Anchor ED (Emergency Department)
AnchorED connects individuals admitted into Rhode Island emergency rooms for a substance use disorder 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. Recovery coaches play an important role in helping individuals avoid another overdose and encouraging them to stay engaged in treatment.
Anchor ED’s services also include:
- 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
Anchor ED is the first program of its kind in the country. It is now partnered with every hospital in the state and has also been replicated by multiple states.
Anchor MORE (Mobile Outreach Recovery Efforts)
Anchor MORE is Anchor’s statewide outreach initiative, in which peer recovery specialists go out into the community and talk with individuals suffering from substance use disorders. Interactions often lead to referrals to treatment and recovery support services such as 12 step meetings, medication assisted treatment, detox, recovery housing, recovery coaching, safe shelters and Anchor services. This mobile effort reaches all 38 towns of Rhode Island.
AnchorMORE staff visit places like soup kitchens, shelters, bus stations and needle exchanges, and these efforts result in over 500 conversations in the community each month. AnchorMORE also provides distribution of naloxone (Narcan) and education of overdose prevention strategies.
Telephone Recovery Support
Telephone Recovery Support (TRS) is an innovative peer-to-peer support service that provides weekly telephone calls to check in on people in recovery. Recoverees are given support and encouragement as well as information about community resources, support meetings and alternative recovery pathways that may help them maintain their recovery. Calls are made by trained Anchor staff and volunteers that are in recovery themselves.
Our calls can be particularly helpful during a reoccurrence of someone’s chronic substance use disorder. When a recoveree tells us they have relapsed, we don’t exclude them from the program; we keep calling them, checking in with them, and offering help.
Participation is simple: fill out the form below. We look forward to getting to know you and supporting you on your recovery path.
Safe Stations PVD
Anchor is also involved with the PVD Safe Stations initiative, which addresses the overdose epidemic in Providence by providing hassle-free and immediate access to supportive services. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, people suffering from addiction can visit any of Providence’s 12 fire stations, speak with the trained staff on duty, and immediately get connected to treatment support and services.
Providence Safe Stations is based on the model from Manchester and Nashua, NH, which also experience high rates of opioid overdose deaths. The program is free and provides a welcoming environment for when you’re ready for recovery.
More information can be found at: pvdsafestations.com