Heroin addiction is on the rise in Louisville


by WHAS editors


Posted on August 22, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 22 at 10:17 PM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - The number of heroin-related arrests is on the rise in Louisville, and there's one place in town that wants to help addicts. 

"My father wasn't around and my mother stayed at work so I had to do what I had to do to survive," James Ross, a recovering heroin addict, said.

Ross is only 26 years old but has lived on the streets and on his own since he was 13. He is batting an addiction to heroin.

"I was doing a whole lot of things to people, hurting other people to the point that it started messing with me real bad--to the point I couldn't sleep at night," he said.

Ross left Richmond, Virg. four months ago and found The Healing Place, thanks to his uncle who lives here.

The Healing Place is a shelter and long term recovery facility and helps more than 250 people like Ross.  On August 22, The Healing Place announced it is expanding its men's facility on Market Street and will be able to help more than 400.

Jay Davidson, Chairman of The Healing Place, said, "With the heroin crisis that we face, it's created a need to expand our facility at the men's campus."

The Healing Place's men's facility is at  capacity daily, and the expansion will allow them to help those that desperately need it.

Ross was lucky. He was able to get help right away without going on the waiting list.

"I'’ve never been this happy in my life. I've never had a God and now I didn't understand it . Now doing things they suggested it really helped me," he said.

Ross is currently studying to receive his GED and said he plans to go to college after that.

The Healing Place hopes to break ground on the new facility later this year, and hopes it is up and running by January 2017.