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Will DL have faith-based treatment center?

Why Detroit Lakes? Better yet, why not Detroit Lakes?

That's the question Pastor Dan Taylor posed to those who attended a public meeting on starting an addiction treatment facility in Detroit Lakes.

Taylor accompanied Todd Wesbrook back to Detroit Lakes to discuss Trinity Mission, a residential drug and alcohol treatment center in Indiana. Taylor is the head of the operation, and Wesbrook works as a counselor at the facility.

Wesbrook traveled to Detroit Lakes, where his family still lives, in March and presented information on meth counseling. People took notice and expressed interest in starting a Trinity Mission-style facility in the area.

So, he returned last week, bringing along his boss. The two men talked with local pastors, business owners, government officials and law enforcement officers besides the general public. Wesbrook said everyone seemed receptive to the idea.

"We don't have the answers, but we do have a piece of the puzzle," Taylor said during the public meeting.

Taylor made it clear it's not Trinity Mission's responsibility to come open a facility, but rather that of the community's. He said with the right group of people, they could get a program started.

Two-thirds of driving while intoxicated offenses involve drugs as well. Also, 84 percent of males and 61 percent of females with addiction problems have one or two parents who were involved in drugs and alcohol, according to statistics Taylor brought along from DWI Offenders under Correctional Supervision.

Taylor said bringing church and community together would cut down on these statistics.

Trinity's 14-month program centers around the three "R"s -- release, renew and restore. There are four phases to the BORN Again program.

First is the Blessing Phase, which is 90 days minimum. Here patients find why they have the addiction, find a home church to attend and begin learning Christian education and to live addiction free.

"The word of Jesus Christ. Sixty-six chapters, folks," Taylor said. "We can get anything we need out of there." He said it's about the information, not psychology.

In the Opportunities Phase, another 90 days minimum, patients find full-time employment and continue with Christian counseling and education.

The Restoration Phase is 90 days in length. Patients learn about the church and what it means, and they learn to "transfer from us to the church," Taylor said. Members of the church become mentors and someone to lean on for addiction patients.

Trinity Mission also teaches patients to have a life goal or vision in this phase.

The New Life Phase is another 90 days, and the final phase. This is like it sounds, making sure the patient has a strong bond with the church he or she has chosen, is doing well in full-time employment and is growing each day.

"If you take Christ out of the formula, you may offend some people, but it won't work," he said.

Taylor said the difference between other 12-step programs and Trinity Mission is his organization is a change in lifestyle, life-transformation.

Wesbrook said a patient once told him, "A 12-step program? Ha. This is a 15,000-step program."

Taylor said there is an 80 percent success rate for people who stay throughout the whole program.

One of the biggest questions on everyone's mind is start-up cost. Taylor said a patient's cost is "a commitment to stay." There is a fee structure at Trinity Mission, but if a patient isn't able to pay, no one is turned away.

It costs the organization about $57-$65 a day per person to run the program.

Taylor said it's important for patients to fulfill past financial obligations before paying for the treatment.

Another question at the public meeting was about training for those running the facility. Taylor said schooling doesn't matter. It's the willingness and knowledge of the Bible that is needed.

Once hired, workers have to go through a special training on how to apply the gospel to real life.

Trinity Mission isn't licensed as an addictions facility, Taylor said, mainly because of the cost.

"We are a ministry," he said.

To get funding for the organization, Taylor said one-third should come from individuals donating. Another third should come from local churches, and the final third is from efforts of the organization, like thrift stores, etc.

"We already have church and government buy-in on this trip. It seems anyway," Taylor said. "You have a great foundation to do this."

The next step in going forward with setting up a facility in Detroit Lakes would be getting a core group of people to be involved. Someone needs to take a lead role, Taylor said.

"You are going to tick off the devil," he said. "When you say yes to this, pray."

For more information on a group of people meeting to start a treatment center in Detroit Lakes, contact Sharon Wesbrook at 844-6009 or Scott Ailie at 847-7435.