As someone living with the repercussions of substance misuse disorder, Wise County resident Tonya needed help building her self-esteem and establishing a healthy relationship with her children. After hearing about the Recovery Opportunities and Pathways to Employment Success (R.O.P.E.S.) program, she contacted case manager Emily Hash to enroll.
Tonya had previously trained in medical assisting and phlebotomy but could not obtain employment due to her past addiction issues. She wanted to pursue something in the healthcare industry, so she entered the Peer Recovery Training with Ballad Health. She completed training and is now logging five hundred hours in peer recovery work so she can apply for her Virginia Peer Recovery Specialist certification.
Since enrolling in the R.O.P.E.S. program, Tonya has secured her driver’s license and received a R.O.P.E.S. vehicle, which she has now paid off. She’s also remained clean and sober, and been a positive role model for her family, coworkers, and friends. She is highly motivated, driven to reach her goals, and always open to suggestions and direction.
Tonya is an excellent example of what can happen when participants fully take advantage of the R.O.P.E.S. program and everything it offers. We are so proud of her progress!