April 29th, 2015 – The Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center proudly welcomed members of UAW (The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America), for an informational event which included tours of the facility, introductions to the staff, presentations, testimonials, and a Q&A panel.
Presenters ranged from facility founders and clinical staff, to people of multiple backgrounds who shared their success stories about their experiences with addiction recovery. “The definition of a metamorphosis is: a profound change, from one stage to the next, in the life of an organism. My time here was most certainly that. I came in a caterpillar, and I left a butterfly,” Justin, one of the orators and a successful former client of DSRC, told the audience. “Now, I’m not saying there weren’t hardships when I got here. I’m not saying I wasn’t shy or timid or scared, because I was. I didn’t know what to expect, I didn’t know anybody. You know, it’s a little daunting. But I was greeted with open arms, and a smile. They told me I didn’t have to use ever again. I believe that.”
Some of the presentations of the day included:
- Darryl Strawberry (Co-Founder, Former MLB, Ordained Minister) expounding upon his history with substance abuse, his recovery, and his ideals for the facility;
- Ron Dock (Interventionist, CAC, EAP) detailing his own history with addiction, as well as his goals in DSRC’s treatment programs;
- John Picciano (Chief Executive Officer, LCSW, MSW) expressing his vision and future plans for DSRC, as well as the state of addiction in the US today;
- The impacts which addiction can toll on an employee and their workplace, as listed by Jane Granger (UAW representative);
- Robin Werthmuller (AS) and Kristy Haines (LMHC, Executive Director) covering the details of DSRC’s detox programs, assessments, and admissions processes;
- A heartfelt testimonial from a successful DSRC client, Justin, relating his own experience with recovery, his esteem for the DSRC staff, and his bright outlook for the future;
- A personal story from Mary Marcuccio (consultant, founder of My Bottom Line), explaining her experience of being the mother of an addicted individual, and the importance of an educational, compassionate approach in drug/alcohol dependency rehabilitation;
- Discharge planning, continuing care, and related treatment information summarized by Karen Chrapek (Intervention Specialist).
UAW Guests were also invited to guided tours of the facility, meet & greets with executive & clinical staff, and a sampling of the expertly-prepared cuisine offered by DSRC’s kitchen staff. A giveaway was held at the end of the day, with prizes that included baseball jerseys and autographed memorabilia, and Darryl posed for photos with everyone in attendance.
Take a look at a gallery of the event’s highlights:
For more information about UAW, visit their website: UAW.org
Learn more about Mary Marcuccio’s project, My Bottom Line, at: MyBottomLine.info