Almost everybody knows someone that has had their life affected by some type of substance abuse, and Anchor Point Recovery Center hopes to help women struggling to fight addiction.

Almost everybody knows someone that has had their life affected by some type of substance abuse, and Anchor Point Recovery Center hopes to help women struggling to fight addiction.
Shane Goings, the center’s director, plans to treat as many as 40 women each year at the fledgling facility.  Housing mother’s with their children as they receive treatment is quite uncommon, and many moms must give up custody of their kids before entering these programs.
“A lot of women are not going to seek help, if they are going to lose their kids,”   Goings said.  “We are focused on bringing healing to the lives of every mother and child that will stay here.”
The center is in its infancy, but the facility’s planners hope community support will help further fund its progress.
“We have already raised $23,000 to purchase the land,”  Goings said.  “We will need an additional $97,000 to build the building.”
Construction on the center’s ten-acre site by the Remmel Church will begin once $50,000 has been raised.
“It will take a tremendous amount of effort from many donors and volunteers,”  Goings said.  The women will be required to spend a minimum of six months at the center for treatment, and they will receive a more faith-based approach to their problems.
“Most of the state facilities have a minimum of 30 days, but I don’t believe much success will happen in that short of a time,”  Goings said.  “We are going to focus on a relationship with Christ.  Most places teach addicts about the disease concept, and they aren’t allowed to talk about God.”
The treatment will be provided at no cost to the troubled women and their children, but program participants will work in the community.
The facility aims to provide a rural setting with a loving and nurturing staff to teach Bible study, GED classes and parenting training.
Sometimes treatment must focus on more than just the dependence on drugs or alcohol.
“Drugs are the problem on the surface, but there is always much more to be addressed than the addictions themselves,”  Goings said.  “Wounds and hurts of the past are the true problem.”
Goings, who graduated in May from the Center for Advanced Ministry Training at Harding University in Searcy, also thinks the facility’s seven-member board will make it more successful than other treatment programs.
“Part of the uniqueness of Anchor Point is that we have a board of seven Christian men and women that are dedicated to support these women and children,”  Goings said.
Self-medication by using drugs and alcohol is an escape from their lives for these women.
“They feel empty and hurt inside, so they look for a way to make these feelings go away,” Goings said.
Remmel Church has partnered with Anchor Point, and program residents will be given the chance to attend all services there.  Lou Butterfield, the church’s pulpit minister, thinks Goings and his wife, Cheyenne, will do a great job because of their combined experience.
“Shane and Cheyenne have really turned their lives around, and now they want to help other people,”  Butterfield said.
Both had their children taken from when they met in 2004, but the couple has now found God and is looking to help others.
Cheyenne will serve alongside her husband as the center’s assistant director.
Being born into a great family does not protect one from falling into the trap of drug addiction.
“I had every reason to not be a loser, but I chose to be one,”  Goings said.  “I was raised with every opportunity.  My dad worked extra hard to make sure we had everything we needed when I was growing up.”
Abusing drugs at a young age happened despite Going’s proper upbringing.
“By the time I was 15, I had been introduced to methamphetamine,”  Goings said.
Before getting clean, Going’s addiction almost cost him his life when he resisted a robbery while trying to buy some drugs.
“I couldn’t let him take my money because I really wanted that hit of crack,”  Goings said.  “As I went to knock the gun away from him, he pulled the trigger and the gun clicked.”
Some might see that as a simple misfire, but Goings thinks it means much more.
“That was one of the many times God has put a miracle in my life,”  Goings said.  “I should have died that night.”
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