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Addicts Victorious celebrates 27 years of helping people get sober

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - Police in the Tri-States are locking people up everyday for serious drugs including meth.

More than 100 people gathered in Quincy on Saturday to celebrate an organization that has helped many people overcome drug and alcohol addiction.

Those who knew Susanne Depew a decade ago would barely recognize the person who spoke Saturday at the 27th anniversary of Addicts Victorious.

"I was living a life on the run," Depew said. "I was using alcohol, marijuana, prescription pills. I was in and out of the bars. I was in and out of jail. I was angry."

Depew credits her new sober life to the Addicts Victorious Program, a Christ-centered program that has helped people here in the Tri-States overcome addictions to drugs and alcohol.

Pastor Jerald Jenkins is the Executive Director of the program and says they work together with other recovery programs and law enforcement agencies to solve what he calls a major problem across the country.

"By using the Bible; that's the only thing we use, we found a process that we can work people through in our five-day program and they can actually be totally set free if that's what they want," Jenkins said.

"When people come in we tell them to respect law enforcement," Jenkins said. "You know, they're out there putting their life on the line for us everyday and we're just trying to work together to solve all of the problems because we have a problem in all of our communities."

Jenkins says his program doesn't work for everyone, but only those who really want to help themselves and and DePew says she was one of those people.

"Totally surrendering to Jesus Christ and letting him change my life and reading my Bible and staying faithful and praying and just letting him take over my life," Depew said.

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