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Wilkes County Human Library: Tiffany Mack & Andy Royal - Recovery Stories

The Human Library is very much like a regular library where people go to check out books. The only difference is that the books are all human volunteers that can be 'borrowed' for conversation.

Tiffany Mack is a person in recovery from substance use and a New Jersey native. She is also a veteran of the United States Air Force. When she began her recovery journey, she enjoyed volunteering her time at Wilkes Recovery Revolution.  This led to her employment as the center's financial advisor. Tiffany is dedicated to using her story of overcoming addiction and finding a new way of life to inspire others, to help build a strong community and to be a living example for her children. Tiffany lives life with a heart of gratitude, is thankful to recovery for saving her life and giving her purpose. 

"I battled a 20+ year struggle with chaotic substance use. I’m the product of two addict parents. I’ve experienced trauma, abuse, and neglect that I was always trying to outrun.  Thank goodness I hit my rock bottom and was able to find recovery. Wilkes Recovery Revolution played had such a huge impact on my recovery journey. I’ve accomplished so much in the short time I’ve been in recovery. I can’t wait to experience what the future brings. I want my journey to be an example that we can recover. We Do recover!"

Andy Royal

Andy was born and raised in the heart of Wilkes County.  He battled a meth addiction, using needles, for about ten years.  Today Andy has nineteen months of sobriety thanks to Wilkes Recover Revolution.   He went from being a 'hometown addict' to a local Hope Dealer!

Andy left a life of homelessness and despair after finding love and acceptance in Wilkes Recovery Revolution's Harm Reduction Program.  Soon after participating in with this program, Andy began to seek out their other services.  He began to meet regularly a Peer Support Specialist at the R3 Center.  That led to him entering a treatment center and completing the program.  His journey with Wilkes Recovery Revolution did not stop there.  When Andy returned from treatment he needed recovery-centered housing that was affordable and safe.  He found that at Phases. At Phases he became stable in his recovery.  He found he had a recovery community, and he found his true self, the person he was always meant to be.  With the support of Wilkes Recovery Revolution Andy was able to address some health issues resulting from his chaotic drug use. He now has a clean bill of health and is maintaining his new foundation of wellness.  Andy received a second chance in life.  He wanted to pay it back and is now the Phases Recovery Male House Manager.  He became a North Carolina Peer Support Specialist and National Recovery Coach in the past year.  Andy's is a true success story.  He no longer searches for shelter 'under a tree,' but has a roof over his head, full-time employment, and a chance again at a real life.