Profiles in Recovery: Vincent Douglas

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It took Vincent Douglas a near-death experience to reevaluate his life and while that event would rock most of us into a self-assessment mode, for Douglas it required a life or death decision: did he want to die as a heroin addict or work toward a life of recovery.

The Spy caught up with the 28-year-old at the A.F. Whitsitt Center’s Recovery in Motion (RIM) 18 months after making his decision to live and talked with us about his pathway to a new life and his dedication as a peer counselor to carry a message of hope to others suffering from addiction.

Reflecting on his past, Douglas says, “I didn’t sign up for the lifestyle I lived. It happened and now I use that as a tool to help others. When I came here, I had nothing, I was nothing, so I had nothing to lose and everything to gain.”

As a peer counselor at RIM, his experience as an addict paired with his own recovery program opens the door for communicating with those suffering from the disease of addiction. Speaking a common language is the centerpiece of establishing trust in a peer recovery environment.

Recovery in Motion (RIM) “Offers a wide range of services that provide our community with the tools to increase their well-being.  Support includes  individual & group counseling, behavioral health education/prevention, peer support and care coordination to assist persons in recovery with behavior and addiction issues.”

 

This video is approximately 7 minutes in length.  More about A.F. Whitsitt Center in Kent County may be found here.

 

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Letters to Editor

  1. susan newton-rhodes says:

    vincent- thank you for sharing your story for this community to hear. i hope that others who need to seek recovery take the time and follow in your steps. you are giving back and congratulations on your new way of life to replace your prior way of life….

  2. Mary Wood says:

    What an interesting and eloquent young man. Interesting how he connected his love of adventure comics with the path he took to be “Cool”.
    Congratulations Vince

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