Local non-profit group, NFL players help fight drug addiction – WSB-TV Channel 2

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COBB COUNTY, Ga. – With more people struggling with addiction, COVID and the economy, stress is taking its toll on many families.

Channel 2’s Dave Huddleston spoke to a non-profit group that finds ways to help others.

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The Davis Direction Foundation Zone is a place where people recovering from addiction can come for help.

The 21,000 square foot complex provides support for people, many of them in Cobb County, who are struggling economically or recovering from drug addiction.

For eight years, Missy Owen, co-founder of the Davis Direction Foundation, has been leading the way.

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She told Huddleston that more and more people are struggling with drugs and economic inflation.

“People who are really struggling on a fixed income are showing up more and more frequently,” Owen said.

The pandemic hasn’t helped either. Before COVID, Owen was seeing 3,000 people a month; now it’s 5,000 a month. But she does not reject anyone.

“We serve three meals a day. Our doors are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and they come for all of our services,” Owen said.

On Saturday, June 25 at 10 a.m., the foundation is hosting a fundraiser called Beyond The endZONE at Mount Paran Christian School in Kennesaw.

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NFL greats Brandon Mitchell and Darren Waller with the Las Vegas Raiders will be at the event to share their stories of addiction and recovery.

“They are not paid to come to this event. They want to share their stories and tell people how important it is to start having conversations with your kids so they know what drugs can do and how they can destroy lives,” Owen said.

For more details on the event, click here.

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