Police say drug addiction fuels crime in our community and one local church is helping fight the epidemic by ministering to recovering alcoholics and drug addicts.
Nik Ehli has cleaned up his life; he was a meth addict for more than 13 years. He's been drug free for more than a year, and credits a north Spokane church for keeping him that way.
"I know for a fact, I would be dead today it wasn't for Pastor Danny Green and Family of Faith Church," he said.
As a matter of fact 80-percent of Pastor Green's church congregation are recovering addicts.
"I do messages about hey tighten boot straps up and do it the way Jesus wants us to do it," Green said.
Green preaches from experience; he too is a former drug user and alcoholic.
"If God can do it in my life, he can do it to anybody's life," he said.
Green says his church, located at the corner of Maple St. and Grace Ave. ministers to people once they get out of treatment. He calls it aftercare where they help people chose God over drugs.
"There are people here who have changed their lives, they're no longer stealing out of homes and out of the businesses," Green said. "So I believe … Family of Faith Community Church is helping clean up Spokane one addict at a time."
Many recovering addicts have no place to live once they get out of treatment that's why the church has three homes where they can stay and live and keep being clean and sober.
"The people here are like me, they relate to me. They know where I come from, they come from the same areas," Ehli said.
Ehli says the support he's received at the church saved his life and he's singing the churches praises.