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Peer Recovery Center of Carteret County Testimonials

“…The Peer Recovery Center is a wonderful and much needed place to have in Carteret County so people in our community can have the opportunity and support that is vital to recover and improve their lives.”

“On behalf of my family, please accept our appreciation for the guidance and help that your staff of volunteers provided for our family. I walked into the Peer Recovery Center with a burden weighing heavy on me. Within an hour of speaking with Ms. Bev Stone, I left with hope in my heart and a feeling of relief.

Thanks to your dedication to helping people, my family is on their way to recovery. This is a small “thank you” and perhaps I should explain what the Peer Recovery Center has done for me.

I first heard about the Peer Recovery Center when I was taking class called Crisis Intervention Training. Volunteers from the Center were invited to tell what it was like for them to live with mental illness. It was admirable for those volunteers to be able to stand in front of a room full of law enforcement officers and tell their stories. The class opened my eyes to mental illness.

In February 2014, our son Jamison was incarcerated. In the prison, the inmates do not have to take their prescribed medication if they do not want to. This was a problem for Jamison. Jamison suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and schizo-affective disorder, depressive type. I tried to explain to the staff of the prison that my son needed his medication or he will be violent. The prison staff assured me that he was fine. Telephone conversations and letters from my son told me otherwise. I felt helpless and could not get anyone to listen to me.

Ms. Bev was the first person I reached out to. I had no idea if the center could help me but I needed someone to listen to me. I explained how Jamison was suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. I went into detail about his horrible experience in the military, the struggles with his mental illness; which he denied having or needed medication for, the difficulties through the criminal process and the barriers I could not get through in the prison system. Ms. Bev was able to connect me to several resources. I spoke to Ken Blackman, a person that was genuinely concerned for my son; regardless of his incarceration. With everyone working together, we were able to get the Veterans Affairs involved and ultimately moved my son to the prison hospital where he received the medical treatment he needed. I was in daily contact with the doctor and social worker discussing his treatment and therapy.

Once my son was released from the prison hospital, he was on his way to healing. He religiously takes his medication and keeps his weekly appointments with his doctors and therapy. He had the opportunity to thank Ms. Bev in person for not letting me give up on him. I hope to personally thank everyone on your staff, but in the meantime, please pass on my gratitude to everyone at the Peer Recovery Center.

Our family is forever grateful for the positive attitude that the Peer Recovery Center has. The Center is a great asset to Carteret County.”

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