Title: Chief Executive Officer
Company: True Recovery RVA/ River City Residential Services; President, Virginia Association of Recovery Residences
Location: Goochland, Virginia, United States
David W. Rook, Chief Executive Officer at True Recovery RVA, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in addiction recovery services.
Since 2017, Mr. Rook has provided superior service as chief executive officer of True Recovery RVA, a premier addiction resources center in Henrico, Virginia providing its clients with a chance to recover from substance use disorders in an environment created by those with lived experience. Its residents live in a home environment, equipped with comfortable living conditions and a feeling of home, with others who are all seeking recovery and possess a willingness to put in the necessary work. Services provided include recovery coaches, court advocacy, medical and clinical referrals and licensed counseling.
Mr. Rook came to True Recovery RVA with extensive knowledge of addiction recovery services, having prospered as Operations Manager with The McShin Foundation, Virginia’s leading non-profit, full-service recovery community organization, from 2012 to 2017. In addition, he also has served admirably since 2017 as president of the board of directors of the Virginia Association of Recovery Residences Inc. He has been a court advocate, peer recovery coach, family liaison and advisor, DBHDS Peer Recovery Specialist trainer and a presence in the political community.
According to Mr. Rook, his success has come from a need for addiction services he wishes was not there. While working with The McShin Foundation, he desired some creative freedom to try some different things that he did not have the ability to do work through that non-profit. He decided to start his own company and he started with two houses and 20 beds in 2017, with 10 people occupying each house. Now, their houses are in an apartment complex with a total of 180 beds.
As a career highlight, Mr. Rook maintains that the most notable achievement is personal recovery and being able to stay in recovery after many years of struggle with addiction. Professionally, his biggest accomplishment was reviving the Virginia Association of Recovery Residences. Last year, the organization was able to raise 10.7 million dollars through state lending to support indigent beds for people who are seeking recovery money to help those expand into rural areas, as well as money to help minority organizations in ownership of recovery residences. In the coming years, he is hoping to continue to help people recover from addiction through True Recovery RVA and River City Residential Services.
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