Addiction Recovery Support Services from Sober Escorts
At Sober Escorts, Inc. our mission is to help our clients achieve and sustain sobriety to ultimately enjoy a lifelong recovery from addiction. The team at Sober Escorts, Inc. has earnestly invested their hearts in this mission, and they dedicate their lives every single day to help their clients on the path to a full recovery.
The initial idea, to assist clients with the various transitions in their journey towards recovery, came to founder Rick Parrish in 2004 while he was himself still in treatment for his addiction.
As he witnessed his friends relapse soon after discharge, he realized that a profound difference could be made by simply having someone assist and guide the newly sober upon discharge.
Rick reasoned that if people just had someone with them for the first days or weeks, someone firmly grounded in their own recovery, that they would stand a much better chance staying sober.
Now, over a decade later, Sober Escorts, Inc. proudly offers a menu of dynamic and proven services that are tailored to meet the specific needs of each individual client. Services include:
- Sober transport services
- Sober coaching
- Sober companions
- Clinical assessment and placement services
- Case management services
Sober Escorts, Inc. maintains a roster of more than 300 dedicated and highly skilled men and women, strategically located across the U.S. and abroad. Our professionals are fully bonded and insured and have all received a thorough background check. The majority of our team members are in recovery themselves, with an average length of twelve years sobriety. The team is devoted to helping others not only get through the difficult early recovery phase, but even just getting them into treatment in the first place so that they, too, can experience full and rewarding lives.
Collaboration – The Key to Success
It truly does take a village to usher an individual from a life of addiction towards one of sustained recovery. From the support and love of family and friends, to the many addiction and behavioral health professionals who aid in treatment, to the professional services utilized post-treatment, many diverse talents and skills come into play with the one goal of helping someone get clean and sober.
Sober Escorts, Inc. serves as the important trim tab on the boat of recovery, with an array of services available to assist and dovetail with other experts involved in a client’s recovery. We regularly collaborate with families, addiction treatment facilities, private practice therapists, case managers, interventionists, attorneys, client’s managers or agents, and consultants to help clients attain a smooth transition between the various services involved in their recovery.
What Sets Sober Escorts, Inc. Apart?
Addiction knows no boundaries. Rates of alcohol and drug addiction continue to rise worldwide, and Sober Escorts, Inc. is positioned to have services available virtually anywhere in the world at a moments notice. Our recovery professionals typically are on scene within hours, ready to help.
“We Care — We’ve Been There” is much more than a marketing slogan. It’s the truth. Every sober escort, companion, coach, case manager, and team member has been directly impacted by the disease of addiction, and has real-world experience helping others navigate life in recovery.
Sober Escorts, Inc. is also unique in how it structures its fees. Many sober escort service providers charge astronomically high rates. At Sober Escorts, Inc. we don’t want cost to be a factor that prevents someone from seeking help for his or her addiction. Our fees for most services are roughly half the cost of similar services from other providers. If we can’t help you we promise to provide a referral for a program or service appropriate to meet your needs.
About Our Founder – Rick Parrish
When asked, Rick Parrish, president & founder of Sober Escorts, Inc., describes himself as “Just an old alcoholic/addict that’s been clean a few years and had a pretty good idea.” While that may be true, there is a quite bit more to Rick’s story. Rick was gifted with an entrepreneurial and compassionate spirit. At age 22, Rick started his first small business, an insulation company. Since then, Rick has helped to found and operate three other successful small businesses. He has also worked for two Fortune 500 companies.
Rick has lived and worked in Australia, New Zealand, Belize, and Hungary, giving him a broad worldview. Rick states,
“During my career in business and in addiction I have been way up and I have been way down. I’ve flown in private jets and spent the night at The Salvation Army. It was always the addiction that took me to the low points.”
Rick founded Sober Escorts, Inc. in 2004. He has found his niche and truly has not only a passion for what he does, but has positively impacted countless lives. Sober Escorts, Inc. employs over 300 men and women across the US, Australia, and England. Many are degreed, licensed and/or certified professionals in the recovery field.
Rick resides in Ocala, Florida with his wife, Jamie, and daughters Jessie (20) and Allie (15). Rick’s wife, Jamie, is a clinical professional in the recovery field. She holds an MSW, CAP, BRI II, as well as being a certified trauma therapist.
About Our Executive Director, Jamie A. Eater, MSW, CAP, CIP, CTT
Jamie came into the field of addictions and recovery in 1998 after spending her 20’s globe-hopping in various sales jobs, living what she terms her “gypsy days.” If asked, she would tell you she has always danced to her own rhythm, learning most of her lessons the hard way, but learning them nonetheless. Jamie believes in hard work, honesty, love, passion, purpose, and laughter–sometimes in that order, sometimes not. She lives to create what comes into her mind; whether it’s the perfect pairing of companion to client, fantastic flavors in the kitchen, a rock garden in her back yard, or aromatic bath scrubs for herself and her friends. In the past, she lived in her negative thoughts, beliefs, and old messages, and when that became tiring and ineffective, she started doing her own healing work. Over the years, she has been able to let go of the people, places, & things that no longer benefit the life she chooses to live today. Jamie has been with her husband, Rick Parrish, the President and visionary of Sober Escorts, Inc. for over 24 years. They have 2 beautiful daughters, too many animals and they still make each other laugh out loud – though it hasn’t always been easy.
At age 33, in her first year of graduate school, a respected Dean once asked: “What makes you think you can be a good social worker when you’re a salesman- what can you offer this field?” Jamie recalled a quote from Og Mandino’s book, The Greatest Salesman in the World : “In truth, the only difference between those who have failed and those who have succeeded lies in the difference of their habits. Good habits are the key to all success. Bad habits are the unlocked door to failure. Thus, the first law I will obey, which precedeth all others is—I will form good habits and become their slave.” Jamie answered the Dean, saying,
“By doing my own healing, I have learned good habits and have both the heart and ability to help others understand and accept they, too, can create new habits, which will change their lives for the better. I can support people as they come to believe there is hope through even the smallest change, and I will convince them they can transform their lives by working for their own needed change.”
Since that time, Jamie has continued to read, learn, grow, change, transform & heal both herself and others.
Jamie graduated with her Masters Degree in Social Work May 1998 from the University of Central Florida, Orlando. She began her career in the field of Addictions & Mental Wellness at Savannah’s Hospital, a private psychiatric hospital, in Port St. Lucie, Florida one month after graduation. Jamie was afforded many learning opportunities working as a Social Worker on a locked dual diagnosis unit. She worked hand in hand with the psychiatric and medical teams. She learned crisis intervention and the importance of gaining her client’s trust and respect. As her areas of interest became more focused on chemical and process addictions, Jamie moved in 2001 to Hanley Hazelden in West Palm Beach, Florida to work as a Clinical Case Manager assisting clients with both the admission and discharge process. Jamie was with Hanley for three years when she was called to work as a Primary Therapist at The Refuge-A Healing Place in Ocklawaha, Florida in January 2004. From there, everything changed. In the last 11 years, Jamie has been afforded the opportunity to work and train with some of the brightest most outstanding leaders in the fields of addiction, trauma treatment, and mental health. In addition to her degree, she holds certifications as: Addictions Professional (CAP), Intervention Professional, (CIP), and Trauma Therapist (CTT). She has trained in trance breath work, EMDR, DBT, and hypnosis, to name a few. She sits on the board of the Association of Intervention Specialists as their Program Director, and has been a part of Sober Escorts, Inc. since it’s beginning. She came full time to Sober Escorts as Vice President and Clinical Director in March 2012. Today, Jamie spends the majority of her time on the phone or in the air.
Connecting clients with best-fit treatment programs and sober companions is Jamie’s specialty.
Sober Escorts, Inc.’s new Segue plan is her current passion, as she believes greatly in the power of healing and in people’s innate abilities to change when they have the support and time needed to learn new habits and behaviors.
Why Choose Us?
– Rick Parrish, Founder & President, SEI
Via Postal Mail
Sober Escorts, Inc.
3201 S.W. 34th Avenue
“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.”
“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.”
“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 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!”