*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*
DATE: December 5, 2016
TIME: 2PM CST
340 Stateline Rd.
Southaven, MS 38671
Director of Public Relations
340 Stateline Rd.
Southaven, MS 38671
Vertava Health Treatment Specialist to Meet Man from Viral Overdose Video for First Time
SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (December 5, 2016) – On October 4, video depicting a couple overdosing on heroin on a Memphis sidewalk went viral on social media. It was covered on several media outlets in the MidSouth area, as well as nationally. A few days later, nationwide alcohol and substance abuse treatment center Vertava Health was able to locate and identify the male in the video as Ronald Hiers. Through the work of Treatment Specialist Michael Word and Hiers’ daughter, the organization was able to get Hiers to Turning Point, our campus located in Southaven, Miss. and scholarship him for treatment. Today, Word and Hiers will meet in person for the first time.
After over 40 years of addiction, Ronald has received two months of intensive inpatient therapy at the Turning Point campus, Hiers is now sharing his story of recovery nationally. We are happy to report that Hiers is doing well, has graduated, and is now transitioning into independent life again. Now that he has seen the other side of recovery, Hiers wishes to reach as many people as possible with his message of hope. Word will also be available to talk about the intense hours after the infamous Facebook LIVE video that shocked the world.
Carlia Hiers, Ronald’s wife, also depicted in the video, was located approximately 2 weeks after Ronald, and was also scholarshipped. Carla graduated from Vertava Health Massachusetts in Cummington, Massachusetts Friday, and is now in a transitional living house at an undisclosed location. She does not wish to go on camera, but released the following statement and picture:
“Thank you to everyone who has prayed for my husband and I. I have not seen the video in its entirety, only what I’ve seen in media reports. It was a very scary time for me, and I wasn’t expecting anything like that to happen to us. That being said, it was a wakeup call. I am very optimistic about my recovery, and feel like God has reached down and pulled me out of a very dangerous situation. Since the video surfaced, I’ve learned that I can trust people, something I never did before. I feel I can make my own decisions, and I’m learning how to stay present in today – right now. I never thought anyone cared, and now I know there are people I can trust. To the viewers watching, it’s never too late to reach out for help. I don’t feel hopeless, worthless and useless anymore. I’m 60 years old, and I’ve been an opiate addict for 40 years. If there is hope for me, there is hope for everybody. I hope Ronald does well, and I wish him all the luck in the world.”
At this time, both Ronald and Carla are focused on their own recovery, and taking life one day at a time.
If you would like to be present for the meeting between Treatment Specialist Michael Word and Ronald Hiers, or schedule an interview with either of them or anyone from Turning Point or its parent company Vertava Health, please contact me directly at [email protected] or 901.949.7926. Thank you for educating your viewers on this deadly epidemic in any way that you can. In any web postings of this story, please include our 24/7 hotline 1.888.614.2251
ABOUT TURNING POINT:
Turning Point provides the most comprehensive addiction treatment program in the country by going beyond the standard 30 day plan and treating persons struggling with addiction mentally and spiritually to break the cycle of repeated visits to treatment. Utilizing our campus environment we have the depth of caring staff, industry experience and clinical proficiency to effectively treat the disease of addiction for life. We specialize in alcohol addiction treatment, illegal drug addiction treatment and prescription drug addiction treatment, and offer: drug and alcohol intervention, clinical addiction assessments, medically supervised drug detox, residential/inpatient programs, intensive outpatient programs, christian drug rehab programs, drug addiction counseling and ongoing long term recovery care. Headquartered in Southaven, MS, the Turning Point admissions center is trained to assess and place the client into our Turning Point treatment center within a 1 hour time frame. This speed in service delivery and thorough commitment to the client long term allows the person struggling with addiction to get quickly on the road to recovery and create a life that’s worth living.
ABOUT ADDICTION CAMPUSES:
Vertava Health provides the most comprehensive addiction treatment program in the country by going beyond the standard 30-day plan and treating persons struggling with addiction mentally and spiritually to break the cycle of repeated visits to treatment. Utilizing our addiction campus environment, we have the depth of caring staff, industry experience and to recovery and create a life that’s worth living. Vertava Health’ admissions center is trained to assess and place the client into one of the Vertava Health treatment centers across the country within a 1-hour time frame. This speed in service delivery and thorough commitment to the client long term allows the person struggling with addiction to get quickly on the road to recovery. If you or someone you love is battling addiction, you can call our 24/7 helpline at 1.888.614.2251