Jul 9, 2014 6:52 PM by Akeam Ashford

Lafayette program helping people overcome addiction

A statewide agency is helping people overcome drug and alcohol addiction.

Louisiana Teen Challenge provides youths, adults and families Christian faith-based solutions to life-controlling drug and alcohol problems. With eight homes across the state, the group relies solely on donations from the public to operate day to day.

"I'm a former heroin IV user," said Dustin Adams, Louisiana Teen Challenge student. "I always think about how grateful I am that I've been brought from that life."

The journey for these men will take some work before they can put the past behind them.

"These men come in here with a lot on their hearts, but I think everybody deserves a second chance," said Chris Gabilondo, Lafayette Teen Challenge Director.

With an 88 percent success rate, the program connects men 17 and older who are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.

"I can believe it's true, because other rehabs just try to get you clean, here they are teaching you steps to change your life and be obedient and really walk down a good path," said Garrett Glascock, Louisiana Teen Challenge student.

Before walking through the doors, 26-year old Glascock didn't care much for anything, or anyone.

"My outlook on life was all about me. I just thought about how can I make it just for the day. Now its got more to do with how can I help somebody else get through the day; how can I help my brother get through the day," said Glascock.

Special education school teacher Daryl Sea has become that brother Glascock can lean on.

"It's funny because he always says I kept him here the first month or two," said Sea.

Sea said he was living a double life before coming to the program. Leaning on one another, Sea said he's learning to take it one day at a time.

"I want to be a role model. Instead of telling kids what to do, I want to be able to show them, said Sea. "I had the knowledge of what people are supposed to be doing, but I wasn't a living example of what you're supposed to be doing."

The program also helps women and mothers with children.

It does not receive any type of local, state or federal government funding. You can also donate clothes to the organization at any one of 38 donation drop boxes located all throughout Acadiana. Just look for the red and white bins.




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