Recovery Point in Charleston held an open house Saturday afternoon to celebrate their success with Recovery Point alumni, Mayor Amy Goodwin, and US Senator Joe Manchin.
“Addiction’s an illness, an illness needs treatment,” said Senator Manchin.
Since November of 2016, Recovery Point has been helping recovering addicts all over the Mountain State become productive members of society.
But, don’t take it from us, take it from Lesley Adkins, a Recovery Point alumna.
“I had already lost my family and my daughter was [taken] from me,” said Adkins. “I was beaten and broken down.”
Adkins has been clean for two years and is now an employee of Recovery Point, giving back to the very facility that gave her more than she could have ever asked for.
“I’m now reunited with my family. I have my daughter in my life every day, I get to be a mother to her,” Adkins said thankfully. “I’m a hard-working employee, too. That’s something I couldn’t say before.”
Recovery Point says it has a 77% success rate in Charleston.
Senator Joe Manchin believes facilities like Recovery are the types of programs West Virginia should be investing in to help addicts.
“Every community should have a recovery center,” Manchin said.
Senator Manchin says he’s committed to having a larger conversation with the very people affected by this epidemic.
“When I come and talk to the people that were hopeless addicts, that’s the [people] we should be looking to, to help us,” said Manchin.
But Manchin says it’s more than just helping addicts get their lives back together.
It’s about giving them a second chance and getting them back into the work force.
“They need a chance to get back into a productive lifestyle,” he said.
As for Adkins, while she continues to help others recover from addiction, she has a message for those that are struggling and aren’t getting treatment yet.
“Don’t give up. There’s hope, reach out if you are struggling right now,” Adkins said. “there is a way out, and there are people just like you that have gone through it and [have] done it and have sustained beautiful lives when they didn’t think they could.”
According to Senator Joe Manchin, the opioid epidemic is costing the nation $78 billion dollars a year, and thousands upon thousands of lives.