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A huge asset to Southeastern North Carolina, the former, Camp E-Tik-Etu, is now Southeastern Carolina Crossroads. The non-profit group held their Open House yesterday, Sunday, June 28th at their location on Susie Sandhill Road. The vision of a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Bladen County started to form about 10 years ago according to Bruce Cannon, Director of Missions for the Bladen Baptist Association. Now, that vision is a reality because some determined community members did not give up.

Cannon spoke Sunday at the open house about the various turns and twists they have seen over the numerous years trying to bring this desperately needed mission project to Bladen County. Cannon introduced Representative William Brisson, guest speaker and an instrumental part in the project from the beginning.

Brisson spoke about the need for a rehabilitation center in Southeastern North Carolina and the hope he has for the non-profit. He said, “I don’t think there is a family that is not affected by a loved one with an addiction problem.” Brisson offered some advice to people dealing with family members with addictions, “Encourage them to seek the help and be sure they know the help is there.”

David Chestnutt, Director over the program explained the goals, services and atmosphere they hope to achieve. He said, “It’s basically like Vacation Bible School for men without the arts and crafts.” According to Chestnut, it is designed to provide a positive, loving atmosphere in which men are encouraged to know Christ personally. Through Christ’s teachings they will gain a better understanding that through the Word of God, every need in their life will be met.

Chestnutt introduced, Jeremy, a young man who just completed their treatment services and now plans to work at the center offering help to others. Jeremy said, “I have a relationship with God now and the only time I’m going to look back is to help pull someone else out of a bad situation.”

According to SECC, daily group teachings, pastoral counseling, personal Bible study and prayer are offered as part of the treatment process. The treatment process is combined with a disciplined schedule, healthful climate, nutritious food and relaxing recreation, setting the non-profit apart from other rehab facilities.

Chestnutt said, “There is only one fee of $500 to receive treatment here. Anyone needing assistance can come and receive help.” If you know a male 18 years or older needing treatment for addiction contact Southeastern Carolina Crossroads today at secarolinacrossroads@gmail.com, visit their website at http://www.secarolinacrossroads.com/.

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