Ernest J. Anastasio, aka “Trey,” was arrested in Whitehall, NY after being pulled over at 3:30 am at a traffic stop December 15th, 2006. He was under the influence and had 60 prescription pills of the painkillers Percocet and hydrocodone and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax . Phish, one of the best “jam bands” in the world is actually known for sold out concerts and drug use at concerts. Trey participated in Washington County Drug Court and considers it to be life changing.
Years later in June 2016, Trey volunteered to speak at the Washington County drug court graduation and said the following: “The night I got arrested, I couldn’t go 10 minutes without taking something,” Anastasio said. “Nine years later, I don’t think about drinking or drugging anymore.” He told those on hand the 14 months in drug court helped to save his life and that it was “a gift to get arrested and be put through the paces to get sober. I thought I would come in here and say, ‘I’m sober’ and get to go home,” Trey recounted. “At the time, I thought this was the worst thing that ever happened to me. Today, it’s without a question the best thing that ever happened to me.”
Trey is now 14 years sober and lives in New York City, attends Alcohol Anonymous and serves as a sponsor. His foundation, “The Divided Sky,” has purchased a property to open a non-profit rehab in Ludlow, Vermont by the end of 2021. The program will be managed by Ascension Recovery Services, a consulting company that partners to launch addiction and mental health programs across the country.
Vermont is the 11th highest in the state for overdoses. Because it is rural, people are often far away from hospitals when they need help. There are not many rehab centers in the state to match the severity of the opioid problem. Trey states on his website: “Like so many people in America and so many in Vermont, I became addicted to opiates,” Anastasio said. “I was extremely lucky to have access to care, and I know how important it is to be part of a recovery community. I’m grateful that we can help provide that opportunity for others.”
*Thank you to the beautiful crystal loving woman that I ran into at the Fed-ex who made me aware of this story!!!!! Blessings!!!!!