In July 9 IssueBy Kim GrahamTimes Journal Reporter
Monday, July 6th The Pinehurst Lodge became 2nd Chance Outreach Center's newest location serving Russell County and beyond.
"Our mission is to reach all 120 counties in Ketucky for Christ," said Rev. Greg Troutt. "Our goal is to help those bound by addiction to be set free."
2nd Chance will be able to serve up to 80 people in short term or long term residential treatment programs at the new facility on U.S. Hwy 127 Business North in Jamestown.
The treatment facility offers many programs with various inpatient or outpatient services including weekly support meetings.
The support meetings, held Tuesday and Thursday evenings, are approved to meet requirements of court ordered attendance by drug offenders.
"I receive court ordered cases from courts in close to half the counties in Kentucky," said Troutt.
Jamestown Mayor Brooks Bates says the Jamestown Police Department has not had any calls regarding anyone affiliated with the center.
"I'm sure they are certified and well monitored by the State," said Mayor Bates.
Currently, there are nine people in the residential program at the Jamestown location and one on the way. The phone rarely ever stops ringing with people desperate to find help for addicted friends and loved ones.
"People looking to get into treatment stay on the phone for days trying to get into a treatment facility," said Donita Lawless, Russell County Partners in Prevention Grants Project Director. "I think what Greg Troutt is doing for the community is a wonderful service. He's filling a great need."
National news coverage centered on Kentucky's growing drug problem aired earlier this week on NBC national news. Mark Potter with NBC news told heartbreaking stories about promising young people in Morehead and Mt. Sterling, Kentucky who died of overdoses.
Rev. Greg Troutt knows the problems in Kentucky well through his work to help people with life threatening addictions.
"Last year, 485 people died in Kentucky from prescription drug overdoses," said Troutt. "Kentucky is number one in the nation in using prescription drugs for nonmedical purposes during this past year."
Through 2nd Chance Outreach Center, many addicts receive a new lease on life.
"Our success rate for completion of detoxification and scheduled treatment is over 80 percent," said Troutt.
Many times, phone calls to the center are referrals from major treatment facilities around the state.
The Trillium Center, UK Medical Center and East Baptist Regional and other drug treatment facilities across the state refer cases to 2nd Chance Outreach Troutt said.
"Most of the people referred from other treatment programs had no place to go or no insurance," said Troutt. "Most people who don't get service aren't getting it because they don't have the money."
He said many rehab centers charge $30,000 per month to treatment. 2nd Chance Outreach offers help to those who can't afford services at other facilities.
"We gave about $1.5 million worth of services last year in Russell and Adair Counties to people from 53 counties in Kentucky and folks from 12 other states across the nation," said Troutt. "Those who can afford to pay, pay a much lower rate than they would at other major drug rehab programs."
Care for clients continues with help from 2nd Chance through relocation and placement with independent living houses across the country.
"We've put a referral base together," Troutt said. "I can put graduates of the program in any major city in the U.S. to continue their after treatment plan in an independent living house."
At independent living houses, those recently completing treatment work, go to nightly meetings, and have a curfew he said.
"They start paying their own way within the first two weeks," said Trout.
Some graduates of the program come back to serve alongside the folks who helped them beat addiction.
"My husband went through the program and caring for other's health and wellbeing is something that I always knew I was supposed to do," said missionary Shannon Caldwell. "We started coming on weekends to volunteer but it wasn't enough."
She said her husband Scottie and she rented their home in Washington County and moved to Jamestown to be full time missionaries at 2nd Chance so that they could do more to help others break their addictions.
The center contributes to the community by shopping and spending their money with businesses in the county.
"We spend about $4,000 a week locally on gas, groceries and other supplies," said Troutt.
All the money to fund 2nd Chance's free programming is dependent upon donations from local organizations and individuals.
"We need support from the community through monthly sponsorships and pledges," said Troutt. "We are also in dire need of volunteers."
Anyone interested in learning more about 2nd Chance Outreach is invited to attend a Community Meeting Friday, July 10, 2009 at 5 p.m. at the front office in their new home at the old Pinehurst Lodge.
"Any questions you have, we're an open book," said Troutt. "We invite people to come down anytime and do a walk-through of the center."
For additional information call 270-384-9548.