Linda started using drugs after her eldest child was killed in a car accident. She turned to drugs to numb the pain instead of dealing with her emotions. Drugs helped her forget.

Linda had often seen addiction take over other people’s lives. She knew she didn’t want to end up like that—controlled by a substance.

“I refused to go there,” she said.

Instead, in the summer of 2016, Linda came to TROSA, a free, long-term residential recovery program for men and women with substance use disorder. She wanted to learn how to deal with her emotions in a healthy way, so that she wouldn’t need to use drugs to dull her emotions ever again.

Like all residents of TROSA’s multiyear program, Linda received housing, meals, health care, peer support, counseling, educational opportunities, and vocational training through community assignments—all at no cost. Linda vocationally trained in the culinary department, the medical department, and the transportation department, learning valuable job skills in each of her community assignments.

She took full advantage of the opportunities at TROSA: She took computer classes; courses on relapse prevention and grief; and earned her ServSafe certification before she graduated from the program in August 2018.

Linda took her culinary skills honed at TROSA to secure a job at an award-winning local seafood favorite in Durham. She moved into her own apartment and renewed her relationships with her family.

“I’ve learned to love life without having to be numb all the time,” shared Linda. “I’ve learned to turn my negative attitude into a positive attitude and how to smile and be happy.”