Mike Pack said that’s the reason he believes in the Huron County Peer Recovery Community Center.
“A lot of children or drug addicts won’t relate to doctors (or others who may try to help), but they relate to someone who is in recovery,” he said. “Not every community can afford to open a detox center, but every county can open a community peer support center and this is the first in Northwest Ohio.”
The center offers help for those people suffering from drug-related problems and addiction, offering several different recovery path options, including 12-step meetings. They also help recovering addicts find work, Hepatitus C training, GED courses, training for families and friends of addicts, food for those in need and more.
“We know there’s no one option that works for everyone,” Pack said. “So we know that the more options for treatment and recovery we have in community, the more that can recover.”
To that end, the facility is holding a Raffle for Recovery, an event to help raise funds to support the facility and what it offers.
The fundraiser event will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Norwalk Eagles Club to raise money and awareness for opioid addiction. Pack said 100 percent of the proceeds will go to recovery of the community.
Motivational speaker, interventionalist and author of “From Dope to Hope: A Man in Recovery” Tim Ryan will be the main speaker at the event.
Ryan has been featured on A&E for his work with drug addiction recovery and was selected for the event because of his involvement with F I Community Housing and Huron County Peer Recovery Community Center.
The event also will feature food from Bone Boy’s BBQ, entertainment by The Divots
“Tim is great motivational speaker who can relate a lot of Huron County residents and parents and families of recovery addicts,” Pack said, adding the man lost his son to a heroin overdose.
Pack said the local center hopes to begin incorporating Ryan’s Cop and a Convict program to help local families aid their loved ones in their recovery. The program would include giving parents an app that monitors their children’s social media accounts for any references to drugs.
Tickets to the fundraiser event are $15 or $25 per couple and can be purchased from local businesses and by calling 1-866-luv-ohio.