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Group warns of drug dangers, many from experience

Dozens in Voices of Recovery South Carolina walked around Downtown Conway to raise money for drug awareness. (Taggart Houck/WPDE)

Dozens in a local group walked in downtown Conway Saturday to raise awareness for drug abuse.

They're part of Voices of Recovery South Carolina, a group that tries to support recovering addicts seeking help, as well as prevention in the first place.

Dennis Beck is the president. He battled drug addiction for nearly three decades, starting when he was 13-years-old. He said he used just about every drug in the book.

"When you're a drug addict, you'll do anything to get that next high," he said. "And sometimes it's not even to get high. It's to get straight. That means, just to keep the edge off."

Now 66, he's been clean for 26 years. He says addiction is a disease.

"It's very evil. It's a cunning, baffling and insidious disease all the way around," he said. "It kills people."

His wife got him interested in promoting awareness after her son died from addiction, he said. Now, he said he's addicted to promoting drug dangers, rather than using them himself.

"She got me into it and I just took over. There's that addiction of me again...and it's a good feeling because it keeps me sober on a daily basis."

While Voices of Recovery focuses on prevention and helping recovering addicts, Beck said he's happy to talk to anyone who needs help.

"If I can talk to one person on a daily basis and help them, then I'm gonna stay sober whether he (or she) does or not," he said.

Beck said he hopes the group will have more events like the walk in the future.

All money raised will go toward helping recovering addicts with payments for halfway housing.

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