As Rev. Enoch Fuzz, pastor of Corinthian MBC continues in his journey with stage four lung cancer, the current focus is to inform and share information on the wiles of opioids. With an opioid addiction not being on his radar at all, this huge problem has crept into Rev. Fuzz’s life and opened his eyes wider to the disturbing epidemic. In his quest to find relief from his own addiction, Rev. Fuzz has discovered that there is help for everyone. He is using his journey as a platform to inform the community through the form of three-drug treatment modules: spiritual, medical, and natural.
Last week we talked a little about the spiritual model at Discovery Place Rehab. This week, the medical drug treatment model brings awareness through Buffalo Valley Rehab Center.
“This part of my story with cancer is being told to save a life,” Fuzz said. “My goal is to save one life and to help inspire people addicted to overcome their war with dope. My pain has a purpose, and I’m sure it does. That’s why we will interview the people that God has placed in my journey and help them to share the victory of the victims.”
Buffalo Valley deals strictly with the detox phase with medical treatments such as Subutex, Suboxone, Clonidine, and Valium. Brooke Thompson is a nurse who treats patients with the utmost confidence and states that the facility receives patients from alcoholism to drug addictions. There are alcohol addictions that cause people to drink entire gallon bottles of hand sanitizers. Thompson said that Fentanyl, a powerful opioid drug intended for the use of treating severe pain, is now found in everything. Individuals of all ages often feel that they will take pills in lieu of what they consider ‘using drugs.’ When they are tested for marijuana or pills such as Oxycodone, Percocet, and Lortab, they are surprised to find when they are tested that they might test positive for Fentanyl as well. And it can kill quickly.
There are many reasons people become addicted. Brooke said most of the patients are from prostitution backgrounds, homelessness, or other issues springing from childhood. However, “Not every story is a child abuse story,” Brooke said. “And not all stories are bad. There are many successful addicts who have survived and are victorious over the use of opioids. I want to get the word out to the Black community because sometimes they don’t know that this is available to them.”
Brooke is also known as ‘Little Buffalo.’ She is involved with OneNashville and the community in hopes that she may spread the word on what is available to live life victoriously.
The public is invited to attend the OneNashville meeting this Saturday for more information from Brook about Buffalo Valley. It should be noted that Buffalo Valley Rehab Center is strictly for detox.
The patient is then sent to a sister facility for treatment and other needed services, such as help with food stamps, housing, and counseling. Insurance is accepted. Locations are in Hohenwald, Lewisburg, and Clarksville.
“People, your prayers have sincerely made a difference,” Rev. Fuzz said. “Therefore, continue to pray.” Pastor Fuzz continues to pray for each of you and “the whole wide world” because you are an important part of his journey. Also, check out his Facebook site where he gives praise through words, songs, and photos. You will be blessed. Thanks for reading and sharing ‘Cancer: My Journey in Time’ each week.