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HIGH POINT, N.C. — Heroin is becoming an alarming problem in High Point. Since the end of last year, High Point police have had 39 heroin overdoses. Last week there were seven overdoses in a 24 hour period.

There’s a home in High Point that knows all too well about this heroin problem and they’re trying to help.

“We all have hurts, we have difficulties and we manifest them in different ways,” explains Alice Meindl, with Pierced Ministries and Rehab Services.

The nonprofit has a safe, sober home in High Point to help recovering drug addicts and lately they’ve seen a change. “Less alcohol, less crack, heroin is the number one thing we are seeing at this point,” explains Meindl.

Zachary Hall has been at the safe home for about two weeks.

“A lot of people just don’t care and I was one of those people,” explains Hall, a recovering heroin addict.

Brian Gines is also recovering from his heroin addiction. He is six months into the program. “All it takes is one time that one time could be your last time,” explains Gines.

The Pierced Ministries home isn’t a medical or detox facility. Instead they use counselors and nearby churches to help.

“The healing process has to start and that we believe starts with that relationship with God, so that’s why we are a heavy discipleship program, that’s the main thing we do above everything else,” explains Meindl.

The men going through the program are given random drug tests. If they fail, they are kicked out. “It’s not a paved road all the time — sometimes it will get rocky,” explains Gines.

The home operates completely on donations and volunteers. They are working on getting a second home nearby because of the great need.

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