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September 26, 2013

Local resident touts recovery success



Across the country during National Recovery Month, people who have undergone recovery will celebrate their successes and share their stories with others in an effort to educate the public about treatment. 

Dews is no stranger to recovery. He had been around it ever since he was around 6 or 7 years old.

“My father was an addict, so I had seen him go in and out of treatment and recovery programs. I was just hoping this was going to be something that actually worked for me,” he said. 

Much to his surprise, the program completely turned his life around. Dews is one of the first graduates of the Adult Treatment Court Collaborative (ATCC) program, a single dad raising two kids on his own, working two jobs, and attending Middle Georgia State College. He is 10 classes away from having his bachelor’s degree in accounting.

“At the time, I couldn’t see the good that the recovery program was going to cause in my life, but now, looking back, I am amazed at where I used to be in life and where I am now,” he said. 

Dews works hard to give back to all the individuals who took the time to help him. A peer support specialist at River Edge, he hopes to help others who have been in similar situations as his own. 

The Family and Friends Rally for Recovery will feature a recovery walk, beginning a 4 p.m., followed by testimonies about hope and recovery. Dews will be one of the guest speakers, sharing his story with attendees. The event will also feature games for children, a free cookout, T-shirts giveaways and face painting as well as a health resource fair and free health screenings. 

The Family and Friends Rally for Recovery is presented by Frontline Men’s Ministry, Milledgeville CARES, Oconee Center, Oconee Prevention Resource Council, Oconee Regional Medical Center and the Oconee Suicide Prevention Coalition. It is sponsored by the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse.

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