Sober Living is Possible – Client & Professional Testimonials
“Jamie – I came across your Sober Escort site and thought of you WE ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR HELPING EMILY BECOME THE PERSON SHE IS TODAY. YOU SAVED HER LIFE AND WE ARE BEYOND GRATEFUL!
It will be 10 years sober for Emily on April 23. You would be so proud of
that girl. She works the program so hard and sponsors, sponsors, sponsors. She works in a detox unit, talks on the phone non-stop with troubled teens and last month helped a family with an intervention. Her dedication to THE PROGRAM was built with your help and you will always hold a bright spot in our family.”
– Emily’s Mom
“My first contact with Sober Escorts came at a crisis point . My daughter had discharged herself from a detox facility in CA and quickly drank a bottle of vodka, supplemented with cocaine and other drugs. We were trying to get her to a long term treatment facility in FL, but she would need to go through detox again before being admitted. That left a lot of time for her to change her mind, lose her willingness and bolt again. The treatment facility put me in touch with Jamie, the clinical director at Sober Escorts, to arrange transportation to the detox facility and then hopefully the treatment center. There were lots of moving parts and my daughter was at the height of her disease, meaning denial, rebelliousness and acting out. I was desperately trying to coordinate this from across the country. The first thing Jamie did was to suggest a different detox than the one that had been recommended. She shared her reasoning, which included how much more user friendly the staff and programming were at the place of her choice. It was obvious that there was no professional affiliation, and NO reason for Jamie to do this, except for the fact that she had listened very closely to my story and understood on a deep level how tenuous the situation was. What subsequently amazed me was that my daughter LOVED the program- saying in fact that she wished she could stay there. All parents of addicts reading this will understand how completely unlikely that outcome was. No one likes detox ever! It is the beginning of a painful journey, but usually so short itself that you can’t make lasting ties with staff or peers. Plus, my daughter had left the last detox AMA and was not in a state of mind that could be characterized as “willingness.” ALL I wanted was for her to complete her detox, and I certainly never expected her to like it. The point of this story is that Jamie took the initiative to provide my family with help that I wouldn’t have even known was there- at an absolutely critical juncture. I think being in a detox that she liked was a turning point for my daughter – who went on to complete her six month treatment in FL.
I then used Sober Escorts to provide all transportation she needed throughout her six month stay. Shortly after her first transition from detox to treatment, my daughter said “how great to have the first person I met down here be a young woman, whom I could clearly relate to, saying she used to me like me, but I could be like her,” (sober, happy, healthy, working, etc.). I NEVER had given that angle a thought – my only idea was employing a transport service that would be safe, secure, and not vulnerable to addict manipulations! Once again, this was a careful choice by Jamie, going above and beyond what I even knew to ask for. Six months later I can say that Jamie and Sober Escorts were completely reliable, reasonable, fair and trustworthy. In any service provided to addicts there are likely to be unforeseen complications. Jamie was thoughtful, compassionate and creative in her approach to problem solving – again providing service well beyond what I was asking for.
Initially, I had to take a leap of faith in trusting Sober Escorts with my most precious cargo. As you might discern from my various descriptions, we are a family that has had 5 years of involvement with various treatment facilities, and services to families living with addiction. The service provided by Jamie and other Sober Escorts staff was superb on all levels, and I would recommend them in a heartbeat to all who are struggling with the impact of this horrible disease.”
“The Refuge has been working with Sober Escorts since they transported their first client successfully to treatment. We have come to rely on the exceptional service and professionalism they provide for our clients by transports to and from treatment, Interventions, case management services for our alumni and sober companions. Sober Escorts has shown love, compassion and integrity in their interactions with clients, staff and families. They have shown through the quality of their work that they not only care but are as invested in our clients’ success as we are.”
“On our first phone conversation you warned me that if our daughter went to an addiction rehab facility, she would hate it for the first two weeks. And of course that happened. What wasn’t evident at the time, was this normal “hate” or the level of that which we experienced before with flashbacks, injuries, and hospitalizations? So my initial hope was just to get her through the first two weeks. Then we had to redefine, what constituted two weeks…her arrival during family week, her “almost leaving with her suitcase”,her hospitalization? But through it all, you told us to hang in there, or that if need be you would move her to another facility. At the end of two weeks, she returned from the second treatment center ready to do it. A “miracle” just as you described it, happened. The only person more surprised than my husband and I, was our daughter herself. and me, was Looking back I think your were our “touchstone” and “personal miracle”.
When my husband told me that he called you just to check in, but without any issues or concerns…I could only smile.
Thank you so much for what you have given our daughter, my husband, and me. Our hope is that when our daughter is ready to consider after-care, that you will gently lead her to the right program, just as you did with the initial treatment center.”
“Thank you so much for everything. Your company is wonderful and our son’s Sober Companion was absolutely amazing! My son thought he was awesome. He helped make a very difficult situation better than we thought possible!”
“Hi Rick–it’s me, from Toronto. You escorted me from here to Palm Springs last October. My wife and I were just talking about how kind, empathetic and trustworthy you were. You really helped us in our time of need. I am 4+ months sober and going strong.
6 months later, from the same Client:
“Hey Rick, just wanted to let you know I got my 1 year medallion last night! Thanks again for your kindness and help. We all remember you fondly and the great service you did for me and my family.
5 years later, from the same Client:
“Forgot to email you last November buddy. 5 years and going strong!
As always, I am grateful for your help in the beginning.
“My experience of the service provided by Sober Escorts, especially Jamie Eater, is an experience that will last a life time. In my families situation it was a decade of trials and tribulations that led us to contacting Sober Escorts, who came highly recommended from a dear friend.
I was inspired from the first point of contact. I quickly laid out 10 years of struggles to Jamie and she just as quickly was able to internalize what I was explaining and come back with immediate recommendations. Things to consider, actions to take, things to weigh out, moreover, re-contextualize the meaning of being a stand for our loved one and the ones that have been affected by this situation. It was until a few days later that Jamie, myself and another family member made our decent to the location where our loved one was located. In that time Jamie stayed in contact with me every day. Checking in to make sure that I was ok, that my family was ok, and most importantly that our loved one suffering from this disease was ok. The integrity, love, compassion, and endless commitment to having our intention of getting my sister to treatment was never lost throughout the process. Jamie, continued to create a safe, non-judgmental, loving and inspiring environment for all parties involved to feel free to express their concerns, feelings and apprehensions. There are no words that can describe the comfort that was brought by her. Her knowledge, experience and again her commitment to her work simply is what carried this intention from a thought to a reality. I write this today with the understanding that, having Jamie and Sober Escorts be a part of this process couldn’t have been a better decision. One of the best that I have ever made in my life. To Jamie and the Sober Escorts family, thank you for what you have done and continue to do for families all over. I am forever grateful for you all!”
“I have had the opportunity of working with Sober Escorts, Inc. in many capacities over the past 8 years, and I have been consistently impressed at the level of professionalism, compassion, and care that they bring to this industry. No matter what the job entails, I know that clients and families in their care will be met with unwavering dedication their wellbeing. I have personally witnessed both Rick and Jamie go above and beyond for their clients, operating always with the highest level of integrity. There is no company that I would trust more to work with a client, or a loved one, during such a critical and overwhelming time in their life.”
I couldn’t be more pleased with the sober companion working with our son. He is truly a blessing to my son, his sobriety, and me. In the seven years that he has struggled with his addiction since the traumatic and sudden death of his dad, we have never experienced a professional who has so deeply and profoundly cared about his success. For this, as well as the sober companion’s technical competencies and intuitive sense of who my son is and his needs, I am deeply grateful. He has been spot on in every instance. Please pass my comments on to the sober companion. Being in the service industry myself, I know feedback is always appreciated!
“The Sober Companion helped me develop social skills, build confidence in myself, and set and achieve personal goals. He challenged me in ways that helped me grow as a person and helped me move towards independence and self sufficiency. I continue to apply the skills he taught me in my life today, and as a result, I continue to move forward in life as a productive member of society.”
“I want to thank you for all your support and guidance over the last few weeks. Your professionalism, insight, and advice kept me on the right track and I am so grateful for that. I so appreciate the fact that I could call you at any time and you were ready to help. The world is a better place because of your dedication – you are making a difference and what can be better than that! Thanks again.”
“Chris was very professional and helpful. I could call him anytime during the intervention process for my son.”
“I was no novice when it came to chemical dependency treatment. When I admitted this last time I felt that it was just an effort in futility. On the way to the treatment center my sober escort gave me the encouragement and the hope I needed. Now that I’ve been discharged, Sober Escorts is still a part of my support network. I’ve called several times. They have always made themselves available. I don’t always hear what I’d like to but I do hear what I need to. They do care and I am truly grateful for them.”
“Sober Escorts is by far the very best of its kind in this field. Never once, have I had any problems with this company. They are always professional and responsible. But, more than that, they are compassionate and kind and respectful to all of their clients. The owners are remarkable people, straightforward, honest and the warmest, most caring people one could ever imagine. I can refer my clients to Sober Escort and never give it another thought because I don’t think, I know, they are in the very best hands. Thank you Sober Escorts for being amazing!”
“If it weren’t for Sober Escorts (Rick) I definitely would not have made it to treatment safely. When I arrived at the airport Rick was there on time and waiting. The ride was great. Good music and laid back atmosphere. Rick is an easy person to get along with so conversation was good. Since Rick is in the program it took the edge off the ride and allowed me to not stress out as much. My experience was a good one with Sober Escorts and I would choose them again.”
“My experience is that addiction and/or trauma treatment can be a life changing experience – if you get there. To get to or from treatment safely, for myself or for a loved one, there isn’t anyone that I would trust more than Sober Escorts.”