“Our idea was how can we actually get these people into a room and have a conversation about their addiction,” Johns said. “What we found is a lot of people actually didn’t know what is out there for recovery.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control, heroin addicts relapse eight to 10 times before achieving sobriety. That means accessing the right resources and building a “road map toward recovery” is vital — and starts with the addict, Johns said.
“Ultimately it comes down to the person using drugs saying, ‘you know I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired and I want to try and get help for this,” he said.
To sign up for the next Conversation for Change session, call the East End Community Center at (937) 259-1898.