PCA will begin providing Telephone Recovery Support (TRS) calls to CO residents that are in recovery from alcohol or other addictions. TRS is an innovative, peer-to-peer support service we obtained from Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery. Trained volunteers that are, in many cases, in recovery themselves, make weekly calls to “check in” and see how people are doing. Recoverees are offered support; encouragement and information about resources that may help them 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 may be immeasurable. We know that our calls help people maintain their recovery and get them back on track if a relapse occurs. When someone tells us they have relapsed, we don’t kick them out of the program; we keep calling them, checking in with them, seeing if they want help. When someone is down, that’s when he or she needs the most support. PCA might become the only encouraging voice heard at a critical junction on the road of their recovery.
TRS calls are to be made in 5 Colorado counties as well as our partner Continuum Recovery Center of Colorado. Here are some results from CCAR’s 2016 annual report on TRS.
If you are interested in giving or receiving calls please contact us a 800-604-8978.