Ask Evan Anderson where he was a year ago and he’ll be brutally honest — “I was doing heroin.”

Ask the 21-year-old Pentwater transplant from Georgia where he is today and he’ll be beautifully humble — “I’m here and happy.”

Anderson was one of about three dozen people — some former drug addicts, some family members and friends of addicts — who attended an informal but inspiring group discussion Tuesday evening at The Q Smoke House on James Street in downtown Ludington.

The restaurant closes on Tuesdays to allow for the meetings, which are hosted by Connexion Point of Ludington and directed by Dr. Michelle Kuster.

Kuster founded Connexion Point, which is a drug addiction clinic located at 329 N. Jebavy Drive. She also serves as the physician for the Mason County Jail.

The discussion group is open to the public. Beginning in September, the group will meet every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at The Q Smoke House, 225 S. James St. 

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