Thursday, June 23, 2011

Frank's story

Frank Brewer has been in long term recovery since August 6, 2007, and has overcome many obstacles of his past, as well as during his journey of recovery. However, Frank uses his own personal trials and experiences of a troubled youth and adult to spread his story of rehabilitation into a “new healthy life” in recovery. Since his employment at McShin, Frank has improved his skills and techniques of recovery and has completed “Peer Leadership Training”. Frank has been a Peer Leader at McShin since July 2008, and currently serves as a Senior Peer Leader and mentor. Frank is actively involved in the Henrico County Drug Court which he successfully graduated from in May 2009. Frank has also participated and completed various continuing education programs through SAARA of Virginia and Department of Virginia Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services (DMHMRSAS).
Frank remains quite active in the recovery community. He is involved with the subcommittee of Hospitals & Institutions of Narcotics Anonymous (H&I, NA), carrying the message of hope and recovery to other addicts. Frank's involvement with the National Counseling Group (NCG) has earned him a Certificate of Appreciation and he continues to maintain and build strong ties with the organization, especially with the reentry program and Department of Corrections. Frank also has been engaged in working with Dominion Youth Services (DYS) to provide adolescents with knowledge of the disease of addiction and criminal behaviors and their ramifications. Therefore, he offers troubled teens a message of hope in refraining from the dangerous lifestyles that lead to jails, institutions and death. He has incorporated the Peers Here to Share with the teens at Dominion Youth Services in hopes of boosting their recovery through sharing their own stories.
Frank is a member of the Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church and 2 “home groups” of NA. He continues to expand his journey of recovery in all aspects of his life through education, volunteering, spiritual involvement, and much more.

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