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DATE: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
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TIME Partners with Mic Network, Inc. for Documentary Featuring Vertava Health
NEW YORK, New York (11/8/2017) – Time, has teamed up Mic for an exclusive look into the life and recovery of a couple addicted to heroin who overcame insurmountable odds and sought treatment at two separate Vertava Health facilities 1,264 miles apart in Life After Addiction.
The shoot follows the journey of Ron and Carla Hiers after a video of their overdose on a Memphis sidewalk went viral, sparking dialogue across the globe.
On October 4, 2016 the video went viral on social media, and was covered on several media outlets in the Mid-South area, as well as nationally. A few days later, nationwide alcohol and substance use disorder treatment provider, Vertava Health was able to locate and identify the male in the video as Ronald Hiers. Working with Hiers’ daughter, Paris, the organization was able to get him to Turning Point, a campus located in Southaven, Mississippi where he obtained a scholarship for treatment.
After over 40 years of addiction, Ronald received two months of intensive inpatient treatment at the Turning Point campus, and is now sharing his story nationally. We are happy to report that Hiers has graduated and now transitioned 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.
Carlia Hiers, Ronald’s wife, also depicted in the viral video, was located approximately two weeks after Ronald, and was also able to obtain a full scholarship. Carla graduated from Vertava Health’s Swift River campus in Cummington, Massachusetts, and is now living privately at an undisclosed location.
“Thank you to everyone who has prayed for my husband and I,” says Hiers. “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.”
Time and Mic’s documentary Life After Addiction can be viewed by clicking on the following links:
Poynter story: https://www.poynter.org/news/time-mic-documentary-follows-couples-overdose-nightmare-show-face-opioid-epidemic
Time writer Alice Park takes us further into the story with an in depth feature in Time Magazine, on stands this Friday.
For a link to photos from the shoot, click here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1dEV_NpgEJUYnlXSkYydy0waGM
If you would like to schedule an interview with anyone from Turning Point, Swift River or Vertava Health, please contact me directly at [email protected] or 901.949.7926.
Thank you for educating your viewers and readers 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 ADDICTION CAMPUSES:
Vertava Health provides the most comprehensive addiction treatment program in the country by going beyond the standard 30-day plan and treating individuals 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 to recovery and create a life that’s worth living. Vertava Health’s 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.
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 SWIFT RIVER:
At Swift River, recovery from addiction is ignited by the thrill of wilderness therapy, dual diagnosis treatment and individualized counseling, set against the soaring beauty of the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts. On 500 acres and 12 buildings triangled between Boston, Hartford and Albany, Swift River cultivates the most innovative addiction treatment therapies including adventure courses, skiing, catapult bungee and more. The campus specializes in implementing a high level of balance in clients – from social, spiritual to economic success, based on creating a long-term, sustainable recovery. Through evidence-based therapies and lifelong support through its alumni program, Swift River helps clients implement the lifelong skills they need to thrive free of substance abuse and ignites the radiant passion for life that lies within them.