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Transitional living facility under fire

It's a place where drug addicts can re-build their lives, so why are so many people complaining?

"We chose this place because it's so remote from any known dealers," explains President of Stepping Ahead, Dr. Mary Holley.

Maybe not the place for drug dealers, but a home to others.

Residents in Union Grove say the transitional living facility Dr. Holley has in mind is not welcome.

"I doubt you would find one supporter on the road if they answered honestly," says Scott Morgan.

"It's not in a neighborhood that's full of drugs, it's not in any neighborhood as a matter of fact," argues Dr. Holley.

Holley says you can't even see another house from the facilities front porch, but neighbors say it's what they can't see that worries them the most.

"Larson, vandalism, burglary, there's all kinds of concerns that go through your mind," says one neighbor.

Jeff Bodine will openly admit a prior addiction, and wants to help others at this particular facility get through their problems.

However, Bodine watching over addicts raises more concern from neighbors.

"My concern is he is a recovering addict, is he truly recovered," says Carla Spann.

"The biggest tool against the disease of addiction is the recovering addict," says Bodine.

Many of the residents wanted to stress that they're glad that people will be getting help, they would just rather it not be in their back yard.

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