Close Former addict opens recovery ministry in Grainger Co. to help others July 10, 2017: A recovering addict has opened a recovery center in East Tennessee. Madison Wade, WBIR 11:28 PM. EDT July 10, 2017 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN GOOGLE+ PINTEREST GRAINGER COUNTY - Inside the Bean Station Church of God, a different kind of outreach fills the room. People struggling with addiction gather together to make a change in their lives during the first Celebrate Recovery meeting. The group was started by Justin Walden, a former addict. "We want them more than the drug dealers and that's a very high task because the drug dealer is searching and seeking everyday," Walden said. Walden started the program because he knows what it feels like to battle a deep addiction with drugs. "I was a bad person," Walden said. "I know what people feel, I know what it feels like to stick a needle in your arm and feel disgusted with yourself." Walden was addicted to meth and other drugs. He has been arrested nearly a dozen times for burglary and theft charges. One time, he tried to break into the church where he now holds the ministry. After learning he was wanted by police, he turned himself in to Detective John McMurray with the Grainger County Sheriff's Office, who used to work for Bean Station Police. McMurray gave Walden a chance, go to rehab or go to jail. Walden chose rehab. "[It] makes you proud, I was proud to be part of Justin’s life. He’s come a long way," McMurray said. Walden hopes the program will become an oasis for others to come and feel safe. “I know what it feels like to hurt but there is hope, there is hope and there are people who care," Walden said. The meetings will continue every Monday at 7 p.m. at Bean Station Church of God. © 2017 WBIR.COM CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN GOOGLE+ PINTEREST JOIN THE CONVERSATION To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Leave a Comment TRENDING VIDEOS Newport Animal Shelter likely to close Scanner audio of the moment the escaped Georgia inmates were captured Terrifying moments that led up inmates' surrender Suspect assaults officers during traffic stop Woman's surprise visit by Crusoe Deputies: Boy kept in harness bolted to floor Newport animal shelter could close Homicide charges for missing woman's daughter Search continues for escaped inmates Pet of the Week: Discounted Pet Adoptions More Stories A hot week ahead with limited rain chances Dec 10, 2015, 10:15 a.m. Longtime Knoxville city councilwoman Jean Teague dies at 83 Jul 20, 2017, 11:23 a.m. Smoke fills skies near Lovell Road truck stop after… Jul 20, 2017, 12:09 p.m.