Senator Whitehouse Announces Comprehensive Legislation at Phoenix House New England

Friday, February 19th, 2016

whitehouseatpodiumIt was a tremendous honor for Phoenix House New England when U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse chose Phoenix House Residential Services for Women, located in Providence, R.I., as the site of his announcement of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. His visit to the James Ottmar Residence, which provides residential treatment for women, on Thursday, February 18, celebrated a major step  in combating the opioid addiction epidemic, which has ravaged the entire country for years, with New England at its epicenter. Following the announcement by the Senator and a short speech from Congressman David N. Cicilline, co-sponsor of a similar bill in the House, three women who have received treatment at Ottmar House shared their own courageous stories of recovery, adding moving personal testimony to the importance of the bill.

This far-reaching, bipartisan legislation was co-authored by Senator Whitehouse, a Democrat representing Rhode Island, and Senator Rob Portman, a Republican from Ohio. The bill, a comprehensive response to the epidemic of opioid and heroin addiction, includes prevention, law enforcement strategies, increasing the availability of naloxone (Narcan) to address overdoses, expansion of evidence-based treatment, and support for those in, or seeking, recovery.

Phoenix House New England provides a broad continuum of treatment and recovery services.  From medically monitored withdrawal and step-down services, through residential programs for women, men, and adolescents, to outpatient treatment and recovery housing, Phoenix House Rhode Island addresses the full range of substance use related issues.

If someone you love needs help with a drug or alcohol problem, call Phoenix House today at 888 671 9392.  We’re always ready to help!

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