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Charlotte, AR--Bob Snell Reports

Rehab Boot Camp is Transforming Drug Addicts

February 16, 2004--Posted at 5:45 p.m.

CHARLOTTE, AR--An Independence county boot camp is helping men with drug and alcohol problems, transform their lives.

With the help of 15 area churches, John 3:16 Ministries opened back in April when the nine year dream of a former drug addict became reality.

Unlike those 12 step, 28 day programs, this is a six month voluntary commitment at no cost to the resident.  Right now there are 9 men participating in the highly structured program.  They are all drug addicts or alcholics, some of them both, who have been in and out of jail most of their lives...

40 year old Bryan Tuggle spent 16 years on drugs and booze, but he's been clean and sober for the last nine. He claims it's only by the grace of god and the power of his word.

"You know there is no end to the Bible. There is always an end to an 8 ball, a half a gallon, a joint, but everytime we read and study God's word, it produces life," said Tuggle.

Tuggle is the leader and passion behind this ministry, located on a 32 acre former veteran's rehab center.  "I try to teach them, let God turn your stumbling blocks in stepping stones," said Tuggle.

Tuggle said his job is to retrain minds and hearts, through structure, soemthing most addicts don't have.  He offers intense daily bible study, fellowship with like believers, and work, lots of work...

15 area churches help support John 3:16 Ministries, which relies totally on donations.

As far how the men will deal with the temptations once they leave, long time user Cecil Rutledge said, "In AA, they say once an alcholic, once a druggie always a druggie, but it ain' that way with God. He just cleans it out. He takes care of it."

"You just keep the joy of the Lord stirred up in you and you stay high on Jesus instead of high on dope. I know i'll be tempted, but through the power of God, I know I can handle it," said resident and former drug addict Terry Garrison.

John 3:16 Ministries can only take 9 men right now, but hope to be able to handle up to 30 men within five years.  6 men have already graduated from the boot camp.

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