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Addiction survivors hold freedom fest

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Some were down and out and homeless, others on the brink of self destruction through drug addiction. Saturday night they came together for an event in Longview to celebrate how they reclaimed their lives.

A concert and stories of overcoming dependency, were the key elements of the first annual freedom fest at Mobberly Baptist Church.

"To see people gather that back up and collect themselves and reclaim it, it's so exciting," said organizer Boomer Lake.

Brett Foster was homeless with a drug and alcohol addiction and came close to ending it all.

"Oh it took everything from me," said Foster. "I didn't have a job didn't have a place to live, bouncing around from place to my lowest point in time, I contemplated suicide."

All recovery groups were invited, as well as individuals who were set free from life-controlling issues by them.

"For over 11 years I was hooked on alcohol and drugs ended up in a deep depression, it can happen to any of us," said recovering addict Tammy Benson.

The celebration was freedom of body and spirit through faith, and reclaiming life.

"So much has been stolen from us, we forfeited it, we get another chance at it again so we're free to become somebody that maybe we were meant to be," said Lake.

"My life has been completely changed 180 degrees and now I love life," said Foster.

Over a dozen recovery groups attended tonight as well as hundreds of those who've been helped by them.

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