MILLEDGEVILLE — Rick Dews, a peer support specialist at River Edge, is a local resident who will be among those who can attest to the success of treatment.
“I was in and out of trouble from about the age 16 to 25 years old, but it all started falling apart around 2003,” said Dews.
While finding himself going in and out of jail for drug-related circumstances, Dews also lost his father’s business and his marriage began to crumble. It wasn’t until he was sentenced to 15 months in jail when everything began to come to a screeching halt in his life.
“When I finally got out they gave me drug court, and at first I was holding a grudge about it,” said Dews. “I was thinking that it was going to be a waste of time.”
For 24 years, recovery centers and programs across the nation have sponsored activities and events in September in observance of National Recovery Month. The purpose is to educate Americans about addiction treatment and mental health services. Recovery Month helps spreads the message that behavioral health is essential to overall health and that prevention works, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
In recognition of Recovery Month, River Edge Behavioral Health Center will conclude its observance with a Family and Friends Rally for Recovery slated for 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. It will be held at River Edge Baldwin, located on Blandy Way in the office park lawn. The event is free and open to the public.
The theme for this year’s National Recovery Month is “Prevention Works, Treatment is Effective and people Recover.”
“At River Edge, our guiding principle is treatment is effective and recovery is to be expected,” said Shannon Terrell Harvey via press release.
Harvey is River Edge’s chief executive officer.