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Sunday, July 30, 2017

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Las Vegas Recovery Center Welcomes new Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development 

Las Vegas Recovery Center (LVRC) announced the recent hire of Bill Ryan, CLC, CIP, BRI II as Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development. Mr. Ryan will share the lead with current executive managem
ent in short— and long-term organizational planning and strategy. In addition to his new role at LVRC, he will maintain a similar position with Central Recovery, parent company to LVRC.  

Mr. Ryan brings  over 30 years of professional and personal experience in recovery. He is a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), a Board Registered Interventionist and Addiction Specialist (BRI-II), and a Certified LIfe Coach (CLC).
“We are thrilled Bill has joined the team,” said LVRC, CEO John Seeland. “His background and experience in the field will be a tremendous asset."

Mr. Ryan's personal experience with successful recovery from substance use disorders coupled with his many years as a Fortune 300 senior executive in the corporate environment make him especially well-suited to address addiction and behavioral health needs in many situations.

Mr. Ryan maintains memberships with the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) and he sits on the Board of Directors for Association of Intervention Specialists and the Foundation for Recovery.

“I have worked with Bill for many years and know his capabilities and passion for recovery. LVRC is truly blessed to have Mr. Ryan join our team,” stated LVRC CMO Dr. Mel Pohl. “Together, we can break new ground and implement more services to continue LVRC’s mission.”

 Las Vegas Recovery Center (LVRC), Central Recovery’s flagship inpatient treatment center, is world-renowned for its opioid-free, inpatient chronic pain treatment program and a complete continuum of addiction treatment programs. Since 2003, the experienced and compassionate staff at LVRC has helped thousands of individuals, families, and concerned others discover recovery through innovative and evidence-based treatments for addiction and chronic pain. www.lasvegasrecovery.com. (800) 790-0091.

Think your kid can’t be addicted? Think Again

By Maureen Birmingham My daughter, Victoria “Tori” Dail, wasn’t someone you would think was addicted to heroin. Tori lost her life to a heroin overdose on November 10, 2016. She was 22 years old.

She graduated in 2012 as an honor student at Nansemond Suffolk Academy. She was an athlete at NSA playing volleyball, softball, and basketball. She attended Virginia Wesleyan College and played volleyball. She stayed in a dorm at school and her grades were good. She appeared to be a happy college student.

Tori was fun loving, always wanting people to laugh and smile. You could hear her laugh before you saw her. She was competitive and outspoken. She was a wonderful daughter, sister, and friend.
She started using heroin shortly after she graduated from high school. She’d become addicted to oxycodone pain pills that were legally prescribed to her after she was in a car accident. The addiction moved from oxycodone to Roxy, and on to heroin.

Tori asked for help on December 3, 2014. I drove from New York to Virginia, picked her up, and drove back to New York the same day. We called several recovery centers during the drive and found out many were full or our insurance didn’t cover the facility. We finally found a place for detox. She stayed for six days. She then went to a drug rehab center for group meetings and weekly therapy. She was also prescribed suboxone. Around eight months later, she stopped taking the suboxone because she felt she didn’t need it anymore.

She was doing great and attended NA meetings weekly. She started coming to family get-togethers. She met new friends and she got a job. She started to act like her old self. She was happy and we were happy.

Tori wanted to enlist in the Navy. She scored high on the ASVAB test and was sworn in that October. She was headed to boot camp in March. Before she left, she wanted to go back to Virginia to visit her dad and friends.

She was staying with her grandfather. She quickly found a job. She was having fun with her best friend, who she hadn’t seen in a year. But something must have triggered her. Tori felt the urge to use. And so, she did.

Tori died of an heroin overdose on November 10, 2016. The autopsy said the heroin was mixed with fentanyl. Three days after Tori’s funeral, the Surgeon General issued a 428-page report titled Facing Addiction in America.

For the parents out there that think “my kid won’t use heroin,” I used to think the same thing. I would recommend educating parents of middle school kids about the dangers of heroin or other drugs. Speak to your kids before they use drugs. It can save their lives.I wish I would have learned more about addiction while she was alive. I wish I had her back. I love her. I miss her.

Join Facing Addiction. Visit https://www.facingaddiction.org for details. The Facing Addiction Action Network is a coalition of organizations that reaches diverse areas of interests across the spectrum of substance use and addiction issues.