Knoxville church starts program to help drug addicted mothers ge

Knoxville church starts program to help drug addicted mothers get and stay sober

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For the last year and a half Cokesbury United Methodist Church has been working toward opening Susannah’s House, located on Dameron Road in Knoxville. For the last year and a half Cokesbury United Methodist Church has been working toward opening Susannah’s House, located on Dameron Road in Knoxville.
The non-profit started accepting applications and referrals this week for mothers wanting to receive care and support. The goal is to give mothers and pregnant women assistant they need to stay clean and have a happy healthy family life. The non-profit started accepting applications and referrals this week for mothers wanting to receive care and support. The goal is to give mothers and pregnant women assistant they need to stay clean and have a happy healthy family life.
Melissa Hickok has been sober for three months, but for years she's struggled with an opiate addiction. During her pregnancy last year, she was still dependent on the drugs. Melissa Hickok has been sober for three months, but for years she's struggled with an opiate addiction. During her pregnancy last year, she was still dependent on the drugs.
Reverend Rebekah Fetzer with Cokesbury United Methodist Church says church leaders began to see an increasing need for the services so they got the idea to open Susannah's House. Reverend Rebekah Fetzer with Cokesbury United Methodist Church says church leaders began to see an increasing need for the services so they got the idea to open Susannah's House.
By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knoxville church has started a non-profit program to help drug addicted mothers and moms-to-be get clean and stay sober. For the last year and a half Cokesbury United Methodist Church has been working toward opening Susannah’s House, located on Dameron Road in Knoxville.

The non-profit started accepting applications and referrals this week for mothers wanting to receive care and support. The goal is to give mothers and pregnant women assistant they need to stay clean and have a happy healthy family life.

Melissa Hickok has been sober for three months, but for years she's struggled with an opiate addiction. During her pregnancy last year, she was still dependent on the drugs.

“I wanted to stop. The struggle is very hard to stop and to put it down and walk away,” said Hickok.

Her child was born having withdrawals addicted to prescription pills. Hickok says finding assistance to get and stay clean and sober has been difficult. She is not alone.

Reverend Rebekah Fetzer with Cokesbury United Methodist Church says church leaders began to see an increasing need for the services so they got the idea to open Susannah's House.

“We are going to be set up to accept women after they have been through some initial help. They can come here to receive ongoing help for as long as it takes for them to get on their feet,” said Reverend Fetzer.

Hickok will be one of the first women to receive help at the house.

“Finally it’s a place that mothers could go that were pregnant or going through the struggle of losing custody of children who were born addicted. It was awesome to finally have a place,” said Hickok.

Susannah's House is a faith based non-profit program. Any mother trying to recover from addiction is welcome regardless of faith. Services will be offered throughout the week.

“Recovery classes, we'll have classes for parenting for basic life skills,” said Reverend Fetzer.

Hickok hopes the support will help her stay clean and sober so one day she can enjoy a happy healthy life with her family.

“Be able to raise them in a healthy environment without drugs and alcohol, I hope to accomplish that through this program,” said Hickok.

Susannah's House opened this week. They have plenty of room to help more mothers, but church leaders say additional funding and volunteers are needed. For more information call Susannah's House at 865-599-9878.
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