Press Release: Grand Opening

Front Sign at St Cloud Strawberry Recovery Center

Retired MLB Player Darryl Strawberry to Open Substance Abuse Treatment Center in Orlando Area – Join Darryl Strawberry and Professional Athletes from the NFL, MLB and WTA as they commemorate the grand opening of the first Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center

Orlando, Florida, January 17, 2014: The Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center (DSRC) is celebrating its Grand Opening on Friday, January 24, 2014 at the first of several planned locations throughout the US.

DSRC was founded in partnership with retired MLB player Darryl Strawberry and Oglethorpe Healthcare Inc. to provide athletes and individuals suffering from substance abuse with a center for excellence in addiction treatment and recovery. The facility features carefully planned and staffed grounds that include spacious rooms, comfortable common areas and expansive outdoor recreational spaces.

The DSRC’s grand opening event begins at 4:00 pm and will feature remarks and autographs sessions from the following retired athletes:

  • Darryl Strawberry – MLB Alumni, NY Mets, NY Yankees
  • Jack Youngblood – NFL Alumni, NFL Hall of Fame Inductee, LA Rams
  • Ron Dock – C.A.C./E.A.P; NY Yankees Drug and Alcohol Interventionist
  • Kenny Greene – NFL Alumni, San Diego Chargers
  • Fred Willis – NFL Alumni, Houston Oilers
  • Randy Grimes – NFL Alumni, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Rick Rhoden – MLB Alumni, NY Yankees Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Jeff Herrod – NFL Alumni, Indianapolis Colts
  • Jim O’Shea – NFL Alumni, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Sally Greer – Women’s Tennis Association

Following autographs and photography opportunities, guests will be invited to tour the new facility, which has been fully appointed to offer patients the very best in addiction treatment care.

“I’ve had my own personal battles with substance abuse in the past so I understand the need for care that’s focused on treating each client with a personalized treatment plan that addresses the root cause of their disease,” said Darryl Strawberry. “That’s what individuals and professional athletes can expect to find here at the Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center.”

The center’s 28-day residential treatment program treats addiction and all forms of substance abuse including prescription medications. The program provides medical detoxification followed by primary treatment, including a 1-year continuing care plan designed specifically around the needs of each client. DSRC also features a program tailored specifically for current and former athletes, Athletes Helping Athletes, to address the underlying issues and demands placed on athlete clients. In addition, High Performance Neurofeedback services will also be available for athletes and those suffering the long-term effects of concussions.


About Darryl Strawberry: During his 17-year MLB career, Darryl Strawberry helped lead the New York Mets to a World Series championship in 1986 and the New York Yankees to three World Series championships in 1996, 1998 and 1999. Darryl continues to defy the odds off the field having successfully battled addiction to now bring new hope to many through his dedicated service as a pastor.

About Oglethorpe Inc.: Founded in 1999, Oglethorpe Inc. is a healthcare management company that currently owns and operates eight behavioral health hospitals and two residential treatment hospitals. The company currently employs 1200 people throughout the states of Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Louisiana and Texas.

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