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Drug recovery program trying to expand services

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) --  Time is running out for a local drug and alcohol recovery program trying to spread its wings.

The Healing Place needs help to extend its services in Louisville and Southern Indiana.

The Healing Place is what saved Patrick Fogarty in his fight against a powerful drug addiction.

"In the world of addiction I was considered at rock bottom. I needed help," says Fogarty.

And at the bottom, Fogarty realized he was by himself.

"I completely lost all my family and friends."

With no family and friends and nowhere else to turn, Fogarty ended up in a 12-step recovery program at the Healing Place. Now he helps others do the same as a recovery specialist.

"The demands for our services have increased so much over the last year in a half," says The Healing Place's Jay Davidson.

With so much demand, The Healing Place is in the process of expanding its men's shelter and paying off the women's facility. But there's a problem.

"We need to get pledges in the amount of $1.2 million dollars to get the Kresge $800,000," says Davidson

The Healing Place has raised $17 million dollars in the last few years, but the goal is $19million, which will lead to grant money to help finish the job.

Davidson adds, "So we have $2 million yet to raise to finish off the women's facility."

When The Healing Place gets all of the money, the goal is to expand across the river into southern Indiana.

"We've met with all of the three city mayors for each of those communities, and they've come to us and said we have a tremendous need," says Davidson

Fogarty says, "I'd be dead right now if it wasn't for The Healing Place."

Fogarty says the healing place saved his life, and he believes the expansion will help it do the same for others.

"We have a waiting list here, and it's just hard to imagine that there are people out there just dying to get in here. Literally."

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