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Healing Place adds new building, doubles addiction services

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The Healing Place in Louisville is planning to build a new Men's Campus at the corner of 10th and Market Streets to allow the organization to double its services. The Healing Place in Louisville is planning to build a new Men's Campus at the corner of 10th and Market Streets to allow the organization to double its services.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The Healing Place in Louisville is planning to build a new Men's Campus at the corner of 10th and Market Streets to allow the organization to double its services.

“Heroin was my main poison, but just about anything you'd put in front of me I'd do it,” said recovering addict Cory Williams.

About 95 percent of the men who come for help are addicted to heroin. The only problem is the demand for help is too high.

“On average we are turning 20 people away a day...20 from our detox facility,” said Doug Scott with the Healing Place.

The campus is expanding and has reached a $5.3 million milestone for funding. It will go from 24 detox beds to 50 and treating more than 400 men in long-term recovery.

“It's shown me a new way to live, be a productive member of society and help me change the way I think act and react to most situations in life,” said Williams.

Williams has been sober six months, but he isn't the only one whose life has changed at the Men's Campus. One man who wants to remain anonymous has been sober three years after relapsing several times with heroin and Oxycontin.

“Anytime something came up I didn’t like, I tried to go through life with the least amount of discomfort as possible and you end up paying for that,” he said.

The healing place does not use medication to help with a detox, however at a panel discussion on Thursday on the heroin epidemic, Dr. Kelly Clark says evidence shows medication is the most effective way to treat addictions.

“Sits on the brain receptor that helps people get high and it sits on that receptor and basically when people take heroin they don’t feel it,” said Dr. Clark.

But these two recovering addicts think otherwise.

“So this is the only time I’ve come off of it cold turkey and it worked.  You know I remember the pain… I remember the pain. I'm of the opinion that you're not gonna quit unless you've had you’re a** kicked enough,” said the anonymous man.

They men said they needed to listen and refocus their addictive personalities.

“I know how to get high, but I don’t know how to get sober -- so just listening and learning,” said Williams.

“I've been so selfish my entire life. I'm a feelings junkie. I got to feel good and I never knew you could feel good from helping people,” said the anonymous man.

If everything goes according to plan The Healing Place hopes to break ground on the new center in January.

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