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Garden at New Britain recovery center dedicated to local man who died from addiction
By Adrian Sipes
It's been nearly four years since Forrest Durey died from his struggles with drug addiction, but the death of the 25-year-old resonates with his father every day.
On Wednesday, Stan Durey and others involved in helping people beat substance abuse dedicated a garden in Forrest Durey's memory.
Stan Durey is involved with the Council of Southeast Pennsylvania Inc., a private nonprofit prevention and recovery support organization for the five-county Philadelphia region. The organization oversees a recovery center on Beulah Road in New Britain. The garden is in its second year of producing crops for the Women's Recovery Community Center in New Britain, which was built after the Council of Southeast Pennsylvania and its entities determined there was a need for healthy food as well as an outdoor activity for people in recovery.
"To share his strength and his story .... and to use that to help others heal, I mean, that's really what it's all about," Stan Durey, 67, said.
According to Beverly Haberle, executive director for the council, the idea of a garden at the recovery center came from the "vision team" that oversees the New Britain transitional house for women in early recovery from substance abuse. The team ensures the recovery center meets the needs of the community it serves, she said.
"There are many things that are satisfying and opportunities within gardening to help really grow your recovery,"Haberle said.
Alison Slickers, a coordinator at the recovery center, agrees with Haberle in that the garden has been a great outlet for women in early recovery, noting many of the women spend time caring for the garden.
Durey said the garden has gotten bigger this year; tomatoes, cucumbers, peas, broccoli, eggplant and kale can be found sprouting from the soil.
"Forrest is still with us. Through this effort, he's still with us every day," Durey said.
Where should you start? What should you ask? Whom should you trust?
"Second rule of thumb: The more complicated the outside life, the bigger the need to wall out that life when starting treatment, said Beverly J. Haberle, executive director of the Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, the regional affiliate of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. "Somebody whose marriage is falling apart, lost a job, a new father," is in the criminal justice system or just has "a lot of stuff going on in their lives," said Haberle, would likely need the extra stability of an inpatient unit"
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