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Facing An Addiction Together

March 18, 2011, 2:47 PM by Kelli Grant

Facing An Addiction Together
SIOUX FALLS, SD - For every person suffering from an alcohol or drug addiction, three or four more people feel the affects.

That means when we hear that 17,000 people in Sioux Falls are suffering, the number of those affected just keeps multiplying. But an organization in Sioux Falls is hoping they can help eradicate the disease, one person at a time.

It's a place where people in communities across KELOLAND can find help, the right kind of help for their drug or alcohol addiction.

It's called Face It Together Sioux Falls. It's an idea Sioux Falls businessman and recovering alcoholic, Kevin Kirby, thought of a few years ago.

“Today we end up looking at the yellow pages or Google or we try to figure out the answer to the most horrific thing that's ever happened to our family by doing our own research,” Kirby said.

Face It Together provides the right tools for those suffering from the disease, helping them choose a treatment center, even get a job.

It's a place Kristi Metzger says would have helped her six years ago when she began her search for help.

“You know I would sit at home at night, you know trying to do research on the internet of what are my avenues, what are my options,” Metzger said.

Metzger was living with endometriosis and became addicted to painkillers.

“There were only so many pills a doctor would prescribe you and you'd realize ok, I'm at the end of what I have for my prescription and that's just how powerful I think addiction is, is that it starts you down a path of doing things you never thought you would do,” Metzger said.

She was a successful businesswoman on the outside. But on the inside, she was hiding the shame that comes with addiction.

“You know at that point, I pretty much broke down because I knew I wanted so badly to have help but for me it was the shame and stigma that really kept me from getting help myself,” Metzger said.

Finally she found the help she needed, and today life couldn't be better.

“I would say my life today is so much better. It's probably the best my life has ever been, just put it that way,” Metzger says. 

That's what employees at Face It, who've been there themselves, want to eventually hear from those who walk through their doors.

“Their organization is really trying to eradicate the stigma and shame that goes with this terrible disease,” Metzger said. 

Kirby hopes that will happen once a movement begins in Sioux Falls, an awareness he says will create acceptance for a disease that affects so many.

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