In honor of September’s annual recognition of National Recovery Month, we introduce you to Patric and Richard, participants of JEVS Achievement through Counseling & Treatment (ACT) program. JEVS offers solutions and supports to adults seeking treatment for opioid abuse. We assist 400 individuals on a daily basis to meet their goals of recovery and enhance their emotional and physical well-being through medication-assisted treatment combined with counseling, peer support and connections to other social services. 907 deaths from drug overdoses were recorded in Philadelphia in 2016, with opioids responsible for 80 percent and specifically heroin contributing to nearly half of the deaths.*
One way for ACT participants to celebrate National Recovery Month and mark the strides (literally) of their fight—and JEVS’s fight—against the opioid epidemic, is to participate in Philly’s annual PRO-ACT Recovery Walk. Click here to see photos of our participants, staff and friends proudly marching on September 23! During this month, we also asked two participants, Patric and Richard, to describe how JEVS/ACT has helped them on their personal roads to recovery:
“My name is Patric and I have been at the ACT I program for just over a year now. This program has affected my life in a positive way in multiple areas. This program has some great employees that have really helped me through some hard times and taught me many coping skills that impact my life daily. This program has given me a good sense of structure and has really made me value my life. I fully believe that this program has saved my life. This program has taken me from a downward spiral to slowly but surely putting the pieces of my life back together. I thank this program and its employees for helping and caring for me throughout my journey here.” – Patric C.
I fully believe that this program has saved my life.
“I’d like to say that being at ACT I has really helped me physically and mentally. When I need help, I can usually pull someone aside and talk to them about my issues. It’s still taking me time to get where I want to be, but I think with the right attitude and help from the program, I can achieve this. I like the hours the program is open and the fact that they have active clients working as employees here. I’d recommend methadone treatment for anyone with an opiate addiction.” – Richard H.
It’s still taking me time to get where I want to be, but I think with the right attitude and help from the program, I can achieve this.
* Source: Philadelphia Department of Public Health, April 2017.
If you or someone you know is suffering from opioid addiction and would benefit from these services, please call 215-276-8400.