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Grace Haven Gives Help To Former Drug Addicts

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FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Ohio -

The drug game has taken hold in many communities, and as much as they try to battle back, the addictive nature can be hard to defeat.

In Fairfield County, that fight has taken on such a priority that the sheriff's office has a team dedicated to finding buyers and sellers and putting them behind bars.

But once they get out, there are plenty of people who try to get former addicts back on the right track.

"There are so many people in our community trying to go that extra mile," said Loretta Phalen, Executive Director of Grace Haven Ministries.

Grace Haven has two homes where up to eight women can stay for up to a year.

They offer services, a safe place to go, and above all, bring hope to some that were once hopeless.

"It is a life and death ministry. What I say is we are on the front lines. Don't volunteer at Grace Haven if you want to feel gushy-feely. It's going to be tough," Phalen said.

Beth Callahan is a recovering addict staying at Grace Haven.

"It was a full-time job, one to two grams of heroin a day," Callahan said.

She stayed at Grace Haven, got clean, then fell back into some bad habits, and landed back in jail for nine months.

"I was very selfish about my drug use," Callahan said.

Back at Grace Haven now, Callahan tells NBC4 that she has to stay clean this time around. She has no choice.

"I couldn't thank Loretta and her husband enough, for giving me this second chance to come here and get it right this time," Callahan said.

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