Like many addicts, Joseph Canella and Chris Daughety turned to heroin after starting on prescription drugs to ease their torment – physical pain for Canella, depression for Daughety.
But both men found their way out of drug dependence at TROSA, or Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers,
On Sunday, Aug. 14, Canella and Daughety will graduate from TROSA, along with 27 other men and women. In attendance will be friends, families and many of the more than 400 TROSA residents at various stages of the two-year program.
Canella, who is from Hickory, says he “came from a background where drugs were just a way of life, a way of making money, a way of making relationships.” So it wasn’t surprising that he gravitated to heroin after using prescription drugs for a serious injury to his foot.
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He was facing criminal charges and a potential prison term when he entered TROSA at the urging of his grandmother. “It wasn’t like me to make that decision, but something told me to make it. And I’m glad I made it,” said Canella, 34.
TROSA was the sixth recovery program he had tried. And it offered something different.
“A lot of places will focus on drugs and alcohol,” he says. “Here, they focus on change from the inside out. And if you change yourself and make yourself a better person, you are not going to want to do drugs.”
Surrounded by others in recovery, residents take part in evidence-based treatment designed to equip them with the skills to succeed without drugs or alcohol. Residents are held accountable for their behavior. Many are able to rebuild ties to their families, who may have been devastated by their addiction.
“My kids are back in my life,” said Canella, who has two children, ages 9 and 6. “My father, who has been very influential in everything I’m doing – he’s back in my life now, and before we weren’t even talking.”
The nonprofit program operates at no charge to individual participants. It emphasizes job preparation, which was what caught Daughtey’s eye when he read about TROSA while he was in a detox center. He had been a corrections officer and did not want to go back to that position.
Daughety, 31, started taking prescription medication after he saw his best friend drown in a pond near his home in Grifton where they had been fishing. Later, he descended to heroin.
“I was never in addiction because I enjoyed doing it,” he said. “I did it to block out everything, and it got out of control.”
Daughety’s first month in the program was the hardest, because he was forced to confront what he had been masking with drugs. “It was like the floodgates opened up,” he said. “It was hard to take a look at where I had allowed myself to go in life, to know I had done some of the things I had done and hurt some of the people I had hurt.”
At TROSA he received training in accounts receivable, learned interviewing and job-seeking skills and became a leader for residents transitioning out of the program. He recently landed a job in loan underwriting for an international company.
TROSA “allowed me the opportunity to change my life on my own,” Daughety says. “I can’t tell you how grateful I am that they allowed me to see in myself what I had been missing out on a long time.”
Mega yard sale
TROSA’s mega yard sale will take place Tuesday-Saturday, Aug. 16-20, at the TROSAThrift Store in Oxford Commons, 3500 N. Roxboro St. The sale will run from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.
Customers will find bargains on mattresses and box springs, washers and dryers, refrigerators, stoves, solid wood office furniture and filing cabinets, as well as clothing, household furniture, electronics and housewares. Delivery service will be available.