The Delta Record | Buckhannon offers sources for addiction and mental illness

BUCKHANNON — Celebrate Recovery is a 12-step program to help people with addiction, mental illness or any other difficulty in life. Program coordinator Doug Spears said, “We are here to help anyone with injuries, habits or blockages.

Spears reported that he was a recovering drug addict himself, who began dating his wife and another couple to overcome his addiction. Spears then heard about the Celebrate Recovery ministry and went to a meeting held at a church in Lost Creek.

“After that night, I just knew I was supposed to bring this back to Buckhannon,” Spears said.

The coordinator is very passionate about the group and says it continues to grow. “Drug addicts or anyone in trouble need camaraderie. Socializing is everything,” Spears said. “We strive to create a good atmosphere and want everyone to find help and healing during all of life’s difficulties.”

Spears reported that while drug addiction is the most prominent, there are many other forms, such as gambling or sex addiction. “Mental health is also very important. Often we will see members with a dual diagnosis, which means someone is struggling with both an addiction and a mental illness,” Spears noted. “Another thing is that if you recover and your friends are still using, it gives you a connection with new people. That way you won’t feel so alone in recovery. We also want you to have fun. Recovery doesn’t have to be terrible.

Celebrate Recovery is free for the community. Meetings are held on Tuesdays at Living Word Church of God, located at 16 Thurman Avenue. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m. followed by a large group meeting at 6:30 p.m. The open sharing group is at 7:30 p.m. and the Crosstalk Café is at 8:00 p.m.

For more information, Doug Spears can be reached by phone at (304) 619-7537.

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