Upstate church helps drug addicts recover using in-house rehabilitation center


CLAIMS POURING IN BY THE HUNDREDS. GOVERNOR NIKKI HALEY SAYS WE ARE NOT SEEING THE SAME ISSUES. I WAS A NEEDLE JUNKIE. I ENDED UP ON THE STREETS. I ENDED UP SLEEPING BEHIND DUMPSTERS. MORE THAN 700 PEOPLE DIED OF A DRUG OVERDOSE IN 2014 IN SOUTH CAROLINA ACCORDING TO THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL. ONE UP STATE CHURCH IS WORKING TO KEEP EX-CONS WHO ARE ADDICTS OFF THE STREETS OF GAFFNEY AND ON THE PATH TO RECOVERY. AS 7NEWS REPORTER NICKELLE SMITH TELLS US, THEY ARE SAVING LIVES IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE. Reporter: BEHIND THE WALLS OF AN OLD SCHOOLHOUSE. YOU SEE IT EVERY DAY. Reporter: LESSONS JOHN LOCKLEER SAYS BROUGHT HIS BABY BOY BACK INTO HIS LIFE. I SHOT TWO GRAMS OF METH A DAY. Reporter: THOSE DARK DAYS BECAME YEARS IN AND OUT OF PRISON UNTIL HE FOUND THE CHURCH BUILDERS OF GAFFNEY FOUR MONTHS AGO. THERE IS A LOT OF LOVE HERE. IT IS NOT LIKE REGULAR REHAB. Reporter: THIS ONE IS RUN BY PASTOR MICHAEL MCLEMORE WHO BATTLED HIS OWN ADDICTION TO ALCOHOL. GLAD PLACED IT ON MY HEART TO REACH OUT TO PEOPLE IN ADDICTION. Reporter: THEY HOUSE 60 PEOPLE AT A TIME SETTING UP RULES TO HELP THEM OVERCOME THEIR ADDICTION GIVING THEM HOPE AT A BETTER LIFE. EVERY MORNING AT 7:30, THEY ARE OUT OF BED. AT 7:45 IN THE MORNING WE ARE DOING EXERCISES UP HERE THREE DAYS A WEEK. ♪ [ MUSIC ] ♪ Reporter: IT IS THE KIND OF DISCIPLINE HE SAYS HELPS THESE MEN AND THE COMMUNITY HE BELIEVES LACKS SIMILAR RESOURCES. WHEN THESE GUYS ARE HERE, THEY ARE NOT IN JAIL. WHEN THEY ARE HERE, THEY ARE NOT IN THE TRAP HOUSE. WHEN THEY ARE HERE, THEY ARE NOT IN THE STREETS. THEY ARE NOT COMMITTING CRIMES OR ROBBING TO FEED THEIR HABITS. Reporter: HE SAYS THE NONPROFIT RUNS ON DONATIONS AND IS STRUGGLING FINANCIALLY DO KEEP ITS DOORS OPEN FOR PEOPLE IN DESPERATE NEED OF HELP. THIS PLACE SAVED ME. YOU KNOW WHAT I’M SAY SOMETHING IT REALLY SAVED ME. Reporter: IN GAFFNEY, NICKELLE SMITH, 7NEWS. MORE THAN 200 PEOPLE HAVE GONE THROUGH THE PROGRAM WITH AN 80% SUCCESS RATE.

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