As the number of COVID-19 cases in the state of Rhode Island rises, the Anchor Recovery Community Center reminds the public that critical resources remain available to anyone, including those with substance use disorders.
“During this public health crisis, we want those who are some of the most vulnerable in our community to know that help is still available, and that they can stay firmly on their path to recovery, by reaching out to us. The Providence Center’s Anchor Recovery team has worked tirelessly to develop innovative ways to address the needs of the recovery community, during this especially stressful time,” said Deb O’Brien, president and COO, The Providence Center.
During the health crisis, to ensure the safety of its team and those it serves, Anchor Recovery Community Centers are closed to the public. It has, however, developed the following solutions to continue providing peer recovery coaching services to those who need it.
The Anchor Recovery Community Center’s phone line will remain open, so recovery coaching services may be accessed by the public, by calling (401) 889-5770. Peer Recovery Specialists will be available via telephone between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. During off-hours, calls will be forwarded to a dispatch line, and a coach will return calls in a timely manner. Current members will continue to receive one-on-one support from their coaches via telephone.
Also, for the time being, group meetings will be offered through a conference call line. Anchor Recovery is currently holding group meetings Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. through 1 p.m.; Mondays (Medication Assisted Recovery) at 11 a.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays (Mens Group) at 11 a.m.; and Wednesdays and Fridays (Womens Group) at 11 a.m.
“Anchor remains a mainstay for the recovery community, and has for over a decade. I want our community to know we are still here for them, if not in person, by phone. Our staff is ready to take your call every single day with a friendly voice, and an offer of support and hope. We will all get through this, in part, by helping one another,” added O’Brien.
Anchor ED is also working closely with all hospitals throughout the state to develop protocols that will allow those hospitalized for a substance use related issue to engage with a recovery coach.
Safe Stations resources have not been impacted, and will continue to operate as normal, at all Providence Safe Stations locations.