Jason Moves From Heroin Addiction To Advocate
- May 11, 2018
- Posted by: UW User
- Category: Community Corner
Two years ago, Rise Recovery, a United Way nonprofit partner, hired “Jason,” a young person in recovery. At the time of his employment, he had achieved a little more than one year of sobriety. He had previously experienced the devastating effects of a heroin addiction, including homelessness and hospitalization.
As a peer counselor with Rise Recovery’s Palmer Drug Abuse program, Jason helps other young people find and maintain sobriety. Through service to others, he is better able to maintain his own recovery. Today, he is more than three years sober and has become a spokesperson for recovery, serving on panels and committees at the local and state level. Recently featured on KSAT news and at a town hall meeting hosted by UTSA, Jason is shining example and advocate for how your donation to United Way helps others.
Rise Recovery works to help teens, young adults and families overcome the effects of drugs and alcohol and partners with the community in education and prevention.