Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center helps struggling addicts

As we move into 2018 the conversation about how to help people with addictions to drugs and alcohol continues.

An adult rehab center in Flint is just one of several resources helping men recover.

The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center is a six to 12 month drug and alcohol rehab program.

They have everything from licensed counselors to AA meetings.

Their executive director has first-hand experience with an addiction, taking his compassion to another level.

For Robert Buttrey every day is a new beginning he never thought would come.

“I at one time didn't think I'd be alive,” he said.

What started as a teenage drug addiction led to a downward spiral and run-ins with the law. Robert eventually spent six months in jail for a felony forgery conviction.

“Even after that I didn't stop using that continued on until I was about 30 years old into my marriage. I hit rock bottom, I started using crack,” he said.

Robert's wife and kids went to a shelter.

“I lost everything,” he said.

Robert ended up at his parents’ house and telling them about his grueling struggle.

“My dad knelt with me at the couch and prayed with me and led me back to Christ,” Robert said.

Robert says putting Christ first was the start of his new journey. He poured his heart into volunteering, and went back to school, eventually graduating with a Masters degree and 4.0 GPA.

Now Robert's family is back. And for the past eight years he's helped other men at the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center.

“New guys come in they think you don't understand what they're going through or know where you've been so it gives me an opportunity to share with them how God restored my life,” he said.

This month at least four men will graduate from the program, and begin their new journey just like Robert.

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