The Healing Place, Heroin and Helping Celebrate Freedom

On Friday, the Healing Place holds its annual Celebrate Freedom Dinner. Laurie Dhue, a former cable TV news anchor who appeared on MSNBC, CNN and Fox, will be there to talk about her personal journey and recovery from addiction.

Laurie Dhue
Laurie Dhue

She will be a guest on my podcast, the Rusty Satellite Show, and I’m looking forward to speaking with her. If you don’t know about the work of The Healing Place, you should. Addiction is not pretty, and ruins more lives than you can imagine. I went to the Celebrate Freedom Dinner a few years ago, when the actress Ashley Judd spoke about her battles with addiction. She didn’t speak that night as an acclaimed actress, but as a recovering, humble addict.

If you’re not aware of how big the problem of addiction is, and how much it’s growing, consider what’s going on at the Healing Place. They’re undergoing a $20 million expansion, the need for services growing due to the heroin epidemic. Yes, the same heroin problem that Kentucky legislators are addressing this session, the one that doesn’t discriminate. The fastest-growing segment of the organization’s needy — 18-25 year-old heroin addicts from Louisville’s East End.

If you’d like to go to Friday’s event, click here for ticket info.

An Op-Ed in the Courier-Journal this week, written by Development Project Manager Laci Comer, illustrates the need:

The Healing Place is needed now more than ever. The heroin epidemic is exploding. Heroin addicts make up 96 percent of those coming in to detox. Our fastest growing population: 18 to 25-year-olds from Louisville’s East End and Oldham County. Heroin is one of the biggest reasons that we are expanding our men’s campus in downtown Louisville —we just can’t keep up with the demand for services.