Updated: Feb 19
Bucks County native and owner of Sober Transport looks to assist those seeking treatment by offering rides to and from the centers. He is a Certified Recovery Specialist and carries Narcan on board.
By James Scipione / firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted Jul 11, 2019 at 7:00 AM
David Sichel offers a ride service in Bucks County for those who are seeking to receive treatment and clean themselves up.Sometimes just getting yourself or a loved one to a treatment center is the hardest things to do when in the throes of addiction.David Sichel, of Trevose, is looking to ease the difficulties faced by those who live in the Bucks County area and seek treatment by offering a ride service for them.After driving for ride services such as Uber and Lyft, he came to realize that these types of services could be offered to those who seek treatment for drug addiction and substance abuse problems.Sichel, who has been in recovery for over five years, is a certified recovery specialist who obtained his certification through a class taken at Penn State-Abington. He said being in recovery himself helps him to connect with the people he is transporting.While Uber and Lyft drivers can transport people to treatment, Sichel said if a person seeking treatment wants to stop and pick up drugs, there is usually nothing preventing them from doing so. Uber and Lyft drivers also don’t necessarily carry the opioid overdose reversal drug Narcan on board as he does, and are are unequipped and not trained in handling an overdose, he said.Another source of transportation is from the loved one, a spouse, a parent, or a sibling, but Sichel said families can easily be manipulated and sometimes enable the person in their drug abuse.“If the family takes them, they might not ever go,” he said.Sichel’s transportation service, which is commercially insured, will pick riders up and drive them to and from the treatment centers. He was thankful for those who helped him when he couldn’t help himself, and now looks to return the favor.“He’s always available and always picks up the phone,” said Michael McMichen, director of admissions for DayBreak Addiction Treatment Solutions in Middletown, one of the centers served by Sichel’s service. “It’s very incredible.”
Sichel’s 24/7 service is available to anyone who needs it, and he doesn’t mind driving far distances to help. He makes sure to visit the family before giving any rides, and lets them know their loved ones are in good hands.“I would get up and drive five hours in the middle of this interview if it came down to it,” he said. “It doesn’t matter where or how long the drive is.”Although the ride service is just a few months old, Sichel is looking to add more drivers and expand his reach.Sichel’s prices vary on each individual ride; he charges on a per-mile rate that changes depending on the time of day.“No one has to die because of the inability to get treatment,” Sichel said. “It’s never too late, and there’s always hope.”For more information, www.sobertransport.org