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WVU expert ‘impressed’ with Justice’s drug addiction strategy


Charleston Gazette-Mail

Gov. Jim Justice announces plans for Jim’s Dream, a new drug abuse treatment program and job training program, during his State of the State address in the House chamber at the State Capitol Wednesday night.
(Gazette-Mail photo by Chris Dorst)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — An addiction expert at West Virginia University said he likes Gov. Jim Justice’s plan to target the state’s drug epidemic through job training, treatment and prevention.

Dr. James Berry, vice chairman of the WVU Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry, said finding employment is often a challenge for the people he treats.

“As someone who has been treating these folks for a very long time, one of the biggest challenges is, once they build a life of recovery, getting back into the workplace, so they can find that meaning and that reason to get up every morning and have some structure to their day and a purpose,” Berry, an addiction psychiatrist, said. “I find that people have a much better chance at maintaining their sobriety when they have that.”

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