LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A former Fox News anchor put a face on the disease of alcohol and drug addiction Friday morning, all in an effort to help raise money for the Healing Place and its massive expansion.

Laurie Dhue was in Louisville today.

"I was hosting my own show on CNN and the Fox News Channel," Dhue said. "The world would look at me on TV and say, 'She's got her act together.' But I didn't. And for 18 years, I suffered in silence and lived this awful double life."

But that changed for Dhue when she decided to get sober eight years ago.

"I knew if I kept drinking the way I had kept drinking, I was going to die," Dhue said.

She was in Louisville to speak at the Celebrate Freedom Dinner for the Healing Place.

In less than six months, the Healing Place has raised $12.9 million towards its $20 million fundraising goal. It will be used for an expansion of the men's detox and treatment campus on West Market Street. It would house up to 50 men in the detox unit and nearly 430 men in the recovery and transitional living programs.

Jay Graham/Healing Place Vice President:

"The heroin crisis...it's had a dramatic effect at The Healing Place," said Jay Graham, vice president of The Healing Place. "Just a few months ago, the number of people who have been or are detoxed suffering from heroin was only five percent of our population. Now it's at 95 percent and it's not slowing down anytime soon."

Karyn Hascal, President of Healing Place:

"Senate Bill 5 was introduced early in the session," said Karyn Hascal, president of The Healing Place. "House Bill 213 was introduced just a week ago, they are both designed to address the heroin epidemic."

Several local agencies and businesses have donated already. Now the organization is asking for donations from the public.

"This is about the disease of addiction, which kills far more people than breast cancer does every year, and yet addiction doesn't get really the amount of attention because of the shame, blame and the stigma," Dhue said.

The Healing Place provides substance abuse recovery services and housing at no cost to clients.

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