SOURCE: Carolina Treatment Center of Goldsboro

September 14, 2009 14:14 ET

Carolina Treatment Center of Goldsboro to Help "Recovery Take Flight" in Multi-State, Biodegradable Balloon Release in Celebration of National Recovery Month

Part of 100 CRC Health Group Facilities Nationwide Fighting New Wave of Drug Abuse

GOLDSBORO, NC--(Marketwire - September 14, 2009) - The Carolina Treatment Center of Goldsboro will celebrate National Recovery Month by participating in a multi-state, biodegradable balloon release on Wednesday, September 16. The national event, themed "Recovery Takes Flight," is being organized by CRC Health Group, the nation's largest drug and alcohol treatment provider. Media are invited to attend.

In total, 100 of CRC's drug and alcohol treatment centers across the country are releasing biodegradable balloons celebrating recovery and the fight against a new wave of drug abuse. In addition to ongoing problems of alcoholism, methamphetamine, heroin and designer drugs, abuse of opiate prescription drugs -- the "new heroin" -- including OxyContin, has tripled over the past decade.

The event will feature guest speaker James A. Lassiter, program director for DART Cherry Program, a residential treatment facility responsible for the delivery of chemical dependency treatment services to probationers sent by the courts. In addition, the event will include a live raffle with prizes donated from the community, and free pizza.

This event is part of National Recovery Month, designated by the federal government. This year marks the 20th annual observance of Recovery Month which celebrates and supports people in long-term recovery from substance use disorders and the treatment providers who help them reclaim their lives.

The celebration will take place at Stoney Creek on Stoney Creek Lane off Ash Street at 12 noon. The facility's phone number is (919) 583-9329.

The balloons are 100% biodegradable natural latex. They will be hand tied -- no clips and no strings.

Four-Star Gen. Barry McCaffrey, former U.S. National Drug Policy Director and senior advisor to CRC Health Group, stated, "The national and state treatment gaps remain a huge challenge. 23.9 million Americans need but do not receive treatment for illicit drug or alcohol problems according to the latest numbers from HHS. Less than four million receive treatment."

Dr. Barry Karlin, CEO of CRC Health Group, said, "The balloon release signifies that we celebrate, honor and remember the patients, families and staff who have gone through treatment, and carry hope for those still suffering from the disease."

Prescription drug abuse and opiate addiction impact millions of Americans every year. CRC Health operates a number of nationally recognized clinics that are dedicated to helping these individuals and their families regain control of their lives. The goal of these comprehensive treatment clinics is first to stabilize patients so they can maintain independent, productive lives, and second to engage clients in the ongoing process of rehabilitation. The Carolina Treatment Center of Goldsboro specializes in detoxification and recovery through medication-assisted therapy, counseling, and support services, as well as "Maintenance to Abstinence" programs for individuals who are addicted to opiates but have been using for a relatively short period of time. This unique combination of services allows patients to rid their system of toxic substances in the most comfortable and convenient manner available, and to return to a normal drug-free life. For more information, visit


CRC Health Group offers the most comprehensive network of specialized behavioral care services in the nation. As a world-class specialty health organization, CRC has provided healing and hope in the lives of their patients and students. By offering the largest array of personalized treatment services, individuals, families and professionals can choose the most appropriate treatment setting for their behavioral, addiction, and therapeutic educational needs. Every day, more than 30,000 people receive treatment from CRC programs making it the most trusted specialized behavioral health organization in the nation. CRC Health Group's motivation for growth stems from a deep commitment to make their services widely and easily available to those in need, while maintaining passion for delivering advanced behavioral, addiction, and therapeutic educational services. For over two decades, CRC programs have helped individuals and families reclaim and enrich their lives. For more information, visit or call (877) 637-6237.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Tiffany Cordova
    Carolina Treatment Center of Goldsboro
    (919) 583-9329