New to Aquidneck Island, addiction treatment center carries on despite loss
MIDDLETOWN — At The Journey To Hope, Health & Healing, the late Donald Boucher won’t soon be forgotten.
CEO Tom Hill and Chief Operating Officer Jamie Savage said the Newport man left a major impact on the new substance-abuse treatment center in Middletown.
As the clinical director for The Journey, Boucher helped put in place the staff, supports and just about everything else in the Valley Road office, they said.
That’s part of what made Boucher’s sudden death at 56 in a May 7 scooter accident down the street so difficult, especially considering the positive impact he had on people every day.
“We’re working on creating a lasting memory to him, so people never forget the difference he made in so many lives,” Hill said, tears welling up in his eyes. “Don was that kind of guy. Always there, always positive, helping people. It’s hit us all really hard. Still is.”
Hill and Savage said the number of people dealing with substance addiction in Rhode Island is on the rise. As a result, multiple state agencies asked them to bring a Journey center to Aquidneck Island; it opened in April. The company also operates similar facilities in Johnston, Providence and Westerly.
They said The Journey treats substance addiction like the medical disease it is. Because addiction can cause physical changes to the body — and mind — it’s very difficult to beat without outside help, they said.
A big part of that process is to remove the stigma around addiction.
Journey To Hope, Health & Healing Opens New Center on Aquidneck Island
The Journey to Hope, Health, and Healing held a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening for its new Middletown location.
The Journey is certified as a Center of Excellence by the State of Rhode Island Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals (BHDDH).
“We look forward to helping residents of Aquidneck Island who are struggling with addiction get on a path to recovery. We are here to provide the medication-assisted treatment, counseling, and support that is not only evidenced-based, but that we know from our own experience works,” said Tom Hill, Journey CEO.
Substance Abuse Center Opens New Middletown Location
The ribbon cutting was Monday at the Valley Road outpatient facility.
From The Journey to Hope, Health & Healing: The Journey to Hope, Health and Healing held a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening for its new Middletown location, bringing comprehensive outpatient recovery services to Aquidneck Island—a traditionally underserved area with a need for more substance abuse treatment centers. The Journey is certified as a Center of Excellence by the State of Rhode Island Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH).
"We look forward to helping residents of Aquidneck Island who are struggling with addiction get on a path to recovery, said Tom Hill, Journey CEO. "We are here to provide the medication assisted treatment, counseling and support that is not only evidenced-based, but that we know from our own experience works."
US Representative David Cicilline (D-1) said, "In this building The Journey will provide treatment that will save and transform lives."
State official hears success stories in visit to Westerly substance abuse program
WESTERLY — Chris dabbled with drugs recreationally early in his life, but following reconstructive surgery on his leg he got hooked on the pain pills his doctors prescribed. His dependency eventually led to 10 dark years of using drugs almost daily and spending every dollar he could find on drugs from street dealers.
“I tried to stop on my own. I could make it for three days but then I’d go back to it,” Chris said Wednesday as he told his story to Eric J. Beane, secretary of the state Executive Office of Health and Human Services.
Beane heard Chris’ story during a visit to The Journey Hope Health and Healing Inc., an outpatient center on Beach Street that offers medication-assisted treatment and comprehensive recovery services for substance abusers. The center was recently named a center of excellence by Gov. Gina Raimondo’s Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force.
“I got sick and tired of being sick and tired,” Chris said. “I knew that to get to the root of what was causing me to use like this would start with the first step of stopping.”
The medication that he receives at The Journey has kept Chris off the pain medications that drove him to the brink of homelessness for close to two years, he said. He praising the work of his counselor, Alison Barber. “It’s so important to have someone express interest in your life and your feelings and thoughts and interests. When that connection happens, then you’re willing to be held accountable,” Chris said.
The Raimondo administration, Beane said, is committed to ensuring access to treatment for all those suffering from a substance-abuse disorder. To receive the center of excellence designation, a facility must offer an array of recovery services, including medication-assisted treatment, and make working relationships with other agencies.
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The Journey Certified as a Center of Excellence
We are proud to announce that The Journey to Hope, Health & Healing was certified as a Center of Excellence by the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospital. The Journey achieved this distinction because it employs evidence-based practices providing medication-assisted treatment, including Methadone, Suboxone and Vivitrol at all its clinics. The Journey was publicly recognized for this honor at the State Opioid Prevention and Intervention Task Force meeting held on Wednesday, Feb 1. The Task Force is Chaired by Governor Raimondo.
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Providence Fire Stations Connect People To Addiction Treatment
Providence Safe Stations is available for those who are struggling with substance use disorders. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, you 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.
More info at: www.pvdsafestations.com
To understand why America’s opioid epidemic keeps getting worse, just look at this map
If we don’t provide even the bare minimum in evidence-based treatment, this crisis will keep getting worse. America’s opioid epidemic keeps getting worse, with the latest data showing that drug overdose deaths in the US climbed by roughly 21 percent between 2015 and 2016 — from a record high of more than 52,000 to a new record of nearly 64,000. About two-thirds of those overdoses were linked to opioids.
To understand how this crisis keeps growing, take a look at an insightful map by amfAR, an advocacy group dedicated to the fight against HIV/AIDS. The map shows three things: the availability of facilities that treat drug addiction, the facilities that provide at least one medication for opioid addiction (marked as MAT, or medication-assisted treatment, on the map), and the facilities that provide all three kinds of medications for opioid addiction.
A Seven-Step Plan for Ending the Opioid Crisis
More treatment. Stronger oversight. And above all, bolder leadership. The opioid epidemic is now a full-blown national crisis, yet the federal government continues to dawdle. President Donald Trump declared opioid addiction a public health emergency, and he talks a tough game. But he has not taken forceful action. If he will not lead, Congress must -- and now, before the crisis grows even worse.
Opioid overdose deaths rose 28 percent in 2016, to 42,000 men, women and children. Some 2.6 million more Americans are addicted to opioids, and communities in every region of the country are suffering from the resulting trauma. Largely as a result, life expectancy declined in 2016 for a second straight year -- something that has not happened since the early 1960s.
Reuters Investigates: Helpless and Hooked...
Newborns die after being sent home with mothers struggling to kick drug addictions.
Part 1: In America, a baby is born dependent on opioids every 19 minutes. But doctors aren’t alerting social services to thousands of these infants, many of whom come to harm in families shattered by narcotics.
LEHIGHTON, Pennsylvania – Brayden Cummings turned 6 weeks old the morning his mother suffocated him.
High on methamphetamine, Xanax and the methadone prescribed to help her kick a heroin habit, 20-year-old Tory Schlier told police that she was “fuzzy” about what happened to her baby boy.
Police weren’t. In an affidavit, the officer who went to Schlier’s house on October 17, 2014, said the mother had fallen asleep on Brayden, “causing him to asphyxiate.”
Like more than 130,000 other children born in the United States in the last decade, Brayden entered the world hooked on drugs – a dependency inherited from a mother battling addiction.