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Drug and alcohol addiction becoming a growing problem in area

Amarillo, TX - Those struggling with alcohol and drug addiction in our area continue to increase.

One area rehab center needs your help to keep up with the high demand.

Victory Outreach Amarillo is a recovery home for men and women that has been open for almost a year.

In that little time they've already seen the number of people coming to them increase.

They say it will take a community effort for them to help many more people in need.

"We have such a small area for our women, and all of our women stay in this one room. You can see why we are busting out of the seams," says Belina Ruff, Pastor's Wife, Victory Outreach Amarillo Texas Recovery Home.

That's why a bigger facility is needed to help those who are at a bad point in their lives.

"I've been a heroin addict for most of my teenage and adult years. I was in and out of prison, in and out of drug rehabs, medical wards, mental wards and suicidal wards," says April Cronin, participant, Victory Outreach Amarillo Recovery Home.

"I used to be a bad drug addict, hooked on heroin and a prostitute for many , many years," says Victoria Pennington, participant, Victory Outreach Amarillo Recovery Home.

"I was addicted to heroin for five years and I lost two, actually all three of my kids," says Monica Diaz, participant, Victory Outreach Amarillo Recovery Home.

Victory Outreach Amarillo helped turned their lives around.

"We lay a spiritual foundation, with structure and discipline in their lives, something that they've lost along the way somehow and we implement that back into their life," says Belina Ruff, Pastor's Wife, Victory Outreach Amarillo Texas Recovery Home.

Without the room, they are limited on the number of people they can help.

"We have many women and men that call daily, probably ten to fifteen calls a day of people looking to get in. The need is tremendous here in the city of Amarillo," says Belina Ruff, Pastor's Wife, Victory Outreach Amarillo Texas Recovery Home.

The support through this program is free and participants are offered a place to stay for up to a year.

Those in the program say they were given a second chance.

"With all the drug rehabs I've been in and out of, nothing helped me like victory outreach did," says April Cronin, participant, Victory Outreach Amarillo Recovery Home.

"I have a purpose in my life, I now have a relationship with my children again," says Monica Diaz, participant, Victory Outreach Amarillo Recovery Home.

"We are miracles, all of us," says Victoria Pennington, participant, Victory Outreach Amarillo Recovery Home.

If you're interested in helping call Victory Outreach Amarillo Recovery Home 806-367-7033.

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