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Drug & Alcohol Rehab Center

In Russia today, 2.5 million people are addicted to drugs, and 5.1 million use drugs of some kind. Sixty percent of drug users are between the ages of 16 and 30, and more than half of all deaths of people ages 15 to 54 are attributed to alcohol*. Yet Russia’s healthcare system is not well-equipped to handle addicts, and state-run facilities often have low success rates. Twelve years ago, Lubyova Varonina had two sons addicted to drugs and nowhere to turn for help. So, this daring woman found a piece of run-down property 60 miles from the nearest city and, with the help of Samara United Methodist Church, began turning it into a drug and rehabilitation center. Today, the rehab center is also a working farm, where residents tend gardens and livestock that also supply their food. Nearly all of the 10-12 residents have been addicted to drugs and/or alcohol for more than 10 years. Several have tried to reintegrate into society but returned to their addictions. Yet they hold fast to the belief that if anything can heal them from their addictions, faith can. (*http://en.rian.ru, www.npr.org)