“I think the most important thing Doc brings to anyone he meets is empathy and love,” said Nicole Criss, executive director of FAVOR. “He brings understanding and acceptance of wherever they are in their journey of recovery. That is very powerful.”
Criss knows firsthand the type of positive influence Dr. Archambeau can have on people.
In recovery herself, Criss began to develop a rapport with Dr. Archambeau as a patient at his medical practice. He gently but persistently encouraged her to become active in FAVOR, and she eventually agreed to go to Connecticut with a group of volunteers to be trained how to help other people in recovery.
“When we came back here, I just kind of fell into this position,” Criss says. “Since then, I don’t even know if I can put into words the gratitude I have for Doc coming into my life.”
With his support, she has completed her master’s degree and, in June, began working on her doctorate.
“I wouldn’t have the courage to do stuff like that if Doc didn’t come into my life,” she says. “He’s just been an incredible support person. I can’t say enough for what he’s done for my life.”