Residents of the nonprofit Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers call themselves “peer brothers and sisters.”
They keep each other accountable and counsel each other. On Sunday afternoon, 30 graduates completed the two-year residential recovery program that offers vocational training, mentoring and leadership training in addition to transitional services.
Ron West, 47, was one of the 30 that graduated this weekend, supported by 500 residents and staff.
Years of alcoholism ruined his marriage, his relationship with his family, and his job in Chatham County. Now recovered, West plans to return to working as an auto mechanic after a short time with the TROSA automative shop.
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West also would like to reach others who are struggling with addiction. “I know there are a lot of people out there who feel like there ain’t no hope,” he says. “These people need to know that people do care about them and there is a way to overcome it. I want to help.”
Tim Miller, 43, of Durham, also graduated Sunday.
“I know a lot of people I used to run with and drink with who need help, and they can do the same thing I did with my life,” Miller said. “TROSA is a great place to come for change, and if there is anything I can do to help them get here, I’m more than willing to do it.”