Colorado Springs peer coaching a ‘lifeline’ for recovering addicts

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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

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