Addicted Oklahoma: The Treatment

Addicted Oklahoma

Prescription drug abuse is an American epidemic. They're easy to find, many times purchased legally and consumption can quickly lead to addiction.

That addiction is tearing families apart.

"When it comes to dependency, it's a miserable life," recovering addict Christian Chavez told Fox 25.

We met with Chavez inside Hope Is Alive Ministries, a place he's been staying at for about a year now. He moved here from Texas a couple years back.

"When I got here, I think it took me three days to find a prescription drug," he said.

Just listen to how easy he says it was.

"It's everywhere; elderly ladies, parents, medicine cabinets, friends. It's not hard," he said. "I'm pretty sure I don't have to leave a three block radius to find a prescription drug."

It wasn't long before Chavez' prescription drug addiction turned into a heroin addiction. Lindyn Chavez remembers just how addicted her brother in law.

"It's frightening," she said. "At a point, I wasn't sure if he'd ever [get sober]."

Neither was Chavez. He was convicted of possession back in 2014 and sent to a 90-day treatment center. He tells Fox 25, he had no plans on getting sober.

After a few weeks inside, he says he witnessed a close friend pass away from an overdose, just days after being released from the facility. Soon after, he met Lance Lang, founder of Hope Is Alive Ministries.

"Life change needs to happen because someone is coming from a dark place," Lang said. "We're working with people who are hurting and broken."

Lang is also a recovering addict. He started Hope Is Alive Ministries back in 2012.

"It started with a dream," he said. "We were a group of men who were like minded and wanted to stay sober."

According to Lang, for the most part, staying sober means ditching the pain pills.

"The majority of our men and women are coming in based off some type of prescription drug abuse," he said.

In fact, 75-percent of addicts at Hope Is Alive Ministries are recovering from some sort of prescription drug abuse. But here, they all pay rent, they all get jobs and they all work toward change.

Since day one, the facility has grown to five different homes in the metro, including one for women. Lang says he's seen 60 people walk through his doors.

"I don't believe anyone runs out of second chances," Lang said. "My faith tells me that there's infinite chances for us to have our new life again."

We asked Chavez about the toughest part of recovery.

"Forgiving myself," he told Fox 25. "Knowing that I'm worth it and deserve happiness."

When we met with Chavez, he was a proud uncle, working full-time and happy.

"It's the best thing that's ever happened," Lindyn Chavez said. "He's a wonderful, wonderful man."

For more information on Hope Is Alive Ministries and future events, please click here.

To watch the rest of our Addicted Oklahoma series, click here.

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