BREWER — Bangor Area Recovery Network, better known as the BARN, is helping people fight addiction every day.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating to so many. It’s been especially tough on those who are in recovery and rely on human interaction.
Robert Fickett, the executive director of BARN, said losing that connection was their biggest hurdle.
“So really feeling like a part of something, having a home, a purpose,” said Fickett.
Fickett said that disconnect has been deadly.
“We knew people were struggling,” Fickett said. “We saw an increase in overdose deaths.”
Despite the challenges, Fickett said he’s proud of how they have responded.
“The way they pulled together to make sure they were supporting each other during this time,” Fickett said.
He said one thing they learned was how to use technology so they can continue with virtual meetings.
BARN Outreach Specialist Samantha Ahearn said being resilient is the key to success.
“Keep trying. Just keep trying,” said Ahearn. “We get up, we try, we fail. We try until we find that thing that works and we run with it.”
BARN is currently looking for volunteers to help in any way they can. If you’re interested, visit BangorRecovery.org or message them on Facebook.