Thursday, March 10, 2016

The Skook Recovers Helping Those Overcome the Struggle of Addiction in Schuylkill County

On Tuesday night, as part of North Schuylkill's Community Involvement Series, the District hosted a special program with the purpose of inspiring a more positive and unified consciousness in Schuylkill County.

Travis Snyder, a Tri Valley graduate, athlete, and recovering heroin addict of over 4 years, presented his"Skook Recovers" program by sharing what he has learned from his personal experience growing up, living in, and overcoming the struggle of addiction in Schuylkill County.

Snyder started the "Skook Recovers" project in June of 2015 because he felt the county didn't have a place or example of hope for those fighting addiction.  He has since gathered a following of over 2,500 followers on their Facebook page and has begun speaking in school districts to inspire students with awareness and their personal stories of how addiction affects everyone on a mental, spiritual, and physical level.

During the presentation, one of the group's members, Phil Bennett, who is a recovering addict and also a North Schuylkill Alumni, told his story on how the group has helped give him hope and how it has led him to his current role as a certified recovery specialist in Berks County.

There are many resources available for those with addictions during recovery but what makes "The Skook Recovers" special is their positiveness and their goal to change the stigma on those with addiction and educate the public to not condemn but support those with addictions.

To close the presentation, Snyder showed those in attendance a brief documentary on his recovery and explained how he uses weight training as part of it. 

On Wednesday, the group also attended the Upper Dauphin School District's Drug Day to inspire students with self awareness and better prepare themselves to make positive choices.

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