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Recovery Center at MRHC recognizes Red Ribbon Week

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MANNING: The Recovery Center at Manning Regional Healthcare Center and IKM-Manning Schools are recognizing Red Ribbon Week, October 23-31, the largest drug-abuse prevention campaign in the world. Recovery Center Counselor, Damon Bromley will be speaking to the eighth-grade class on Thursday, October 28, about his journey to sobriety, the dangers of substance and alcohol abuse, the effects it can have and how to get help.

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Damon Bromley has been both a patient and a counselor at Manning Regional Healthcare Center's Recovery Center. In recognition of the Red Ribbon Week drug-abuse prevention campaign, Bromley will speak to eighth-grade students about his journey.

“Middle school is really a tipping point for healthy habits and behaviors,” said Rachel Merkel, IKM-Manning K-8 guidance counselor. “I think it is so important for students to learn how choices can really affect your life and how you can get help for yourself and loved ones if addiction is a problem.”

This year’s Red Ribbon Week national theme is “drug free looks like me,” a reminder that everyone makes significant daily contributions to their communities by being the best they can be because they live drug-free.

“As substance abuse is on the rise, it is our job to not only serve as good role models but to inform children of the dangers that drugs and alcohol pose,” said MRHC CEO Linn Block, RN, BSN, MHA. “If you are struggling with an addiction, remember that it doesn’t just affect you; addiction hurts families, friends, coworkers and others you may not even realize.”

The Recovery Center at MRHC is a 16-bed, co-ed chemical dependency facility located in Manning. Uniquely located inside a hospital, MRHC’s recovery center bases its treatment, care and support around the principle that there is no such thing as a “one size fits all” approach when it comes to recovery. Licensed counselors build relationships with each client to better understand who they are and where they are coming from to determine what strategies will best help them reach their drug or alcohol-free goals.

For nearly four decades, Recovery Center staff have adapted treatments to meet the most pressing or newly emergent addiction issues. From alcoholism to the influx of meth to the abuse of prescription painkillers, staff have consistently helped clients take their first step toward healthy, drug and alcohol-free lifestyles.

If you or a loved one need help or want to learn more about the Recovery Center, call 712-655-2300 or visit

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