Martinsburg Community Celebrates and Supports Neighbors Recovering From Addiction with Recovery in the Park | WDVM25 and DCW50
MARTINSBURG, W. Va. (WDVM) – The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our normal way of life for over a year, especially the recovery process for those struggling with addiction. A number of recovery organizations have come together in Martinsburg, West Virginia to celebrate those in recovery and provide resources for those struggling with substance abuse.
Terry Bullock, the community outreach coordinator at the Mountaineer Recovery Center, has been recovering for 12 years. As the host of Recovery in the Park, he hopes people will take to heart the message that adorns the t-shirts of MRC volunteers.
“Have a good day on purpose.” No one can have a good day. Just like no one can recover for you, ”Bullock said. “You have to work to recover. No one can do this for you.
When many resource centers closed during the pandemic, the Mountaineer Recovery Center continued to provide resources to people struggling with addictions. CEO Dr Jonathan Hartiens explained that since the MRC opened in November 2019, more than 800 people have signed up for their programs and struggled with a drug or alcohol problem. Since then, the MRC has recorded a success rate of over 70%, which means it has helped more than 600 people recover and reunite with their families, jobs and contributions to society.
“Drug addiction did not take a vacation because of COVID, and the people at home did not stop the problem,” said Dr Hartiens. “So we didn’t just continue our services, we expanded them during COVID, and we continued to hire more staff to expand our number of services. “
Martinsburg Mayor Kevin Knowles has been recovering from drugs and alcohol for over 20 years. Mayor Knowles addressed community members at the event and openly shared his story of addiction and then recovery. He told WDVM that when he was addicted to drugs and alcohol, he would never have imagined his life as it is now. He went on to say that if anyone had spoken to him 25 years ago about his current life and role in the community, he would have looked at them in disbelief. He hopes his recovery story can help others struggling with addictions.
“People are recovering. I am living proof. I know, hundreds and thousands of people who have found a recovery program, whatever it is, so that they can rise from their ashes and do wonderful things in their lives.
“There are more opportunities than ever before to be able to reach out and have a community ready so that a doctor, lawyer or politician, whoever they are, has the ability to remain anonymous for be able to enter a program, start solving their problems and move on with your life.
Martinsburg Mayor Kevin Knowles
Anyone struggling with an addiction or who thinks a loved one is in trouble can call the Mountaineer Recovery Center at 304-901-2070, even after hours.
People can also call the HELP4WV hotline at (844) 435-7498.
For more information on the programs and resources provided by Mountaineer Recovery Center, please visit their website.