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Drug Intervention Workshop shines lights on community needs

We spoke with Hunter Black, with RISE Recovery. He tells our reporter that it’s so important for him to be a helping hand for someone who is in a rough pl...

Wednesday, locals came together to talk about meeting the needs of loved ones who may struggle with addiction, substance abuse, eating disorders, depression and more. 

It’s all about filling a need for resources in the valley. 

RISE Recovery— a Texas based intervention and rehabilitation team– held a Drug Intervention Workshop with Partnership for a Drug Free Community in Huntsville. 

Tips were given on how to help the people you love with compassion. 

One Huntsville man, says he’s battled addiction since he was a teen. 

But, after getting treatment with RISE, he’s now an advocate and came back to Huntsville to save someone like him. 

We spoke with Hunter Black, with RISE Recovery. He tells our reporter that it’s so important for him to be a helping hand for someone who is in a rough place. Black says, “I’ve overdosed so many times. And been in such bad places. And, you know, I shouldn’t be here. And they’re gone because nobody found them. I got lucky and somebody called 911 for me. So, I just want to give back what’s been given to me.” 

If you or anyone you know is struggling or in need of local resources, Partnership for a Drug Free Community in Huntsville has launched their new “Recovery Resource Hub” program! Here are some details:

The program will provide an impartial one-stop shop where people with substance abuse issues can talk to a State Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist and receive an assessment to determine the level of care needed. Treatment options will be based on that assessment.

Wendy Reeves, Partnership’s interim executive director, said the goals include:

  • Helping people find the treatment they need for substance abuse disorder so they can lead a healthier life,
  • Reducing the number of overdoses and deaths in the community,
  • Impacting the economy in a positive way because people are employed while in recovery.

Overdose-related deaths may be on the rise locally, according to Madison County Coroner Tyler Berryhill. There were 82 potential overdose deaths in 2019. Of those, 49 deaths were confirmed to be overdoses. The remaining 33 suspected drug toxicity cases are pending toxicology tests, Berryhill said.

There were 61 overdose deaths in 2016 compared to 73 in 2017 and 72 in 2018.

The Helpline is staffed by the Recovery Organization of Support Specialists (ROSS). The Helpline can be reached at 1-844-307-1760, and is available 24/7.

Partnership’s office can be reached at 256-539-7339, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. All calls are confidential. No drug test is required.


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