Restoration House restores new life in women battling addiction

Restoration House restores new life in women battling addiction

HARRISBURG, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 ministry is working to change the lives of women everywhere.

If you've driven through Harrisburg, you may have seen a sign and wondered what's behind the doors to the 2-story home.

"We believe that the girls that are here, every single one, if they walk in the door they are supposed to be here," Ruth Brown, executive director of Restoration House said.

Behind the doors of 801 North Illinois in Harrisburg are 19 women committed to overcoming the things controlling their lives.

Restoration House takes in women over the age of 18 who have life controlling problems.

Women battling drug and alcohol addiction along with domestic abuse come to Restoration House for change.

"It's like you're breaking up with your old self," Madalyn Roussel said.

Roussel started doing drugs when she was 15 and has been at Restoration House for 2 and half months.

"I always had a desire to have more for my life, but before I came here I'd lost all of that," Roussel said.

She's not alone. Dana Young has battled addiction for 20 years and has been at the home for 3 and half months.

"I went back to hell 3 days before I got here, and it scared me to death, and I knew if I didn't seek out help and get it this time, I was going to die," Young said.

Cheri Frey has been at Restoration House for a month, but this isn't her first stay.

"I fell right back down to where I was before, and I knew the only way I was going to get better was to come back," Frey said.

She came back to the 10-month program where structure, scripture, and sisterhood are the key.

The program gives women a structured schedule, starting with exercise at 6 a.m., devotions, breakfast, class time, lunch, work detail, free time, and a chapel service at 6:30 p.m.

Roussel said she's never known this kind of support.

"These sisters, all of us here, the unity and the love that we all show each other is just amazing," Roussel said.

"You can definitely come out of your addiction and make it in the world without drugs or alcohol," Frey said.

The non-profit can always use financial support since no woman has to pay for her stay at Restoration House, but Brown said they need more than that.

"We need prayer, lots of prayer," Brown said. "We've got girls from all different walks of life."

As for the 19 women working to rebuild their lives and families, they have a message for anyone struggling with addiction.

"There's hope," Young said. "Don't give up hope no matter where you're at."

With the transformation, the woman said they can now see a new future for their lives and are setting great goals to achieve their dreams of stability.

The Restoration House is part of the upcoming Howl for Humanity fundraiser sponsored by Families Inc.

Restoration House's game is on October 31st against Georgia State.

For more information on Restoration House call 870-578-2604 or visit

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