Foundation provides second chance, accountability for addicts

DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) — Dave Lewis' story isn't uncommon — a man, who through one reason or another, found himself battling addiction.

But in the 12 years since he got sober, he's built a second act brick by brick.

"I truly believe God moves in mysterious ways," Lewis said. "He's shown me a path."

That path led Lewis to becoming executive director of the Brick House Foundation.

The foundation's house serves as a new beginning for addicts and alcoholics. Ten men live in the house now, each following a code of conduct. The bedrock principle: accountability.

"Without help, it's darn near impossible [to get sober]," Lewis said. "Don't go at it alone."

At Brick House, no one does.

Mark McGaughy has lived in the house for five months.

"Being in an environment where you're not around the same peers and not around the same people gives you a little more structure," McGaughy said.

The battle with addiction never ends. But Lewis says he's never going to stop supporting others in their fight.

"This mission here is the most important one of my life," he said.

If you know someone or an organization going above and beyond to make the lives of others better, email Deron Molen ( or click here to nominate them for the Spirit of Central Illinois.

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