Recovery Counselors Make Life Changing Phone Calls
An organization called SOS Recovery Community is helping their local addicts while they enter their treatment phase.
They make over 200 calls each week giving those in need support and access to useful resources.
“We let them know that we’re here and we care,” said Laina Reavis, ‘an SOS employee who runs the organization’s Dover location where the TRSS is located.’
The team of volunteers encourage addicts to come in to one of their three centers. They can discuss their situation with others in recovery and get the guidance they need to get through their recovery successfully.
Regardless of the many reasons one may not be able to get to a center, the volunteers do all they can to help these people find a way.
Deirdre Boryszewski has been in recovery for 15 years from alcoholism. She is now an SOS volunteer who has found a passion in helping people. She explained how she found success in her recovery through the people who surrounded her during that time.
Recently she made a call to a woman who was having a tough day, and was able to discuss the situation with her and calm her down.
“Thank goodness you called. I’m having such a tough day,” the woman said.
She felt success in what she had done for the woman.
“It made me happy that I made her feel better and made her feel OK,” Boryszewski said.
The common goal for these calls is to get people in the doors of SOS so that they can assist them further in person.
“Sometimes a phone call is the first step,” she said.
Since 2016 Reavis has been a recovery coach. She too is in recovery from an opiate addiction, which she owes her sobriety to her 12 step program.
“SOS gave me a life worth living,” she said. “I feel like I can make a difference.”
It’s important as a counselor to be able to truly relate to the people they are trying to help.
She was able to connect with a man who was about to have his first sober meeting with his son.
He was “feeling all the emotions and the guilt that he put his son through when he was in active addiction.”
“I can relate to that because I had that situation with my mom,” Reavis said. “I was able to build back into an amazing, beautiful relationship once I got into recovery.” A few weeks ago she called the man after his visit. “We had a wonderful time getting to know each other all over again,” the man told her.
“I went home with an extra smile. It was a really great thing for me to hear,” she said.
SOS has a mission to “reduce stigma and harm associated with addictive disorders by providing safe space and peer-based supports for people in all stages of recovery”
This organization is part of Goodwin Community Health.