Michael’s path to recovery has not been a smooth one. Michael lived, in his words, a “normal, modern life” just a few years ago until marijuana use, abuse of prescription pills and untreated depression left him homeless and without contact with his two young daughters.

Spectrum’s in-prison residential substance abuse treatment programs in Georgia recently earned another three-year accreditation from CARF International – an independent, accrediting body of health and human service providers founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

"We have a responsibility to make this community safer. We have to make sure that people getting out of jail are less likely to re-offend than when they got in there," said Worcester County Sheriff Lewis Evangelidis to an audience of nearly 100 community leaders, elected officials, and others at Spectrum Health Systems' 2011 Annual Meeting.

Harry K. Wexler, Ph.D. has been retained as Senior Research Advisor for Spectrum Health Systems, Inc., a non-profit behavioral health organization headquartered in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Affirming the effectiveness of peer-driven support services for individuals in recovery from substance-use disorders, Spectrum staff members serving as the directors of two peer recovery support centers were recently recognized by well-respected organizations at both the state and national levels with awards for their contributions.