Getting clean

Addiction medicine program sees success in Sheridan County


SHERIDAN — He tried everything to get clean. Chris Evans attended in-patient substance abuse treatment 11 times. He leaned on friends and family for support during bouts of sobriety. He spent time in prison. He underwent multiple surgeries to stay alive.

During one of his stints in the hospital, this time in Seattle, after undergoing another heart surgery and wishing he would die, something clicked. Then, he started setting goals for himself.

Initially the goals were basic but critical. Squeeze the doctor’s fingers three times. Get off the ventilator helping him breathe. Push the button to call the nurse. Say a word. Say a sentence. Raise his head. Sit up in bed.

“I have not stopped making goals since then,” Evans said in April.

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