Lifepoint church is doing their part to offer support to those with drug addictions. The church is hosting an event called Night of Hope Friday, June 9.
“Our community is dropping like flies, so that’s why we are hosting what’s called the Night of Hope,” member of Lifepoint church, Chad Monroe said. “We just want to give people hope over addiction.”
The event will include music, a recovery story from a guest speaker and several treatment vendors. One vendor says that they will leave after the event with a woman in need of recovery and take her straight to treatment.
Rene Dunkin, a member of Lifepoint church, a recovering addict and drug and alcohol counselor, says that she is tired of everyone saying that Portsmouth is nothing more than a drug town.
“I hope that life gets breathed back over our town and that the dark cloud is lifted,” Dunkin said.
Misty Monroe, also a member of Lifepoint church, and a recovering addict, says that she hopes to see a recovery movement take hold in the area.
“I’m a recovering addict and I hope that from this night people see that there is something we can do,” Misty Monroe said. “I think that everyone looks at Portsmouth and just thinks that it’s a lost cause, everyone is just going to die, and I just hope that people can see that this isn’t a lost cause. There are resources that people can have, there are things that we can do as a community to bring recovery, to bring a recovery movement. I mean there’s a drug epidemic right now, but it can become a recovery movement here. I just hope that people see through that night that it’s not a lost cause.”
Everyone in the community is invited to attend the Night of Hope.
“It’s possible, people do survive this, people can overcome it, and there’s life after addiction,” Chad Monroe said.
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