This week, I had the privilege of meeting with Troy Sandifer, the founder of H.U.S.T.L.E Recovery, and Kim Ryan. The opioid crisis has always been a significant concern for me as a state lawmaker and former Rutherford County Commissioner. Unfortunately, I was recently asked to deliver a eulogy at the funeral of a 30-year-old man named Brandon, who tragically passed away, likely due to fentanyl. Brandon leaves behind three young daughters, a fiancée, grieving parents, grandparents and many friends. I had the opportunity to speak with Brandon about life, his involvement with Celebrate Recovery, and his focus on following Christ during his journey of recovery.
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H.U.S.T.L.E. Recovery has received a $40,000 boost to sustain its vital mission of aiding individuals seeking treatment in navigating the process safely. Troy Sandifer, the founder of H.U.S.T.L.E., expressed gratitude, stating, “Over the last two years, we’ve been able to place over 2,800 people into treatment, and last year we put down over half a million miles of sober companion transports.”
Sandifer’s personal struggle with opioids, originating from a doctor’s prescription for a work-related back injury, mirrors the experiences of many. The $1.5 million from the first round opioid lawsuit settlement in Rutherford County is being allocated to organizations combatting the epidemic. Craig Harris, Chairman of the Rutherford County Opioid Board, explained the distribution based on county size and the severity of the opioid problem.
Among the beneficiaries are Interfaith Dental of Rutherford County, Doors of Hope, and the Rutherford County Probation Department. H.U.S.T.L.E., which stands for “How U Survive This Life Everyday,” aims to create a safe and sober living community fostering physical, spiritual, and emotional growth with mutual support.
Clients commend H.U.S.T.L.E. Recovery for its dedication, with testimonials describing the group as “absolutely incredible,” going “above and beyond” to help those in need, and providing “all the help you need” promptly. The organization’s impactful work reflects a collaborative effort by recovering addicts united to guide others toward a better way of life.
IT ALL STARTED WITH SOCIAL MEDIA
Our founder, Troy Sandifer, started H.U.S.T.L.E. Recovery on May 1, 2020 with a single facebook post. That morning he was contacted by the mother of his friend Josh Bartley to inform him that Josh has passed away from a fentanyl overdose. With a heavy heart Troy made a facebook post. He told his community that if they were struggling with addiction they didn’t have to die. He encouraged people to reach out and ask for help.
WE DO WHATEVER IT TAKES
At the time Troy had no clue how to get people into treatment. He began to simply make phone calls and connections with treatment centers across Tennessee. Today H.U.S.T.L.E. Recovery works with over 40 different licensed and faith based treatment centers in the state. H.U.S.T.L.E. Recovery has also developed relationships with over 100 recovery residences and sober living environments.
H.U.S.T.L.E. Recovery has the ability to navigate people to treatment with or without insurance. Once we have facilitated admission into a treatment facility, we take things a step further by providing sober companion transport. In the last 2 years, H.U.S.T.L.E. Recovery has been able to facilitate admissions for over 2500 people and in the last 12 months we have logged over half a million miles in sober companion transports.
WE PROMOTE TREATMENT OVER INCARCERATION
At the end of inpatient treatment H.U.S.T.L.E. Recovery works with Discharge Planners to navigate people to their next level of needed care. H.U.S.T.L.E. Recovery works with many justice involved people, attorneys, judges, district attorney’s offices, forensic social workers, and justice liaisons to assist in the furlough process in a effort to encourage treatment over Incarceration.
H.U.S.T.L.E. Recovery also assists many organizations such as hospitals, non-profit organizations, community outreach programs, and individuals to help all those in need find recovery resources. The goal of H.U.S.T.L.E. Recovery is to knock down barriers and to help people grow emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
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