CCAR has been providing Telephone Recovery Support (TRS) calls to individuals seeking or in recovery from alcohol or other addictions since 2005. TRS is an innovative, peer-to-peer support service. Trained volunteers that are, in many cases, in recovery themselves, make weekly calls to “check in” and see how people are doing. They offer support, encouragement and information about resources that may help these individuals to initiate or maintain their recovery.
The beauty is in the simplicity. TRS helps people stay in recovery. Sometimes just a phone call can make someone feel wanted, cared about and included. Dare, we say “loved”. When making the call, the volunteer will feel rewarded when they have spoken with someone. They share in joys and sorrows, triumphs and setbacks. They have the satisfaction of giving back, of making a difference. It’s a classic win-win scenario.
The impact on our state has been immeasurable. We know that our calls help people maintain their recovery and get them back on track if a return to use occurs. When someone tells us that they’ve started using again, we don’t stop calling them; we keep calling, checking in with them, asking how they are and if they want help. When someone is struggling, that’s when he or she needs the most support. CCAR is often the only encouraging voice heard at a critical junction of their journey of recovery. TRS calls are made at all 5 of our Recovery Community Centers.
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