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Nash rehab program for drug dealers producing results

Posted July 17

— Recovery options for people addicted to drugs are available across the state, but a program in Nash County aims to help drug dealers put their lives back together as well.

Nashville Police Chief Thomas Bashore launched the Hope Initiative last year to helping users and dealers recover from their lifestyle. To date, it has helped nearly 170 people by providing positive role models, support groups and mentorship.

"I'm here for a reason, and I have a purpose, and I'm here to touch other people's lives," said Thomas Spikes, an early participant in the program who now works with Bashore to help other dealers get out of the drug business.

Spikes, 24, said he began using drugs at age 12, and he eventually turned to dealing heroin to support his $2,300-a-day habit.

"I've overdosed four times. I've been hospitalized once," he said.

His dealing landed him in jail and in the Hope Initiative. Now, he's been clean for 10 months.

"To be able to call Chief Bashore and talk to him as a friend, that's something I've never had in my life," he said.

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