In July 18 IssueBy Kim GrahamRCN Reporter
The 2nd Chance Outreach Center held a community meeting last Friday at their new location in Jamestown.
About 30 attendees heard about the drug addiction treatment programs available at the center and personal stories of two people who are being helped by the center.
“This community needs a drug treatment program like this,” said Wes Bottom, a local evangelist who preaches jail revivals.
“There’s not a county out of the 120 counties in Kentucky that don’t need this.”
He said as of the meeting on Friday, 2nd Chance serves 57 counties in Kentucky providing programs for folks who are unable to pay and providing affordable programs from those who can pay.
“There are folks who can pay,” said Greg Troutt, Director of 2nd Chance Outreach Center.
“Every dollar paid goes back into paying bills, purchasing food and other supplies for the program. Every donation goes to the indigent program. Nobody here gets paid a salary.”
The center offers a 7 day detoxification program, an inpatient program, outpatient services and relocation options.
“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.”
All the money to fund 2nd Chance’s free programming is dependent upon donations from local organizations and individuals.
Free, open to the public support meetings held at the center Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m., are often attended by 30-70 people each week.
“We do 6-7 hours of Bible study, character building and integrity training every day in our inpatient program,” said Rev. Troutt.
“We’re teaching relationship, not religion.”
Greg Troutt knows firsthand the problems of drug addiction from his own addiction experience and recovery.
“The only addiction you can have with no adverse side effects is an addiction to Jesus,” said Troutt.
“I got addicted to Jesus and it’s been on fire ever since.”
Scott Caldwell, a missionary who lives and works at the center, has been through the program.
“I’m 43 years old and I spent most of my life on drugs and drinking,” said Caldwell. “This is the most alive I have ever been.”
Caldwell said he’d been through many treatment centers and jail time before getting admitted to 2nd Chance.
“I had the realization that I didn’t need drugs anymore. All I needed was God,” said Caldwell.
“Finally in my life I am happy. I felt something in me saying I need to give something back.”
He and his wife, Shannon have been working at 2nd Chance now for two months he said.
A current resident of the 2nd Chance Program, Tina Barlow, shared her story of a life of abuse and addiction.
She said at one time she worked managing 43 staff members but alcoholism changed all that and landed her in jail after her 3rd DUI. Barlow said she called 22 treatment centers before getting into 2nd Chance.
Now she plans to use her experience and her musical talent to help others.
“I’m happy for the first time in my life,” said Barlow.
“I want to go out and try to reach everyone who is sick and suffers with addiction.”
“I’ve seen thousands of people come through 2nd Chance successfully,” said Troutt.
“I believe what I say and I do what I believe and that’s Jesus Christ.”
For additional information regarding 2nd Chance Outreach call their central office at 270-384-9548.