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Recovery center changing women's lives

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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - An alcohol and drug addiction recovery center in Valdosta is changing the lives of women.

The Pines Family Campus celebrated that success on Friday. Counselors say knowing where to go for help is the first step toward recovery.

The end of drug awareness week marks the beginning of recovery for those with drug and alcohol addiction.

"I'm an alcoholic and a drug addict and I'll be clean a year November 8th," said Missy Pendleton, a Pines resident.

Residents at the Pines Family Campus gave testimonies and read essays.

"I know I'm a work in progress and that's okay," said Angela Wilson.

"I have to put faith in God and myself to know that I can have a life without drugs or alcohol," said Alexis Waters.

Mayor John Fretti presented a proclamation and congratulated the next woman who will graduate from the recovery program. He named October 23 as Pines Family Campus Day.

Twenty-eight women and 67 children live here at the Pines Family Campus. Living in a substance free environment helps women regain control of their lives as they make the commitment to stay clean.

Pines Program Coordinator Elizabeth Harbin says the longer the women stay, the more stable they become. Typical time spent is one year.

 "By the time they leave the facility, they're able to maintain that voucher  they get from the Department of Community Affairs for a section 8 housing voucher," said Harbin. "They keep that. They're able to get jobs. They start paying rent."

Resident Dennett Cleveland says there is a second chance for women out there who want help.

"It'll help you with you're addiction you know, with parenting finding who you are if you've lost yourself down the road," said Cleveland. "You can bring yourself to this place and recover."

The program ended with a thanks to the group from Leadership Lowndes who adopted the Pines as their service project.

Seventy two percent of the women who graduate the recovery program maintain clean and sober lives.

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