Partnership for a Drug-Free Community and the Recovery Resource Hub Virtual Town Hall

Partnership for a Drug-Free Community is approaching the one-year anniversary of the new Recovery Resource Hub. A virtual Town Hall on recovery topics is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. through Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/thepdfc

Panelists



Dave Draper is a longtime member of the Partnership for a Drug-Free Community Board of Directors, currently serving on its Executive Committee. He pastors Draper Memorial Church of God in Christ. In 2021, he will celebrate his 40th year in recovery.  He will share how his substance use disorder began in high school, to his lowest point of taking dog tranquilizers to get high while associating with a culture that included everyone from professionals to robbers, murderers, prostitutes, and others with addictions to a variety of drugs. He will talk about what helped him to leave substance use behind and how he has maintained his sobriety for so long.

Keith Watts, PMHNP-BC, has been a psychiatric nurse practitioner with a heavy focus on substance abuse treatment since 2016. He will talk about the family dynamic as it relates to recovery, sharing tips on what he’s seen that works from personal and professional experiences. Keith currently works   Behavioral Services in Madison and does inpatient work at Magnolia Ranch Recovery in Taft, TN. Before that, he worked in inpatient care at Bradford as a charge nurse and then as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. He received his undergraduate degree at UAH and his Master’s degree at UAB. Mr. Watts has been in recovery with nearly 14 years clean and remains active in the local recovery community.   

Yushima Cherry Burks, MSW, is a Launch Program Counselor and Substance Abuse Therapist at Wellstone, as well as a published author. She will talk about dual diagnosis and the importance of recognizing the complications that exist between mental illness and substance use. In addition to a Master of Social Work, she has a Bachelors in Psychology and an Associates in Business Administration. Her book, Picking up the Pieces of 100 Broken Promises is what she calls her guide on how to navigate life and heal in conditions that aren’t always pleasant. Yushima’s passion is eliminating abuse on every level and helping others to understand their potential and worth.

Mike Woods is a state-certified peer support specialist with Partnership’s Recovery Resource Hub. Today, he has a life he could not have imagined 10 years ago. He is married with two young children, has a home, is gainfully employed, and does everything he can to help others find recovery. He’s been in recovery for more than eight years following 18 years of active addiction, homelessness, and run-ins with police. He will talk about his lowest moments to how he found and maintains his sobriety, rebuilding his life along the way.