The story of Darryl Strawberry began with such immense promise but quickly spiraled at a young age into one of addiction, divorces, and jail time. However, Strawberry, now 54, has made strides in resurrecting the image he created as a talented young ballplayer out of Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles. Much like his youthful self, Strawberry is now giving people a reason to feel optimistic about where his future is headed, and also providing a helping hand to those struggling with addiction.

In his reply to a letter from a Pennsylvania mother, the President emphasizes the need for additional funding to respond to the opioid epidemic. This is the latest post in our “Asked and Answered” series, in which we periodically feature an exchange between the President or a Senior Administration Official and an American who wrote him. If you’d like to write the President yourself, you can do so on the White House Blog Site.

Saint Leo University, the oldest Catholic college in Florida, which has over 15,000 students in attendance, welcomed a visit from Darryl Strawberry on March 26th. Touring the campus, he met with students, student athletes, staff, alumni, college hopefuls, addiction professionals, and local residents, sharing his story, his beliefs, and his hopes for future generations.

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of Maryland (NCADD-Maryland) will be holding their annual Tuerk Conference on Behavioral Health & Addiction Treatment in Baltimore, and DSRC’s own Darryl Strawberry and Ron Dock are slated to be a part of it. For 27 years, NCADD-Maryland has held their annual Tuerk Conference to increase understanding of current issues in the behavioral health field, including drug policy changes, marijuana legalization issues and the integration of mental health and addiction treatment services.

Ron Dock, the interventionist for the New York Yankees and the Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center, shares some heartfelt thoughts on what it means to achieve a lasting recovery. Ron is celebrating his 22nd year in recovery and is motivated to help others achieve the same through his distraction-free, personalized approach toward drug and alcohol rehab.