TIPP CITY, Ohio (WDTN) – To help fight the local drug problem, a local church is helping addicts find recovery.
31-year-old Chad Vinson has overdosed on heroin eight times. Every time he was revived by NARCAN, a medicine that reverses the effects of an overdose.
“I’ve used every substance under the sun, but mostly heroin,” said Vinson.
For Vinson it started off with pain pills and spiraled from there.
“It ruined relationships, financial instability, taken me to places I never thought I would ever go,” said Vinson.
Now, he’s six months sober thanks to Next Step, a church program that helps connects addicts and offers support.
Pastor Mike Martin with Ginghamsburg Church has dedicated 10 years to helping addicts like Vinson recover.
“This isn’t just church, this is a community loving one another and supporting each other no matter where we are in our life. No matter how far we are down,” said Martin.
Church officials say between 200 to 250 people take part in the program. Every Saturday prayers and stories are shared at the church.
Martin is also a recovering addict, 18 years sober. He was addicted to cocaine and alcohol.
“I started out going through the system. I was court ordered to go to AA and counseling, but it wasnt until I found a relationship with Jesus Christ that I was free,” said Vinson.
Next Step is designed to help anyone in need of support. From sex addiction to those dealing with a family crisis.
For Vinson being in the program has changed his life. He works full-time at a car wash in Centerville and spends his nights at church.
“Now, I wake up with no worries in the world every day,” said Vinson.
The church holds weekly services on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. for Next Step. It is free and open to the public.