“I thought I was losing everything when I gave up drugs. But really, I gained the world.”

— Jamie

Recovery is a journey. Not a destination.

Starting the path to recovery is tough. The path back to a healthy life cannot be traveled alone. Cecil County’s peer support specialists, addiction counselors and mental health professionals have the tools and training to help those in recovery stay clearly focused on their future.

“I was tired of dying slowly and ready to try something new. I decided to go to the Whitsitt Center, and after some clarity I realized I didn’t have to live that way anymore.”

— Andrew Raftery, age 29

“Just keep trying. If you fall off, just get up and keep trying. Don’t worry about what others think. Believe in yourself and recovery will happen.”

— Kathleen H., age 46

“Getting well is not just not drinking or drugging—that’s part of it—but that’s not all of it, because if that’s all there was then we would only need detox units.”

— Jack Foreaker, age 64

Ken Collins, MSA

Division Director, Addiction Services, Cecil County Health Department

“We are honored to witness and champion these voices of recovery. We hope these stories help increase awareness of the power of recovery and inspire others to make similar changes.”