Southeastern Carolina Crossroads holds open house

ELIZABETHTOWN — On a hot Sunday afternoon, dozens gathered at the former Camp E-Tik-Etu to celebrate the opening of Southeastern Carolina Crossroads with an open house.

Bruce Cannon, the missions director for the Bladen Baptist Association and long-time proponent of the facility, said the journey began about 10 years ago for the establishment of a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Bladen County.

Cannon spoke about the various turns and twists organizers have seen over the years while trying to bring “this desperately needed mission project to Bladen County.” Cannon then introduced State Rep. William Brisson, whom he said had played an instrumental part in the project from the beginning.

Brisson spoke about the need of a rehabilitation center in Southeastern North Carolina and the hope he has for the non-profit.

“I don’t think there is a family not affected by a loved one with an addiction problem,” he said.

Brisson offered some advice to people dealing with family members with addictions: “Encourage them to seek the help and be sure they know the help is there.”

David Chestnutt, director of SECC’s program, explained the goals, services and atmosphere they hope to achieve.

“It’s basically like Vacation Bible School for men without the arts and crafts,” he said.

He added that the program is designed to provide a positive, loving atmosphere in which men are encouraged to know Christ personally.

“Through Christ’s teachings they will gain a better understanding that, through the Word of God, every need in their life will be met,” Chestnutt said.

Chestnutt introduced Jeremy, a young man who just completed the treatment services and now plans to work at the center offering help to others.

“I have a relationship with God now and the only time I’m going to look back is to help pull someone else out of a bad situation,” Jeremy told those gathered.

The SECC treatment program includes daily group teachings, pastoral counseling, personal Bible study and prayer. The process is combined with a disciplined schedule, healthful climate, nutritious food and relaxing recreation that organizers says sets the non-profit apart from other rehab facilities.

“There is only one fee of $500 to receive treatment here,” Chestnutt said. “Anyone needing assistance can come and receive help.”

If you know a male 18 years of age or older needing treatment for addiction, contact Southeastern Carolina Crossroads at, or visit their website at