Recovery Supports for Overdose Survivors
AnchorED connects individuals who have presented at Rhode Island emergency rooms with an opioid overdose with recovery services delivered by certified peer recovery coaches.
Prior to being released, a peer recovery coach from Anchor Recovery Community Center meets with the patient to introduce them to recovery supports and resources that will help keep them on the road to recovery. Recovery coaches play an important role in helping individuals avoid another overdose and encouraging them to stay engaged in treatment. Outreach includes:
- Linking individuals to treatment and recovery resources
- Providing education on overdose, prevention and on obtaining Naloxone, a drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose when administered
- Providing additional resources to individuals and family members
- Contacting the individual after they are released from the ED with a follow-up phone call
Recovery coaches are on call 24/7 at Kent, Memorial, Women and Infants, Rhode Island, Miriam, Hasbro Children's Hospital, Newport, Hasbro, Landmark, Fatima, Roger Williams and Westerly hospitals.
AnchorED was created by The Providence Center, the Rhode Island Department of Health, the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals and Anchor Recovery Community Centers in response to Rhode Island's increasing number of opioid overdose deaths.