The association offers hope to prisoners, recovering drug addicts

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The name of the nonprofit organization is Peer Recovery Resources. They operate the Harrelson Center, an umbrella agency for many local nonprofits.

Diane Brock is associate director of Peer Recovery Resources. She is also the education coordinator for specialized peer support courses that are offered to those recovering or recently released from prison.

“What we do is we teach recovery classes,” Brock said. “We teach the Wellness Recovery Action Plan which is called WRAP and we teach Peer Support Specialist courses for someone who wants to go on and become a Peer Support Specialist.”

Those who take the course must be free of addiction for one year. Many become state-certified specialists. It’s a turning point.

“Because most of these people have no hope,” Brock said. “Most of them feel like they’re at the end of their game — there’s no hope there anymore. As a peer support specialist, if they get certified, they can go work for a vendor. »

Brock says the nonprofit works with CLIC, another nonprofit that helps incarcerated people. It’s a good match as Brock and Johnnie Puckett, the director of Peer Recovery Resources, both walked and talked.

“They look at me and say, ‘Well, what do you know about that?’ Well, I know a lot. I was here. I was incarcerated. I’ve been through it all. So that seems to put them on the same level as me and we can relate.

Brock is open about the fact that she served time for embezzlement – 18 months. She struggled with addiction.

“My addiction was gambling. I loved it. I spent every penny I had on it,” says Brock.

She’s been free of her addiction for five years — an addiction she says is far more common than most people realize.

Peer Recovery Resources was his saving grace. Now she helps those who need the same hope. She hopes that someone watching right now will reach out.

“I want them to know there is hope,” Brock said. “There’s always hope. There’s never a time in life when you shouldn’t have hope – period. And if they’re feeling really down and they feel like that there is nowhere to go, come and see us.

For more information on peer recovery resources, click here.

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