Turning Point Turning A Corner

A Texoma drug rehabilitation center is looking to the future. Turning Point is an outpatient facility in Graham that has seen amazing success numbers.

Now the Executive Director who helped shape the center is gone -- and a new one has taken office.

"I've always felt the calling to help others, since I was very young," says Pat Swan, the new Executive Director at Turning Point. "I feel my gift is encouragement and helping others."

Others like a person who wishes to remain anonymous. She wished to be referred to as "Sally" and she is living with alcoholism everyday.

"Basically I was a person who started drinking and at an early age, probably the time I was I was 28, 29," says Sally. "I had an alcohol problem. Drank basically out of loneliness."

Swan understands the signs and symptoms and recognizes when someone needs help.

"You begin wanting more and it becomes master of your life, it takes over and your social skills and everyday functions depend on the chemicals," explains Swan.

Sally agrees, "I would start out happy and end in disaster, anger, and depression."

Yet sally knew she had a problem. So she turned to Turning Point.

"Going through the program at Turning Point, gives you a balance in life and saved my life."

The program teaches life skills to it's patients, focuses on rehabbing, and explains to those who are dependent that they are not alone. That's something that gives Swan a purpose.

"When the light comes on after I have talked to them and educated them on chemical dependency its very rewarding," explains Swan. "I've learned that I can't change people but I can spread seeds and hopefully god will open those seeds and they will grow."

Those seeds have grown in clients such as Sally.

"What I learned at Turning Point, I use in some form or fashion everyday," reaffirms Sally.

"If you take someone who is using alcohol and drugs, gets clean and sober, takes charge of their life again, isn't it amazing!" exclaims Swan.

Turning Point is not government funded and only runs on donations by the community.

Their old director, Tim Mills is still working in the field in a surrounding area.

Over 74% of people treated there have stayed clean and sober even two years after completing their program.

Those are numbers Swan hopes to continue as she takes Turning Point into the next chapter.

Mary Moloney, Newschannel 6