June 16, 2020 – Along with Evan, a full team of Peer Recovery Coaches work with addicts who are curious about, interested in, or are ready to commit to treatment. What’s different about USARA though, is the people who are there to help according to Evan.
“We are all people in recovery who get to support other people who are struggling with substance use disorder and the family members,” Evan described. “[We] get to meet on the same level as other people that are looking for support.”
And for Evan, being able to communicate with a struggling addict as a recovered addict, is what is so impactful for the team at USARA. The importance of being able to truly empathize with someone who has a substance use disorder can truly make or break one’s recovery. Evan knows that first-hand.
“What really spoke to me was somebody who said, ‘Look, I’ve been there man,’” Evan recalled. That power of empathy and unity is what has also helped Evan stay sober for almost six years.