QUINCY -- Since 2013, Randy Shover has had a front row seat to see how the faith-based addiction support program, Addicts Victorious Ministries, is changing lives in Adams County.
Addicts Victorious uses a two-pronged approach to addressing addiction issues. The organization offers intensive outpatient counseling four days a week for four or five hours per day.
The organization also offers weekly support groups. There is a Tuesday night support group, open to both men and women at 7 p.m. On Thursday, a women's support group meets at 4 p.m., and a men's support group meets at 5 p.m.
"In a lot of the presentations that we do, we get a lot of skeptical people who question how an addict can come here and after four days is not going to have his addictions anymore," Shover said. "Well, I have seen that happen, but that is the exception to the rule. The typical rule is that they will come in here and we try to give them an education and foundation through the Bible and through God."
Addicts Victorious stresses participation and involvement in church, reading the Bible daily and prayer.
"We hope that foundation will lead people to take what their old normal life was and to create a new normal life where God comes first," Shover said. "With God's help, it is easier to say no to things that they need to say no to and to say yes to things that they need to say yes to."
During his experiences as a board member, board treasurer and as executive director, Shover said he has witnessed how the United Way of Adams County benefits organizations such as Addicts Victorious.
"First of all, the United Way is our biggest single donor," Shover said. "Financially, we rely on the donations to the United Way and what they funnel to us."
He said Addicts Victorious is also given some credibility from its status as a United Way partner, a status it has had for the past nine years.
"We are still a relative unknown in town," Shover said. "If you go out and see a really good movie, then you are going to go out and tell your friends that you enjoyed that particular movie. If you come to this place, and you have a heroin problem, you are likely to not go out and tell your family or friends that, ‘Hey! I have a heroin problem, and these people helped me.'"
Instead, Shover said referrals from other United Way organizations in Adams County and word-of-mouth referrals from former participants help the organization reach new people.
"Referrals (are) one area that the United Way has helped us tremendously," Shover said.
The Addicts Victorious office is in the Horizons Social Services building, 639 York, Suite 210.
For more information about Addicts Victorious or to seek help, call 217-223-1388.