WRAL Interview: COVID Increases Struggles for Those Fighting Addiction


Sept. 30, 2020

Recovery is one of the most difficult things I’ve done, and also the most rewarding.

As a Certified Peer Support Specialist, Maxx Dempsey sees first-hand how people are struggling to battle their addictions and mental health issues during COVID-19.

“When I finally did get sober, I wanted to give back to the community, and the best way for me to do that was to get into Peer Support,” shares Maxx. SouthLight offered a bridge of hope.

“Recovery is one of the most difficult things I’ve done, and also the most rewarding.”

CEO Adam Hartzell shares how SouthLight is a resource in our community for those who may be struggling.

Watch the WRAL interview here.

WRAL Reporter: Jeff Hogan
Photographer: Rick Armstrong
Web editor: Ryan Bisesi

Learn more about SouthLight’s Peer Support Services. With shared lived experiences, Peer Support Specialists guide and support individuals on their unique recovery journey. They model recovery values to encourage wellness and empower individuals to meet their goals.

About SouthLight Healthcare:

Founded in 1970, SouthLight Healthcare is one of the area’s largest nonprofit providers of substance use treatment and mental health services. SouthLight partners with individuals and communities to provide innovative treatment solutions delivered with compassion and dignity. With outpatient and community-based programs, SouthLight provides prevention, education, and treatment services in the Triangle and beyond. Call 919-787-6131 for help or more information or visit