A family gathering is always a special occasion, and as the McKenna family gathered in Exeter, Rhode Island on Saturday, October 29, their remembrance of their own champion of recovery was a memorable occasion at Phoenix House. More than 50 members of the extended McKenna Family were on hand to dedicate the Joseph B. McKenna Unit on the Phoenix House Campus in Exeter, Rhode Island. Guests included Mr. McKenna’s daughter, Rhode Island Supreme Court Associate Justice Maureen McKenna Goldberg, who serves on the Phoenix House Board of Directors in New England. Also present were Mr. McKenna’s wife of 64 years, Margaret, two sons, and two additional daughters, plus numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Justice Goldberg and her brother, Joseph W. McKenna, spoke warmly of their father and of the positive impact his recovery from alcoholism played in their whole family’s lives.
Joseph B. McKenna, affectionately known as “Joe Mac,” was a lifelong advocate of recovery in Rhode Island and deeply appreciated the recognition he received from Alcoholics Anonymous for 45 years of sobriety. Although he built a highly successful business, he never forgot that he was a child of the Great Depression, and was proud of his six years of service in the U.S. Navy as a member of the Greatest Generation.
The Joseph B. McKenna Unit provides Clinical Stabilization Services as an essential stage in the continuum of care provided at Exeter. Following the initial medically monitored detoxification process, Acute Treatment Services provided at the Walsh Unit in the same building, patients may continue their recovery at McKenna, with services designed to help them overcome Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome. A key factor in this continuum of care is the optional use of Medication Assisted Treatment, which greatly eases a patient’s transition to sobriety.
Following treatment at the Walsh and McKenna Units, patients can continue their journey to recovery in residential treatment, with gender-specific services provided for men on the same campus, and for women at Phoenix House’s James Ottmar Residence in Providence. Those who do not require residential care can receive Intensive Outpatient or Outpatient services at our two Providence locations. Once treatment is completed, recovery housing is available, with separate locations for men and women, for those who feel the need for a safe and supportive sober living environment as they adjust to independent, substance-free living.
If someone you care for is struggling with drugs or alcohol, please call Phoenix House at 888 671 9392 today. We’re always here to help!