Bikers ride for recovery

Agnes Hapka

September 13, 2013

POINT PLEASANT — Billy Dillinger, organizer of this year’s “Ride for Recovery” says that Point Pleasant represents a special stop on the route for Saturday’s event, which begins in Parkersburg and ends in Huntington. The event is one of the activities organized in recognition of September’s being National Recovery Month.

Dillinger said that riders will stop at the Riverfront Park Pavillion in Point for lunch and snacks at about 12:30 p.m. Both Dillinger and Mason County Commissioner Rick Handley will speak.

Dillinger, who is a certified recovery coach and member of the West Virginia Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, said he has attended a commission meeting and a meeting of the Mason County Anti-Drug Coalition and understands the importance of the recovery issue for Mason County.

“I learned through that process that Point Pleasant is trying to get a stage two recovery center here,” Dillinger said, “I know Point Pleasant has an active drug problem, and I was real impressed with the enthusiasm for the recovery center. I believe it’s going to impact a lot of people.”

Dillinger is hoping that riders from the Point Pleasant area will join the group as they travel on to Huntington in the afternoon.

“People are also welcome to come to Parkersburg in the morning and ride the whole way with us,” said Dillinger.

The day’s ride, events, food and drinks are free to all involved. Starting at 9:30 a.m. at Parkersburg’s Courage to Change Community Recovery Center, the group will ride down to Huntington’s Healing Place for live music, food and fellowship.

The Dry Riders group, which helps draw attention to biking dry and sober, represents the majority of the bikers taking part.

“They are bikers in recovery,” said Dillinger.

“We do this to raise awareness about recovery,” Dillinger said. “I want people to know that they can change.”

Those who would like more information on Saturday’s event may call Dillinger at (304)415-9342.

The following web sites have more information about National Recovery Month:;;