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Wyoming Rescue Mission celebrates 20 recovery program graduates

Heather Johnson (R) gets a certificate for graduating phase II of the WRM recovery program
Heather Johnson (R) gets a certificate for graduating phase II of the WRM recovery program(Bobbee Russell)
Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 6:00 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - 30 percent of the people who seek help from Wyoming Rescue Mission have an addiction. Today they are celebrating 20 people who are in the recovery process at their recovery graduation.

Brad Hopkins, the executive director, said there are three phases to this year long recovery process. Phase one is getting healthy and getting connected to who they are and why they are medicating with substances.

The second phase builds on that and staff help people create plans to seek education or a job after the recovery program. In phase three, people transition out of the shelter and move into their own home and are working on education or a career. Hopkins was delighted to celebrate these graduates in person and the ones who couldn’t attend.

“I was really thrilled that some of the graduates weren’t able to come because they had to be at a job,” Hopkins said.

Each person gets two mentors to help them through this process. Heather Johnson, a phase II graduate, said she learned she is not alone in the recovery process and is grateful for people she’s met who share her experiences.

“Whatever was going on in our lives it took us [to the] same dark desolate place where we couldn’t do it on our own any longer,” Johnson said.

She added the recovery process isn’t easy, but it’s definitely worth it.

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