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VOL. 126 | NO. 30 | Monday, February 14, 2011

Jeremy Park

Giving Back for Recovery

JEREMY PARK

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Last week we talked about the nation’s most common cause of disability, arthritis, and examined how we can help the Arthritis Foundation. This week let us look at an organization helping adolescents and adults fight drug and alcohol addiction, Memphis Recovery Centers.

Memphis Recovery Centers (MRC) is a licensed, accredited, nonprofit organization that has been treating those with drug and alcohol addictions in the Memphis community for more than 40 years. Judy Goldberg with MRC states, “Our primary goal is to help individuals and their families to begin a lifelong process of recovery. MRC has three residential programs, one serving adult men and women, and two programs for adolescents between the ages of 13 and 17 years of age. Our program is unique in the fact that we are one of only a few in the state to offer residential treatment for adolescents.”

When talking about keys to making our city a safer and better place to live, work and raise a family, fighting drug and alcohol addiction lies at the root of many issues. It also plays a part in the creative brain trust and production of our city.

Growing up, my father related sad stories of top executives who lost their jobs and families as a result of their addictions. Bottom line: battling drug and alcohol addiction deserves our attention and has far-reaching effects personally and professionally for the health of our community.

Alcohol and drug addiction remain a prevalent problem among middle school and high school students. In order to expand their focus on youth, MRC recently opened an outpatient recovery school, Transitions Learning Center, where students receive counseling for drug and alcohol use in an educational setting. The new program offers something unique for students, parents and counselors.

Transitions Learning Center addresses youth addiction by 1) Providing a transition point between primary treatment and a traditional classroom setting, 2) Helping students overcome their issues and complete their education, and 3) Allowing schools to enforce drug and alcohol policies to protect the efficacy and safety of the academic environment.

MRC has many opportunities for the community to become engaged. They have a number of fun, public events where they need volunteers and help on various steering committees. Their next event is the MRC Silent Auction, held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 7 at the Memphis Botanic Garden. They also need volunteers for their annual 5K Recovery Run, held the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We put together our own silent auction benefiting the MRC at our Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club Holiday Party, so there are many other ways you can help raise awareness and make an impact, too.

I encourage you to visit their website, www.memphisrecovery.com, or Facebook page. Contact Judy Goldberg at jgoldberg@memphisrecovery.com to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how you can help make a difference.

Jeremy Park, director of communications at Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance and director of the Lipscomb & Pitts Breakfast Club, can be reached at jeremyp@lpinsurance.com.

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