PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - West Virginia Attorney General, Patrick Morrisey kicked off a statewide faith base initiative.
Tuesday it reached the Mid-Ohio Valley, and was held at South Parkersburg Baptist Church.
Morrisey says that over 50 pastors from across the region were in attendance.
There were also local law enforcement leaders who spoke along with other first responders.
The walls were filled with resources and information booths explaining what each organization offers to help people battling substance abuse.
One man who has remained sober for three years came out to share his story with the community.
Rich Walters says, “All you have to do is reach out, and that's the hardest part. The phone weighs ten-thousand pounds, to somebody who's seeking treatment. Pride gets in the way, ashamed, guilt, remorse. All of those things get it in the way of somebody asking for help, but none the less there are people like me and several of us out here, who are here to help."
Walters also says that he has sponsored over a 100 people fighting substance abuse and an estimated 12 of those 100 remain sober today.