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Jim Gillen is a hard person to forget: Big toothy smile, bigger personality, a set of sparkly, conspiratorial eyes that only beamed brighter when he shaved his head earlier this year after his lymphoma relapsed. The swankiest fedora couldn’t shade that man’s shine. He described his look as “Beastie Boy grandfather,” and he rocked it.

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Learn to use NARCAN in under 3 Minutes!

Watch this video to learn how to use Narcan in only 3 Minutes. 


Lessons in Taking Things One Day at a Time, From People in Recovery

Isolation presents a particular challenge for people living with addictions. But the tools that got them to this point are relevant to everyone now.

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The Rhode Island Governors Commission on Disabilities has created the following resource guide to assist you.

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12-Step Recovery, Multiple Pathways and Recovery Coaching

One of CCAR’s foundational principles is “There are many paths to recovery“.  To support this principle, CCAR hosted 4 conferences focused on multiple pathways of recovery. Recently, I attended a Wellbriety All Addictions Conference in Santa Fe. This event focused on the 12 Steps. I have spent a great deal of time since thinking how 12-Step recovery fits into a larger paradigm.

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First-of-its-kind clinic offers 24/7 opioid addiction treatment in Phoenix

A first-of-its-kind opioid treatment program is opening its doors to addicts seeking treatment around the clock. 

"We don't have to turn anyone away," said John Koch, peer support program manager at the Community Medical Services North Phoenix clinic. 

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Former drug users work on the front lines of the opioid crisis in Rhode Island

They visit overdose victims in the hospital. They hand out lifesaving drugs on the streets and educate their peers about their own relapses. In Rhode Island, former drug addicts are the most valuable fighters on the front lines of the war against opioids. William Brangham reports as part of our series, “America Addicted.”

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Learn how to speak the language of RECOVERY: Addiction-ary

The words we use matter. Words convey meanings and not always the meanings we intend.

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Report from Technical Expert Panel for Recovery Support Services

SAMSHA, Washington DC

August 2018

Deb Dettor, Director of Recovery Support Services for Anchor Recovery Centers, just returned from Washington, DC where she participated in a technical expert panel on research and evaluation for Recovery Support Services.  Deb was asked to present on Recovery Community Centers, and reports she was greatly honored to be invited to speak about this and other topics under study.   She was joined by top researchers, state systems leaders, national funders and recovery service directors from across the country; and returned inspired by her learning and input to help guide the development of national research priorities.   These research findings are critical to establish evidence based practices for recovery support.  Most promising about recovery support services is that they lead to better recovery outcomes with a significantly lower price tag.  Current research indicates that 50-60% of individuals with addiction will achieve full sustained remission.  Studies are underway to determine how the use of community based recovery support will improve this statistic.

Six domains have been identified within the Recovery Support Services field that emerged in the early 2000’s, and are: mutual aid, continuing care, peer based recovery support services, recovery community centers, recovery housing, and education-based recovery support.  The Providence Center’s Anchor Recovery programs are grounded in this new field, with Anchor viewed as a national leader in developing new models like the Jim Gillen Teen Center, Anchor ED (recovery coaching in hospital emergency rooms), MORE (mobile outreach recovery coaching)and DOC-based recovery coaching (prison and re-entry based).  TPC’s Anchor Learning Academy was established as a recovery high school that includes educationally-based recovery support principles.  All of these Anchor programs are on the frontier of this exciting movement, helping more people find their way to long-term recovery from alcohol and drug addiction.  



Rhode Island’s Public Talkshow About Everything Recovery

Tune into each month to Recovery Talks. Recovery Talks is a Rhode Island public broadcast where local heroes in recovery from substance use disorders share stories and discuss the world of recovery.

Hosted by Anchor ED founder George O’Toole.

RI Public Access Air Times:

  • Cox Channel 18 – Tuesdays @ 3:30pm; Thursdays @ 12:00pm (noon)
  • Cox Channel 13 – Sundays @ 1:00pm
  • Verizon Channel 24 – Tuesdays @ 3:30pm; Thursdays @ 12:00pm (noon)

Below are some of Anchor’s recent mentions in local and national media:

$60K grant to support The Providence Center’s fight against opioid crisis
How Anchor Recovery Community is dealing with Covid-19
Anchor Recovery continues mission to provide support
Granny Squibb’s first year of charitable campaign a success
How peer recovery coaches make a difference in the War on Opioids
As Safe Stations help those struggling with addiction in RI, one program needs funding
BCBSRI review: Addiction treatment benefits from peers, meds, primary care
Leading the Road to Recovery
Anchor Recovery represented in Washington, D.C
Michelle Harter, Community Liaison and Consulting Manger, Anchor Recovery, participated on the technical expert panel, Medications and Recovery Support for Opioid Use Disorder in Emergency Departments in Washington, D.C.  The meeting was hosted by the National Council for Behavioral Health as part of its work under the Opioid Response Network (ORN). Among other topics, Michelle spoke about peer support workers working to engage overdose survivors to reduce further harm, and offer treatment and recovery options.
RI Attorney General and State Police Support of Anchor Youth Recovery Center
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams Visits Anchor Pawtucket
War on Opioids: Safe Stations now open at Providence fire stations
A Rhode Island College web article about Anchor’s Roxxanne Newman bringing recovery to campus

Let’s face it, life on Earth has to be one of the toughest missions. Many look for the “great escape” without having to leave the planet. Escapist d​rugs of choice include​ marijuana, alcohol, ecstasy, mushrooms, LSD, methamphetamine, Percocets, OxyContin, heroin and crack/cocaine​. 

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Anchor staff featured in recent episodes of PBS NewsHour!