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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB-TV)--A local drug and alcohol rehab center is expanding, and taking on a different kind of client. The City of Hope is a drug and alcohol treatment center. And until recently, people trying to recover from substance abuse lived there. Now the facility is offering outpatient treatment.
Michael Hatfield is a twelve year drug abuser. I was running around on the streets, pretty much disowned by my family," says Hatfield.
But earlier this year he went to The City of Hope Recovery Center at the corner of 18th and Standard in West Louisville and now is 6 months clean.
Hatfield says, "I'm still doing classes through the outpatient program."
Hatfield is one of the first people to go through the recovery center's new outpatient treatment program.
"Outpatient tends to work better for people who are further along in their recovery," says Michael Gannon, City of Hope outpatient clinic director.
Gannon says it's for people who don't necessarily need around the clock treatment. "So that maybe they already went through a rehab, they already detox program, they have already gained certain life skills that have helped them."
Right now, there are still lots of empty seats, but Gannon feels confident that will change once word spreads about the outpatient program, drug testing and the flexibility recovering addicts have to go home to their families.
"It's a big commitment to leave your family, your friends and your environment to go commit to 6 months with no income and have to pay to be in a center," says Gannon.
And that's exactly why the outpatient program works for Hatfield. He says,"Especially with a daughter...it's really hard to put your life on hold...'cause she's not going to understand why I'm hitting the pause button on life so I've still got to be there for her as a father...I've got to be there for my family members as well."
The City of Hope is part of Evangel World Prayer Center.