In October 2015, Matt Bell and Josh Dressel were at the end of their ropes. Both had been struggling with drug addiction for many years when finally they’d had enough.
Dressel entered a Toledo detox facility only six days before Bell. The two bonded over Dressel’s always-present backpack filled with candy.
“Matt was thinking, ‘This guy’s got candy. I’m gonna go over there and talk to him,’” Dressel said. Now best friends who “fight like brothers,” Bell and Dressel have practically been inseparable since.
“It was Josh who inspired me to stay clean when I was in detox. He had six days clean, I had one, and he literally changed the world just by staying clean,” said Bell.
It wasn’t long before they started spreading the message of hope. The idea behind Team Recovery started as a joke, Dressel said. A few of the clients from their detox facility would pile their hands together, release them and shout “Team Recovery.” Before long they were hosting rallies in Ohio neighborhoods impacted by the opioid crisis. Those rallies provided a way for those addicted to heroin to hold each other accountable for getting into recovery
“We started making as much noise as we possibly could,” Dressel said. “Our biggest goal was to teach people in the community that addicts are not bad people. They are sick people who need help. There was such a major stigma. We wanted to show that we could get sober and that we could make a difference.”
The services that Team Recovery provides continues to grow and evolve, but the mission has always been the same: passionately and enthusiastically carry a message of strength and hope to anyone affected by the disease of addiction.
To passionately and enthusiastically carry a message of strength and hope to anyone affected by the disease of addiction