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Former addict helps new center treat teenage boys' opioid abuse
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Avery Nix, marketing coordinator at Eagle Overlook Recovery for Adolescents, speaks during an interview in Dahlonega on Nov. 15. - Photo by Austin Steele, DCN Regional Staff.
The broken arm from a skateboard accident, the first hit of morphine or Oxycontin. As Avery Nix works as the lead outreach for a new recovery center targeting substance abuse in adolescent boys, he has pondered how his own story may have changed. “When this came up, that was one of the first things that came to my head was: I wonder what this would have looked like if I was 16, 17 years old. I wonder what could have happened if I found something like this. Could it alter the course? Would it have broken up the cycle a little earlier?” Nix asked. Nix, who has shared his recovery journey with the Partnership for a Drug Free Hall and was featured in The Times’ podcast “Back to Life,” is now working as the marketing coordinator for the Eagle Overlook Recovery for Adolescents in Dahlonega. Eagle Overlook Recovery became operational in September and held its grand opening Oct. 12.