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Recovery house helps addicts get back on their feet

Joshua Recovery Ministries has five houses in the Dayton area and they're for men who are in transition. (WKEF/WRGT)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - The Dayton area is dealing with a major drug problem, currently topping the nation when it comes to overdoses. But that doesn't mean there isn't hope for addicts.

"My father was a very bad coke addict. I was 5 years old, he gave me cocaine,"said Shaun Gardner.

"I started out about 12 years ago on crack cocaine," said Dustin Jackson.

Shaun Gardner and Dustin Jackson are recovering addicts who live in a home run by Joshua Recovery Ministries.

"It's addicts working with addicts, we alll understand where we come from, we all have a background," said Gardner.

They're required to complete an addiction program first and must be clean 30 days before moving in.

Joshua Recovery Ministries has five houses in the Dayton area and they're for men who are in transition.

"What we do being transitional is we're trying to get a resident from point a to being fully self sufficient, fully self supporting," said Case Manager Kris Haynes.

The home is a safe place where for six months, men learn life skills, get help finding a job and connect with the faith community.

"It's awesome, I'm so glad I found that. I didn't want to find God, I found God, that's the only reason I'm here today," said Gardner.

"Guys are required to get a spiritual mentor, they're also responsible to get an AA sponsor," said Executive Director Ron Wil.

"You've got to work on the core issues, that caused us to use in the first place," said Jackson.

So far, so good for the men.

In fact, Gardner has a job interview.

"What we're hoping is they'll choose recovery, choose life because life is so important and life is short," said Will.

Joshua Recovery Ministries has been around since 2008 and has helped hundreds of men in Montgomery County.

The ministry is now thinking of expanding to Miami County.

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