Henderson County In Crisis
Substance abuse & addiction are increasing to epidemic proportions within our small, WNC communities. Every morning, thousands of people in Henderson County alone wake up to another day controlled by drug & alcohol addiction.
For every one of them, an average of five other loved ones is suffering alongside, often in silence. Think you’re not affected by addiction? Think again. Here are the statistics.
The Cries for Help are Overwhelming
In the past 4-5 months alone, First Contact Addiction Ministries has documented contact with over 600 of local members of our community who are seeking assistance with addiction and recovery. The demand for help is much greater than the county’s capacity to provide the assistance. In addition, the number of treatment centers is extremely limited, while the cost for treatment is often prohibitively high. Because of this, many go untreated.
A Synergistic, Christ Centered Solution
In response, Mud Creek Baptist Church has proposed an offer to lease church owned acreage to First Contact Ministries, Inc for the development of a “Life Enhancement Center”. The center would be home to a 7 1/2 month faith-based, residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation program for men and women.
About the Program
This voluntary program will be available to individuals who meet the following criteria:
- They have demonstrated recognition of their need.
- They are genuinely seeking real life change.
- They are willing to commit to the terms of the program.
This program will NOT be available to individuals who:
- Have mental or behavioral health issues (other than addiction).
- Are seeking residency from the homeless shelter or mission.
- Have a history of violent, or sex-related criminal behavior.
Facility Security Features
The Life Enhancement Center program is a voluntary program, designed specifically for individuals who are committed to creating positive and lasting change in their lives. While this is NOT a “lockdown” facility, First Contact is committed to providing a safe and secure environment in which program participants can thrive. The following safety measures will be employed at the facility:
- Cameras will be located inside the building, and at all exits.
- Exits will have an alarm that alerts staff upon opening.
- Facility doors will be locked each evening.
- Staff escorts will be required for anyone leaving the facility.
- Participants exiting the program prematurely will be transported out of the community.