KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In response to the national opioid crisis, Recovery Centers of America (RCA) announced it has partnered with Wicked Sober to provide intervention, support, and family services to individuals and their families struggling with substance use disorders.
Since 2003, heroin use in the U.S. has nearly tripled, prompting the approval of an extra $94 million in federal funding for addiction treatment across 45 states. In 2015, Massachusetts saw an 8 percent increase in unintentional opioid overdose deaths, claiming 1,379 lives in total. That number represents a steady influx, with 2014 marking a 41 percent increase in unintentional opioid deaths, the greatest surge in the last decade. In Massachusetts, the current gap between those seeking help and available facilities is staggering. While about 50,000 people enter detox each year, there are only 3,000 beds available for next-step treatment.
RCA is transforming the way treatment is delivered through its centralized community-based centers of addiction medicine designed from research indicating sustained recovery is more likely when patients stay connected to and supported by family and friends while building other, ongoing support networks. RCA provides the finest individualized inpatient and long-term outpatient treatment programs to those suffering from drug and alcohol substance use disorder. To serve the Massachusetts community, it is opening a 90-bed facility in Westminster and a 210-bed facility in Danvers.
“RCA shares our vision of offering treatment in an environment conducive to recovery,” says Mike Duggan, certified intervention professional and founder of Wicked Sober. “Addiction is a chronic illness, and too many facilities in the field attempt to treat it acutely by stabilizing patients and releasing them with no follow up care. The clinical team at RCA understands the importance of the entire continuum of care, including case management services and long-term patient follow up to ensure the best chances of meaningful recovery.”
Founded and based in Massachusetts, Wicked Sober helps those struggling with drugs and alcohol through its relationships with facilities offering customized treatment options. The organization provides personal experience and direction from certified interventionists; free consultations for families of loved ones, friends of the addict or alcoholic, or the addict or alcoholic themselves; and assists patients in locating the best treatment program for them using its rehabilitation center network. The support patients receive from Wicked Sober motivating them to begin treatment is vital in a state where the average wait to enter rehab is 19 days, and can last up to 10 weeks.
“Since its inception, Wicked Sober has worked with families and individuals seeking assistance with treatment options, resources and support. Mike and his team have demonstrated true care and compassion which aligns perfectly with RCA’s mission and values,” says Brad Greenstein, chief executive officer of New England Center for Addiction Medicine. “In addition, the organization has developed innovative partnerships and programs with local coalitions, public safety and other agencies to address the opiate crisis we are experiencing in Massachusetts. The Wicked Sober Drop-in Center we are planning for our location in Danvers is just one example of how public and private partnerships can address community challenges at a higher level than a one-sided approach. We look forward to helping those struggling through Wicked Sober’s services and 1-800-RECOVERY.”
Through this partnership, RCA joins the battle Wicked Sober has waged in communities against the nation’s bourgeoning opiate epidemic. Wicked Sober works in task forces with first responders including police and fire departments, EMTs, and health and human services organizations to assist those with substance use disorders enter treatment through its several intervention programs.
RCA’s integrative, evidence-based approach to treatment addresses all barriers to recovery: physical, mental, social, spiritual, family, and medical. Its Neighborhood Model features centralized, community-based recovery campuses, and the RCA OnePlan provides individualized comprehensive treatment plans to meet every patient’s unique needs.
If you or a loved one need help call 1-800-RECOVERY or visit www.1800recovery.com now.
For information and advice, please visit Wicked Sober at www.wickedsober.com.
About Recovery Centers of America
Based in King of Prussia, PA, Recovery Centers of America is the finest provider of inpatient and outpatient drug, alcohol and substance abuse treatment, advocating for some 22.7 million Americans suffering from behavioral health and substance use disorders. The company, which is opening treatment centers throughout the Northeast, is transforming the way treatment is delivered in an industry in desperate need of change. Recovery Centers of America’s neighborhood-based centers for addiction medicine are designed based on the latest scientific research that indicates sustained recovery is more likely when patients stay connected to and supported by family and friends, while building other, ongoing support networks. By allowing patients to receive treatment in an atmosphere more akin to a college campus with Starbucks-like appeal, Recovery Centers of America helps overcome the stigma of addiction and its treatment, which is essential to meaningful recovery. For more information dial 1-800-RECOVERY or visit www.1800recovery.com.