PARKERSBURG, W. Va. Recovery Point held its second annual graduation honoring 18 men who reached a milestone in sobriety.
These men were celebrated with a silver chip ceremony receiving certificates for achieving nine months or long free from substance abuse.
“It’s a monumental occasion and really something to celebrate and bring the community out and see that there is hope and people can bring themselves out of substance abuse disorder," said Allison Conley, Recovery Point West Virginia, director of development.
The men begin the program at Recovery Point in a non-medical detox and move through various steps to achieve the goal of sobriety.
Friends, family and fellow members still in the program were present for the graduates.
"Please give these guys a chance to understand that they are changing their lives, they don't need beat downs, they need to be picked up, and they need love," said Teresa "Momma T" Racer, Momma T and the Warriors, community activist.
The rest of the men still in the program at Recovery Point in Parkersburg are looking forward to reaching this achievement.