12 Days of Giving 2016 - Inland Valley Recovery Services

By Sid Robinson

Many political, social and spiritual groups encourage being altruistic and giving back to your community year-round. However, something is in the air during the holiday season that really brings out the spirit of giving in all of us. For 12 days throughout December, we want to inspire you to give back to those who are in need in our local neighborhoods. Our "12 Days of Giving" feature shares the impact and needs of 12 different Inland Empire charities. Our hope is that each feature will inform, inspire and encourage you to donate, volunteer or give back in some way. Please consider giving the gift of kindness to a stranger this season, because it may be the only one they receive.

Day Five - Inland Valley Recovery Services



Substance abuse is one of the most challenging problems facing society today. So many of the world’s ills trace their root causes to substance abuse – crime, family disruption, rising medical costs, homelessness and more. 

For many, Inland Valley Recovery Services is the first step on the road to recovery. With residential facilities in Upland and outpatient services in both Upland and San Bernardino, IVRS structures its programs on the premise that that it is possible to deal with problems of drug and alcohol abuse by doing without.

Providing recovery and counseling services since 1962, IVRS is accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and is widely recognized for its outstanding programs, superior care and excellence in outcomes.

Many of those served by IVRS have experienced legal problems, lost jobs, failed in school or lost their families as a result of drug and alcohol abuse. As such, IVRS is in need of new or gently used clothing, shoes and accessories for clients and their children.

IVRS provides a variety of levels of residential and outpatient care and individualized treatment to help clients develop insight into the negative role that drugs and alcohol play in their lives. Focus begins with education, and IVRS provides a holistic approach that takes into account the importance of family, social networks, community systems and self-help groups in the treatment and recovery process.

Residential services in Upland accommodate both adult men and women in separate state-of-the-art treatment facilities and provide a safe and stable environment for the first stages of recovery.

Last month, the IVRS Board of Directors appointed Tina K. Hughes of Highland as the organization’s new chief executive officer. Hughes is highly respected among her colleagues in the field of treatment for substance use disorders and has worked in the recovery industry since 1995.

“Tina is a seasoned professional with many years of hands-on experience in the field of alcohol and drug abuse recovery,” said Richard Simpson, IVRS board chairman. “She is a demonstrated leader with a vast array of positive qualities and character, which are integral components for maintaining a high level of client care for individuals suffering from substance use disorders.”