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$29 million expansion to The Healing Place to help fight Louisville's heroin epidemic

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Three-hundred men are turned away from the detox unit at The Healing Place each month simply because there aren't enough beds.

That will soon change. A $29 million expansion will double the size of the detox unit and add more than 150 beds to the long-term recovery program at the nationally-recognized addiction recovery center.  

This will allow about 200 more men struggling with addiction in Louisville to receive the treatment they need. 

“It’s another father, son, husband, brother, friend and coworker who will have a second chance,” said Karyn Hascal, President of The Healing Place. 

Warren Miles got his second chance just about a year ago when he came to The Healing Place. Feeling hopeless, he wanted to make a change. 

"Drinking and drugging, there's no future in that... And it's just that if you want something different you've got to do something different,” Miles said. 

Miles has seen plenty of men come to the center for help who just couldn't get it. The Healing Place men's center is already at maximum capacity. 

"It breaks my heart the number of people they've had to turn down that wanted to get in to this program,” Miles said. 

Now, thanks to project donors and a financial push from the city, 72 percent of the project is funded to date. The James Graham Brown foundation provided the lead gift of $1.5 million for the project. The Kentucky Office for Substance Abuse Police in Frankfort also contributed $500,000. Taxpayer money from the 2015 budget surplus helped to kick off the capital campaign. 

"I am so proud that we've invested  $1.2 million of local money into this cause we'll see it back ten times, quickly,” said Louisville Metro Council President David Yates. 

The Jefferson County community is coming together to battle addiction, an epidemic that killed 268 of its own last year. A DEA agent in the Louisville office told WDRB News just last week that in 2016, one person has died from a drug overdose every day in Jefferson County. There’s been a 65 percent increase in heroin use in Louisville in just six months. 

The message this project sends is clear. 

"If you want the help, the help is here and it's free, don't cost you a dime. Take it from me… if I can get sober, anybody can get sober,” Miles said. 

The Healing Place hopes to break ground on phase one of the project in just a couple weeks. The project will take just about 24 months to complete. The additional detox beds should be available in one year after phase one of the project is complete. 

The Healing Place still needs to raise about $8.2 million to complete the project. For more information, click here

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