MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WNCT) --- Addiction has hit Eastern North Carolina hard. And in places like Carteret County, it can be difficult to find help for addiction.
MirIAM rehab center opened a new building last month at 212 North 35th Street in Morehead City.
MirIAM founder Tami Thomas said, “a lot of times this is the final stage. They don’t know where to go from here. And that’s when I can do something with them. That’s when Jesus can do something with them.”
And for the women at MirIAM, the building and the program that takes place inside it is life changing.
MirIAM program graduate Melissa Seddon said, “if it wasn’t for this program and God bringing me into this program, I don’t know where I would be. My life was out of control. And I never want to live like that again and I don’t have to.”
The program focuses on the power of religion and productive tasks to help redefine the goals of the women.
Amber Barile started the program on Monday after many attempts at other programs.
“I came in so broken,” said Barile. “I’m 26 and I’ve done this for a long time. And I knew that whenever it was the calling to come here, I was already on the way and I just didn’t know it yet.”
MirIAM’s founder Tami Thomas was a drug diversion detective for years before opening the space.
During that time, she saw the massive drug problem taking a hold of Carteret County.
“You keep arresting people,” said Thomas, “and putting them in jail. And then they come out and it’s just a vicious cycle. And I just felt like I needed to try to do something different. To open up a place where these girls can go.”
MirIAM relies on donations and help from the community to help fund the program for women who can’t afford it.
“Because it’s hard to tell somebody that wants help ‘no,’” said Thomas.
If you would like to help, you can go to themiriam.org.
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