Once a week, Charlene Best pulls out her cellphone and dials a man she’s never seen, only heard.
A gravelly voice echoes on the other line — sometimes quaking with a craving for another sip of alcohol, other times resolute and ready to start anew.
Her calls are the hallmark of a program by Springs Recovery Connection, a Colorado Springs nonprofit run by recovering addicts seeking to help other addicts. The Peer Recovery Coach program pairs people who are well into their recovery — be it from addictions to alcohol, heroin or anything in between — with people just starting on that road.
By: Jakob Rodgers