Matthew Currin interviewed Eric Burgiss about a successful story of recovery from addiction.
Eric is the founder of The 108 Challenge, an outreach designed for addicts to help them stay clean one day at a time. Eric serves as a peer support person and provides resources and tools to help individuals find recovery.
For 27 years, Eric battled a crack cocaine addiction and experienced devastating consequences as a result of his drug-filled lifestyle. He overdosed in 2018 where he found “rock bottom”. Thanks to an EMS worker, Eric was revived by Narcan which opened the door of opportunity to a desire for getting clean and sober – for the first time in his life.
The 108 Challenge was born on Day 3 of Eric’s recovery.
It began with him marking three stitches on a baseball and discovering there are 108 stitches on a regulation size baseball. Eric marks one stitch for every day he is clean. He’s found this tool can help others stay sober and that some times simple things can have a great impact.