Rhode Island Heroes Against Heroin

 

Rhode Island PBS No Hero in Heroin

A Rhode Island PBS Production

In an effort to educate the public about the unprecedented and alarming epidemic of opioid overdose deaths in Rhode Island, Providence’s Public Broadcasting television station, Rhode Island PBS Channel 36, recently aired No Hero in Heroin, an informational program featuring a number of behavioral healthcare specialists. A Rhode Island PBS production hosted and produced by Margie O’Brien, the forty-minute program traces the history and spread of the epidemic throughout the state, its devastating effects across all ages, social groups, and economic levels, and efforts currently underway to combat the crisis and save lives.

While the program aired, representatives from the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare manned a telephone bank at the station, to answer questions from viewers and provide resources for help and guidance.  No Hero in Heroin will air on Rhode Island PBS  WSBE 36.1, and its sister station, WSBE Learn 36.2, through April 22 and can now be viewed in its entirety on the Rhode Island PBS Web site.

Rhode Island PBS logo smallDuring the discussion, Phoenix House Rhode Island’s own Fred Trapassi, Jr., Vice President and Senior Program Director, joined Michael Fine, M.D., Director, Rhode Island Department of Health; Craig Stenning, Director, Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare; Peter Friedman, M.D., Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies; Michelle McKenzie, Director, Preventing Overdose and Naloxone Intervention, The Miriam Hospital; Jim Gillen, Manager, Anchor Recovery Community Center; and Steve Reid, Recovery Support Specialist at Anchor Recovery Community Center and former professional boxer.

Phoenix House Rhode Island has long been a leader in the fight against substance abuse.  Our Detoxification Center in Exeter provides safe, medically monitored withdrawal from alcohol and opiates such as heroin, OxyContin, and others. For those who have completed detoxification, we offer a full range of treatment services, ranging from gender-specific residential care for men and women, inpatient treatment with academic tutoring for teens, and outpatient services offered at three locations statewide. For those who have completed treatment but need a safe and supportive living environment in which to continue their journey to sobriety, our recovery housing program offers eight sober residences located in residential neighborhoods throughout the Ocean State.

If you know someone who needs help with a drug or drinking problem, call Phoenix House today at 1 800 DRUG HELP (1 800 387 4435).  We’re always ready to help.

Spotlight: Nick Sousa Goes the Extra Mile
Nick in his Marine Corps days

Nick in his Marine Corps days

Nick Sousa, Case Manager at Honor House, Phoenix House’s sober residence for veterans, feels a special kinship with vets who have been injured in our country’s service. A disabled veteran himself, Nick served with the United States Marine Corps in postings all across the globe until a serious leg injury requiring extensive surgery put an end to his military career and nearly ended his great passion: running.   Through sheer determination and strength of will, he regained his ability to run and now plans to tackle the 2014 Boston Marathon on April 21. We salute Nick’s commitment to the community and invite you to support his marathon run for Journey Forward, his designated charity.

In his work for Phoenix House, Nick shares his lessons in determination with veterans in early recovery from substance abuse, helping them make the transition into recovery housing and eventually into permanent housing. Honor House was opened earlier this year under the supervision of the Rhode Island Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependence, a Phoenix House Program. At Honor House, Nick, who is pursuing a Master’s degree in Psychology, helps veterans continue to build their recovery skills, access medical or mental health care if needed, secure employment, and reconnect with their family and friends.

The Rhode Island Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependence operates eight gender-specific recovery houses in the Ocean State, all located in quiet residential neighborhoods. Phoenix House Rhode Island’s full range of services for drug- and alcohol-troubled individuals ranges from medical detoxification through residential treatment for adult men and women, inpatient treatment with academic tutoring for adolescents, outpatient services at three locations statewide, to safe, supportive recovery housing overseen by the Rhode Island Council.

If someone you care for is struggling with addiction, call Phoenix House today at 1 800 DRUG HELP (1 800 378 4435).  We’re standing by to help.

 

2014 Run! Walk! Ride!—For the Health of It!

RWR Logo 6 FiguresPhoenix House New England will present the sixth annual Run! Walk! Ride!—For the Health of It! on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at Phoenix House Exeter Center, 251 Main Street, Exeter, R.I., 02822. This celebration of life, health, and wellness offers participants the choice of a 3K (1.8 mile) walk, a 5K (3.1-mile) run, or a 20-mile bicycle ride through the blossoming spring in southeastern Rhode Island.  Proceeds from the event support the efforts of Phoenix House New England to help individuals overcome addiction.

If you’re feeling more inclined to enjoy indoor exercise (or if the weather is less than ideal), there will be demonstrations of yoga, aerobics, and other healthy activities in the gym, as well as face painting, balloon animals, and other fun for the younger set. Fit for Recovery!, a health and wellness fair, will present information on a wide variety of important topics, including smoking cessation, domestic abuse awareness, organic gardening, and many others. A barbecue lunch with live music by the Recovery All Stars will provide time to refuel and relax, while a silent auction and raffle gives everyone a chance at great prizes. All festivities are open to the public.

Generously underwritten by Nation Wide Construction, Ursillo, Teitz & Ritch, Ltd., FGX International, and other prominent area corporations, the registration fee is $25 per participant, $10 for seniors. Additional family members may participate at $10 per adult (18+) and $5 per adolescent (12+). Children under 12 are free. To register online, please click here.

Run! Walk! Ride! supports Phoenix House’s full range of programs in Rhode Island, from medical detoxification, to residential treatment for adult men and women, inpatient treatment with academic tutoring for adolescents, outpatient services at three locations statewide, and recovery housing for those in the early stages of sobriety.

If someone you love is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, please call Phoenix House at 1 800 DRUG HELP (1 800 378 4435).  Someone is standing by to help.

Honoring our Veterans in Need

Phoenix House New England and the Rhode Island Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependence (RICAODD) are proud to announce the opening of Honor House, a permanent sober housing facility designated exclusively for male veterans of the United States military.

Honor House occupies a one-family, four-bedroom house in Pawtucket, R.I.  Veterans in early recovery from alcohol or drug abuse who have completed a stay at one of RICAODD’s recovery houses (or who have been substance-free for six months) are eligible for permanent housing at Honor House.  Residents pay a modest monthly rent, which covers all utilities, including cable and Internet access.  The house is located near a bus line and within easy walking distance of employment opportunities.

A dedicated case manager helps clients continue to develop both short- and long-term goals focused on: building and maintaining sobriety; receiving medical, mental health, and substance abuse treatment; securing employment if applicable; and reconnecting with family and friends.  Along the way, each client is fully supported by Phoenix House’s continuum of care and is able to be immediately re-admitted to treatment if necessary.

Honor House joins a number of recovery houses in Rhode Island operated by RICAODD, all of which are dedicated to providing a safe, sober and affordable living environment for individuals recovering from alcohol and/or drug addiction.  RICAODD has been in existence for more than 44 years and – in addition to providing recovery housing services – operates a 24-hour helpline for those seeking treatment for addiction.

Phoenix House Rhode Island provides a full range of services for adults and adolescents with drinking or drug problems.  Services include medically monitored detoxification, residential and outpatient treatment, education and prevention services, gender-specific treatment for women, temporary shelter for adolescents, and case management for court-involved adolescents at the Rhode Island Juvenile Drug Court.  

If you know someone who needs help with a substance abuse problem, please call Phoenix House today at 1 800 DRUG HELP (1 800 378 4435). We are here to help.

A Community Comes Together to Reduce Underage Drinking

Members of an RI prevention coalitionIn an effort to prevent underage drinking in their community, as well as the use of other illicit drugs, residents of the town of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, organized the North Kingstown Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition.  The Coalition works closely with the town’s law enforcement, town administrators, schools, and business owners to help spread a clear and consistent message about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, especially in teens.

One of the group’s important activities, Project Sticker Shock, aims to raise awareness of underage drinking by reminding adults over the age of 21 about the laws banning sales of alcohol to minors.  Members of the Coalition, including Mark Bowen, Kathy Yeager, Robin Monica, Frank Fede, and Phoenix House’s own Susan Vogl, manager of our Rhode Island Drug Court Program, have placed brightly colored stickers on multi-packs of beer and other alcoholic drinks in a number of local liquor stores.  The stickers read: “Know the law: providing alcohol to a minor is illegal. Conviction could result in fines up to $2,500 and/or up to one year in jail.”

While drinking is certainly a problem affecting adolescents, it has real implications for adults as well.  More than half of all high school age drinkers get their alcohol from adults, according to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

In Rhode Island, Phoenix House provides residential substance abuse treatment with academic tutoring to adolescents at Phoenix House Academy at Wallum Lake. Adult men and women receive gender-specific residential rehabilitation at Phoenix House Exeter Center and Phoenix House Ottmar Center, respectively. For those just beginning life in sobriety, Phoenix House provides medically monitored detoxification services, also on the Exeter Center campus. Phoenix House Outpatient Services, located in Providence, Wakefield, and Westerly, help adults and teens requiring a less intensive mode of drug treatment. Finally, men and women who have completed treatment for alcohol or drug addiction, but need a sober living environment in which to continue their recovery, can find safe, supportive accommodations at a number of recovery houses operated statewide by the Rhode Island Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Dependence, A Phoenix House Program.

If someone you care for is experiencing problems with drugs or alcohol, call 1 800 DRUG HELP (1 800 378 4435) today.  We’re ready to help!

Working with Employee Assistance Programs to Increase Access to Recovery

 

Phoenix House's John Tassoni and Fred Trapassi welcome guests to Phoenix HouseExeter Center for lunch and a tour of the Walsh Detoxification Unit.

Phoenix House’s John Tassoni and Fred Trapassi welcome guests to our Phoenix House Exeter Center for lunch and a tour of the Walsh Detoxification Unit.

On Friday, November 15, the Walsh Detoxification Unit at Phoenix House Exeter Center welcomed representatives of a number of employee assistance programs (EAPs) from Rhode Island and Massachusetts.  Guests toured the Walsh Detoxification Unit and were treated to a catered lunch in the Chester H. Kirk Gymnasium.

Employee Assistance Programs are an important benefit offered by many organizations throughout the country, with the goal of helping employees deal with personal problems that could negatively impact their job performance, health, and family.  Psychological services and substance abuse counseling are just two of the benefits that EAPs may provide. While originally designed to improve workplace performance, EAPs have evolved to help with a number of issues outside the workplace, including day care for children and elder care for aging parents.

Phoenix House New England partners with the Employee Assistance Programs of a number of organizations throughout the region, providing substance use and behavioral health care to their staff.  At the same time, Phoenix House’s Life Assistance Program provides EAP services to our own employees, including help with parenting, education, financial or legal problems, and emotional support.

The Walsh Unit, named in memory of David Walsh, a long-time recovery advocate and staunch friend of Phoenix House, is a 20-bed program accepting most insurance plans as well as self-paying clients.  Comfortable accommodations include semi-private bedrooms, well-appointed living rooms, and access to a fully equipped gymnasium on campus. The Walsh Unit’s services are complemented by RESPECT (Recovery-oriented, Empathic Services Proactively Empowering Consumers in Treatment), an innovative detoxification initiative funded through the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals.  Both RESPECT and the Walsh Unit are committed to providing safe withdrawal from substances including alcohol and opiates such as OxyContin.

By making our detoxification and treatment services better known to employee assistance programs and their users, Phoenix House aims to make treatment accessible to the maximum number of individuals in need throughout New England.  Phoenix House offers a full spectrum of recovery services in Rhode Island, including residential treatment for adult men and women, provided in Exeter and Providence respectively; residential treatment with individualized academic tutoring for adolescents in Pascoag; outpatient services located in Providence, Wakefield and Westerly, for those requiring a less intensive level of treatment; and recovery housing in locations throughout the state, for men and women in the vulnerable early stages of recovery.

If someone you love is struggling with alcohol or drug addiction, call Phoenix House today at 1 800 DRUG HELP (1 800 378 4435).  Help is just a phone call away.

 

Honoring Heroes of Recovery

 

Honorees at the Rhode Island Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependence's 44th annual awards luncheon

Honorees at the Rhode Island Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependence’s 44th annual awards luncheon.

The Rhode Island Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependence, a Phoenix House program, presented the 44th Annual Community Service Awards Luncheon on Thursday, September 26. The luncheon, which annually honors outstanding individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the Council’s work and to the field of substance abuse treatment, was attended by more than 100 guests.

Recipients of the 2013 awards include (left to right):  Christopher Herren, The Herren Project (Community Service Award); David Spencer, Executive Director, Drug and Alcohol Treatment Association of Rhode Island (Appreciation Award); Dan Jaehnig, News Anchor, NBC10, serving as Master of Ceremonies; Brandy Bates, Program Director, Phoenix House Academy Wallum Lake, accepting on behalf of Steven Robillard (Volunteer of the Year Award); Sergeant First Class Stephanie Riotte, Rhode Island National Guard (Bronze Key Award); the Honorable Patricia Serpa, Rhode Island House of Representatives (James H. Ottmar Award); and Ian Knowles, RICARES (President’s Award).

Phoenix House and the Rhode Island Council are grateful to the sponsors of the event:

Corporate Sponsorship

American Addiction Centers

American Addiction Centers

Amica Mutual Insurance Company

Dan’s Management Company

 Business Sponsorship

Roger Williams Medical Center

 Friends of the Council

Axion Business Technologies

Butler Hospital

The Honorable Frank A. Ciccone, III

Galilee Mission

The Kent Center

NRI Community Services

Operation Stand Down

The Providence Center

TWOBOLT

Vantage Point, Inc.

The Rhode Island Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependence is dedicated to helping individuals struggling with addiction by providing a referral hotline for those taking the first steps toward sobriety, and a recovery housing program, providing safe and supportive living accommodations to men and women in early recovery.

The addition of the Rhode Island Council’s programs to Phoenix House’s wide range of substance abuse treatment services rounds out the comprehensive continuum of care Phoenix House provides, leading individuals from medical detoxification through residential or outpatient rehabilitation to a sober, supportive living environment and, eventually, to independent, healthy lives.

If you are concerned about a loved one’s drug or alcohol use, please call Phoenix House today at 1 800 DRUG HELP (1 800 378 4435). Someone is always available to help.

Rhode Island Rallies for Recovery

Saturday, September 21, was a perfect day for an outdoor celebration, and Rhode Island’s recovery community made the best of the warm and sunny last day of summer.  The eleventh annual Rally4Recovery drew hundreds of participants to the Roger Williams National Memorial in Providence, and later to a special WaterFire celebration along the banks of the city’s three rivers.  This year’s rally featured the Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy, former U.S. Representative for Rhode Island, as Grand Marshal. The event also offered live music, refreshments, and a variety of entertainments for young and old, and was a national hub of this annual celebration of victory over addiction.  A highlight of the day was the unveiling of the Recovery Quilt, which annually represents the work of clients from a different Rhode Island recovery organization.

As evening drew in, the celebration moved from the Roger Williams National Memorial to the center of downtown Providence, as participants joined a torchlight parade opening the evening’s WaterFire festivities.  One of a series of regular WaterFire events held on weekends during the spring through autumn seasons, the evening featured music, torches, lighted braziers, and a stunning display of luminaria spelling out “Recovery.”

Phoenix House Rhode Island has traditionally taken a leadership role in organizing and sponsoring Rally4Recovery.  With a full spectrum of services encompassing medically monitored detoxification, residential treatment for adult men and women, residential treatment with academic instruction for adolescents, outpatient treatment for adults and teens, and recovery housing for those just beginning their lives in sobriety, Phoenix House Rhode Island provides the highest quality rehabilitation services to our clients.

If someone you love is struggling with drugs or alcohol, call 1 800 DRUG HELP (1 800 378 4435) today.  Your phone call will make all the difference in the world.

The Rhode Island Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependence Presents the 44th Annual Community Service Awards Luncheon

The Rhode Island Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependence, a Phoenix House Program, will present the 44th Annual Community Service Awards Luncheon on Thursday, September 26, at the Radisson Hotel, Warwick, Rhode Island. The luncheon, which begins at 12:00 noon, annually honors outstanding individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the Council’s work and to the field of substance abuse treatment.

luncheonRecipients of the 2013 awards include The Honorable Patricia Serpa, Rhode Island House of Representatives (James H. Ottmar Award); the Drug and Alcohol Treatment Association of Rhode Island (Appreciation Award); Christopher Herren, The Herren Project (Community Service Award); Ian Knowles, RICARES (President’s Award); Sergeant First Class Stephanie Riotte, Rhode Island National Guard (Bronze Key Award); and Steven Robillard (Volunteer of the Year Award).

Tickets to the luncheon are $45 per person.  In addition, advertising and sponsorship opportunities are available.

Sponsorship levels are:

Corporate Sponsorship ($1,000). Includes ten tickets and a full-page program advertisement.

Business Sponsorship ($750).  Includes ten tickets and a half-page program advertisement.

Friend of the Council Package ($150). Includes two tickets and recognition in the program.

To purchase tickets or sponsorships online, please click here.  For more information on sponsorship or advertising opportunities, please telephone the Rhode Island Council at 401 725 0410.

The Rhode Island Council continues to help those struggling with alcohol and drug problems. Through its Referral Helpline and Recovery Housing Program, the Council’s goal is to give those with substance abuse problems the referrals they need to seek treatment and to aid them on their path to recovery by providing safe, supportive, and affordable housing.

The Council’s recovery housing program operates a number of sober residences throughout the State of Rhode Island. These single-family dwellings are all located in safe residential neighborhoods within walking distance of public transportation. The addition of the Rhode Island Council’s programs to Phoenix House’s wide range of substance abuse treatment services rounds out the comprehensive continuum of care Phoenix House provides, leading individuals from medical detoxification through outpatient services and residential treatment for men, women and teens, to a sober, supportive living environment, and eventually to independent, healthy lives.

If you are concerned about a loved one’s drug or alcohol use, please call Phoenix House today at 1 800 DRUG HELP (1 800 378 4435). Phoenix House is always available to help.

Recovery Radio: Sharing Stories of Hope and Renewal
On the air

Recovery Radio can be heard every Monday from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. on AM 790.

Recovery Radio is an hour-long program airing every Monday from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Rhode Island’s AM790.  Sponsored by Phoenix Houses of New England, Recovery Radio is the first radio show in the Ocean State to offer useful information to men and women suffering from alcohol, drug, and other addictions.  It also features live interviews with people in recovery, who share their stories of hope and triumph over substance abuse.

The Providence Journal‘s Edward Fitzpatrick (“Fitz’s Hits,” Sunday, July 14) hailed the program as a welcome innovation in a state whose rates of illicit drug use by people ages 12 and older lead the nation.

Recovery Radio’s presenter, John J. Tassoni, Jr., is a business leader, social activist, recovery advocate, and former member of the Rhode Island State Senate, who sponsored legislation creating a high school program for teens in recovery.  He is also publisher of Common Ground, a monthly newspaper focusing on labor-relations issues, which features frequent articles on the services of its sponsors, including Phoenix House. Speaking of Recovery Radio, Senator Tassoni said, “This program gives parents who are driving home listening to the radio the information on where they can turn if their children have these issues.”

Recovery Radio broadcasts are available for download as podcasts within 24 hours of airing.  To listen to a session through the AM790 Web site, click here.

Substance Abuse Treatment in Rhode Island

The partnership between Phoenix House and Recovery Radio is bringing important information on substance use issues—and the services available to treat them—to the people of Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts.  In Rhode Island, Phoenix House provides medically monitored detoxification through two separate programs on the Exeter campus, the Walsh Unit and RESPECT; long-term residential treatment for adult men and women at two gender-specific facilities: Phoenix House Exeter Center and Ottmar Center; residential treatment for adolescent boys, with accelerated academic tutoring, at Phoenix House Academy at Wallum Lake; and Outpatient services for adults and teens at three locations: Providence, Wakefield, and Westerly.

Does someone you love have a problem with alcohol or drugs?  Call Phoenix House today at 1 800 DRUG HELP (1 800 378 4435).  We’re ready and able to help.

Whitehouse Inspires at Public Service Award Luncheon

Phoenix Houses of New England’s 2013 Public Service Award Luncheon, a tribute to Sheldon Whitehouse, United States Senator for Rhode Island, was held Monday, June 10, 2013, at the Omni Providence Hotel.  The luncheon annually honors an exceptional man or woman whose achievements and service to the community serve as an inspiration to young people struggling with substance abuse, and Senator Whitehouse’s commitment to the people of Rhode Island, and to Phoenix House in particular, is an outstanding example of dedication.  With his leadership and the support of his congressional colleagues throughout the region, Phoenix Houses of New England received funding for the development and implementation of Welligent, our electronic health care record system. He helped set the standard for excellence in the development of health care information technology and established Rhode Island as a leader in the process. This year’s luncheon raised more than $100,000 in support of Phoenix House’s continuum of services, which range from detoxification through residential and outpatient treatment to sober living accommodations.

The celebration, which began with a reception to greet and congratulate Senator Whitehouse, was presided over by master of ceremonies Dan Jaehnig, News Anchor at NBC10 WJAR.  Nearly 300 guests were in attendance, including Jack Reed, Rhode Island’s senior senator, Congressman David Cicilline, the state’s junior representative, Rhode Island State Treasurer Gina Raimondo, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, and executives from many of Rhode Island and Southern New England’s leading corporations, businesses, and professional firms.

The presentation of the Public Service Award to Senator Whitehouse was followed by moving speeches by a young Phoenix House completer and his mother, attesting to the compassionate yet rigorous care that helped him turn his life around.

Sponsors of the event included the following:

GTECH
Hinckley Allen
Patrons

The Sweitzer Family
Taco/The White Family Foundation
Champions

The Eland Family
The Providence Journal Charitable Foundation
Guardians

Dominion Diagnostics
Benefactor

Bank of America NA
Dimeo Construction
Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
Gilbane Building Company
Justice Maureen McKenna Goldberg
and Robert D. Goldberg, Esq.
Laborers’ International Union of North America
TwoBolt
Stewards

2013 New England Public Service Award Luncheon

Whitehouse-062609-18447- 0005On Monday, June 10, 2013, Phoenix Houses of New England will host the thirteenth annual New England Public Service Award Luncheon at the Omni Providence Hotel, honoring Sheldon Whitehouse, United States Senator, for his outstanding leadership and contributions to the community.

The Luncheon annually honors exceptional men and women whose achievements serve as an inspiration to young people struggling with substance abuse.  Funds raised benefit Phoenix House’s treatment, education, and prevention programs throughout Rhode Island.

The Luncheon will begin at 11:30 AM with a reception to greet Senator Whitehouse. Lunch will be served at 12:00. For additional information, please call Phoenix Houses of New England, 401 331 4250, extension 3210, or click here to register online.

We thank our sponsors:

GTECH
Hinckley Allen
Patrons

The Sweitzer Family
Taco/The White Family Foundation
Champions

The Eland Family
The Providence Journal Charitable Foundation
Guardians

Bank of America Rhode Island
Dimeo Construction
Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
Gilbane Inc.
TwoBolt
Stewards

2013 Run! Walk! Ride!–For the Health of It!

Run Walk BikePhoenix Houses of New England will present the fifth annual Phoenix House Run! Walk! Ride!—For the Health of It! on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Phoenix House Exeter Center, 251 Main Street, Exeter, R.I.  (Rain date:  April 28).  Originally scheduled for November, 2012, but postponed in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, this celebration of life, health, and wellness offers participants the choice of a 3K (1.8 mile) walk, a 5K (3.1-mile) run, or a 20+ mile bicycle ride through the blossoming spring landscape of southeastern Rhode Island.  The day’s festivities, all open to the public, also feature a health and wellness fair, Fit for Recovery!, a bake sale, and an old-fashioned barbecue with live music on the campus of Phoenix House Exeter Center substance abuse treatment center.  Proceeds from the event support the efforts of Phoenix Houses of New England to help individuals overcome  addiction.

Beginning with registration at 9:00 a.m., the cyclists will set off at 10:00, followed by runners at 11:00 and walkers at 11:30.  Fit for Recovery!, a health and wellness fair concurrent with the event, will feature demonstrations of yoga, aerobics and therapeutic drumming, as well as free information on nutrition, substance abuse screening, rock climbing, and other fitness-related topics.

The registration fee is $25 per participant, $10 for seniors.  Additional family members may participate at $10 per adult (18+) and $5 per adolescent (12+). Children under 12 are free.  Click here to register online.  Additional information is available by telephone at 401 331 4250, extension 3210.

Your participation supports substance abuse treatment in Rhode Island!

Exeter Center is Phoenix House’s flagship facility in Rhode Island, providing medically monitored detoxification for both insured and uninsured clients, and residential substance abuse treatment for adult men.  Exeter Center’s services are complemented by Phoenix House Ottmar Center, which provides gender-specific residential rehabilitation for women; Phoenix House Academy at Wallum Lake, providing residential treatment and individualized academic tutoring for adolescents ages 14 to 18; and comprehensive outpatient programs located in Providence, Wakefield, and Westerly.

If someone you love needs help with drugs or alcohol, call Phoenix House today at 1 800 DRUG HELP (1 800 378 4435).  We’re here to help, 24 hours a day, seven days a week!

Slam Dunk! Phoenix House Academy at Dublin at the Boston Celtics!

TD Garden in BostonIt was the thrill of a lifetime when the young clients from Phoenix House Academy at Dublin, New Hampshire, were treated to a Boston Celtics home game at Boston’s TD Garden on Wednesday, January 9, 2013.  This memorable outing was made possible by a generous gift from the members of The Club National, a civic organization in nearby Nashua, New Hampshire, and coordinated by Philip Francoeur, a member of Phoenix House’s Dublin-Kenne Community Advisory Board.

The excitement of attending a live game and cheering on New England’s outstanding home team was made all the keener by the Celtics’ 87-79 victory over the visiting Phoenix Suns.

Providing healthy recreational and cultural opportunities for young people in residential treatment for substance abuse is an essential factor in Phoenix House’s services for youth.  As youngsters relearn the pleasures of sober, drug- and alcohol-free leisure activities, they build their recovery skills while developing healthy pastimes which support sustained recovery.

Phoenix House Academy at Dublin is a coeducational facility providing residential substance abuse and education services to adolescents ages 14 to 18 from throughout New Hampshire.  Located on the same beautiful, historic grounds as Phoenix House Dublin Center, the Academy provides young clients with the tools they need to overcome substance abuse, get back on track in school, and go on to a healthy, drug-free future.

If you or a loved one are in need of help with drug and/or alcohol addiction, please contact 1-800-DRUG-HELP now.

Healthy Minds + Healthy Bodies = Healthy Recovery

Sledding in SpringfieldResidents of our substance abuse treatment facility, Phoenix House Academy at Springfield, along with staff members John Danielsen and Kim Fernald, took to the hills in South Hadley, Massachusetts, for a day of healthy recreation—sledding, camaraderie, fun and relaxation.  The clients enjoyed a fun-filled day sliding down the slopes, reveling the clean fresh air, and returning to the the academy for a relaxing evening warmed by hot chocolate.

Phoenix House believes that involvement in recreational and physical activity can benefit recovery by reducing the stress that can trigger relapse.  Exercise also helps alleviate boredom, which for some may be a key relapse trigger, and it may benefit teens emotionally by restoring balance in their lives and boosting their self-esteem.

Phoenix Houses of New England provides residential treatment for adolescents in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, in highly structured, family-like environments that address the full range of developmental, educational, and treatment needs of youths ages 14 to 18.  The course of treatment is individualized and may last from three to six months.  In addition to group and family counseling, youths participate in on-site education with state-certified teachers.  Relapse prevention and the development of strong support networks in the home community are emphasized during treatment.

Healthy minds and healthy bodies lead to a healthy recovery!

If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, contact Phoenix House today at 1-800-DRUG-HELP

RESPECT (Recovery-oriented, Empathic Services Proactively Empowering Consumers in Treatment)

Withdrawing from drug use requires a safe, monitored environment and expert care. Start the recovery journey today.

Located in a peaceful country setting in southern Rhode Island, RESPECT (Recovery-oriented, Empathic Services Proactively Empowering Consumers in Treatment), the state’s innovative detoxification program, funded through the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals, provides medically monitored, residential detoxification for both men and women in a state-of-the-art rehabilitation facility.  A partnership of Phoenix House, The Providence Center, and Charter CARE Health Partners, with more than 100 years of combined experience, RESPECT is committed to offering safe withdrawal from alcohol and other substances.

Patients are admitted by registered nurses 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and each is screened upon admission to determine the appropriate course of treatment by a licensed physician under the medical guidance of Dr. William M. Connell, Medical Director.

The program is staffed at all times with a team of highly credentialed licensed professionals who work closely with each client to devise an appropriate treatment plan.  The average length of stay is between four and seven days.  The program also offers an extended stay option, which may include a sleepover Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), for those who have finished detoxification but are not yet ready to face the stress of daily life.  Longer-term residential treatment is also available at Phoenix House Exeter Center, located on the same campus.  Secluded grounds and a gymnasium on the premises provide opportunities for clients to enjoy healthy physical activities.

RESPECT is complemented by the Walsh Unit at Phoenix House Exeter Center, which also provides medically monitored detoxification for insured and self-paying clients.

At Phoenix House, each individual is guaranteed the highest quality of care, delivered with professionalism and respect.  We pride ourselves on providing outstanding and accessible substance abuse treatment.  Phoenix House’s detoxification programs are accredited by CARF, a nationally recognized standard of excellence.

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RICAODD (RICAODD, Rhode Island Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependence)

Continue your recovery journey in our supportive community. At our sober living house, clients help each other build the foundation for independent living.

The Rhode Island Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependence (RICAODD), a Phoenix House program, provides recovery housing in a safe, sober, supportive, and affordable environment for individuals recovering from substance abuse.

The addition of the Rhode Island Council to Phoenix House’s programs significantly expands Rhode Island’s continuum of care, ranging from detoxification through residential and outpatient treatment to sober housing for those in the early stages of recovery.

Recovery housing is based on the belief that men and women with a repeated pattern of drug or alcohol abuse need to spend additional time after treatment in a stable environment to reinforce sobriety.  Most people will have limited success in achieving long-term recovery if they return to an atmosphere that does not support and reinforce the lessons and practices of their brief treatment experience.

RICAODD residents come from all walks of life and backgrounds.  Whether seeking a new living environment, just completing residential treatment, leaving a correctional facility, or currently homeless, the program is designed to offer individuals who have recently attained sobriety a safe, substance-free living environment in which to continue their journey to recovery.

Residents help themselves by helping each other to abstain from substances “one day at a time.”  Overseen by our Housing Coordinators, the program fosters personal responsibility, restores self-esteem and self-confidence, and eliminates isolation by creating a community atmosphere–all with the ultimate goal of helping each client transition to independent living.

Candidates for housing must be at least 18 years of age and complete an application and telephone interview.  Eligible candidates are accepted to the program as soon as a bed is available.  Men and women are assigned to gender-specific houses, all of which are located in safe residential neighborhoods within walking distance of public transportaion lines.  Each client pays a weekly fee, which covers utilities, cable, telephone, furnishings and basic household supplies.  Residents are responsible for their own clothing, medication, toiletries and dietary needs, and they may stay in the program for up to two years.  There is no minimum stay required.

RICAODD requires attendance at four Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings per week.

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year in Rhode Island!
Christmas presents

Brandy Bates, Program Director, with the Gifts Donated to Phoenix Houses of New England

Teens in Rhode Island Phoenix House substance abuse treatment programs had a Merry Christmas this year thanks to the kindness and generosity of organizations throughout the region.  The community came together and sponsored clients in the programs to ensure that each youngster’s holiday wishes come true.  Several organizations and companies in Rhode Island joined forces to bring some light and happiness to the residents of the Phoenix House Youth Shelter and Phoenix House Academy at Wallum Lake and were able to provide presents for more than 40 kids this year.  On Christmas morning, the teens at the two programs will awaken to gifts of comfort:  coats, shoes, clothing, and necessities for the winter season.

Brandy Bates, Program Director at Phoenix House Youth Shelter, played Santa Claus this year.  She spent numerous hours collecting gifts for the kids in the programs.

Phoenix House Youth Shelter at Wallum Lake provides short-term residential care for adolescent boys ages 14 to 17.  The program provides a supportive environment allowing teens to attend local schools and adjust to a safe, healthy lifestyle supported by positive reinforcement and peer-to-peer role modeling.  Phoenix House Academy at Wallum Lake offers a full spectrum of residential substance abuse treatment services for boys ages 13 to 18 and provides individualized education–a critical factor in sustained adolescent recovery.  The educational program is overseen by a state-certified teacher.  Clients have access to our state-of-the-art Learning Center and the GTECH Technology Center.

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, Phoenix House is here to help.  Call our toll free number today:  1-800-378-4435.

 

 

Christmas Spirit Abounds at Phoenix House in Dorchester!

Phoenix House Dorchester Center and Phoenix Families had  wonderful holiday celebrations this Christmas thanks to the generosity of so many!  All Phoenix House families were adopted this season–providing moms and their children with gifts and good cheer.  Families were adopted at Phoenix House Dorchester Center, our residential treatement program for substance dependent mothers and their children, and at Phoenix Families, our emergency housing program for mothers and children.  Holiday donations were made to our very special families by generous individuals, families, organizations, and other Phoenix House facilities across the region who adopted families this year!

Said Doris Brown, who serves as Program Director at both Phoenix House Dorchester Center and Phoenix Families, “For many children in our care, this was really their first Christmas season in a secure–and in the case of Phoenix House Dorchester Center–sober environment.  It just warms your heart.”

Thanks to everyone who made the dreams of mothers and children at Phoenix House come true!

Learn more about Phoenix House programs in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

Ayanna Pressley

Boston City Councilor-At-Large Ayanna Pressley Attended the Holiday Party at Phoenix House Dorchester Center and Offered Words of Encouragement to the Mothers

Adopt A Family 2012

Areesa, a Young Mother Who Recently Completed the Program, Attended the Holiday Gathering and Spoke to the Mothers With Inspiring Words

Doris Brown

Doris Brown, Program Director, Phoenix House Dorchester Center and Phoenix Families

It’s Fun to Swim at the YMCA!

Clients from Phoenix House Academy at Springfield enjoy sober, healthy exercise at the YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts.  Six days a week, the boys from the Academy are able to swim, work-out, and enjoy many of the classes and amenities available at the YMCA facility.

The Academy at Springfield, established in 2001, is a residential rehabilitation facility that provides substance abuse treatment and education to adolescent boys ages 13 to 18.

Phoenix House believes that involvement in recreational and physical activity can benefit recovery by reducing the stress that can trigger relapse.  Exercise also helps alleviate boredom, which for some may be a key relapse trigger, and it may benefit teens emotionally by restoring balance in their lives and boosting their self-esteem.

Healthy minds and healthy bodies lead to a healthy recovery!