The sad event, in addition to the fact that New Jersey has the purest heroin in the country, alerted the group to the need to urgently tackle the menace.
The group recently formed an alliance with the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s office, the municipal police department and two hospitals in the county to offer an addiction recovery coaching program. With the program, the police departments can now put addicted individuals in touch with trained coaches that can encourage and guide addicts into treatment and recovery. This is similar to programs run by rehab centers in Florida such as www.luxurybeachrehab.com.
Following Narcan administration after an overdose, patients are usually sent to the hospital, where treatment options are deliberated on. However, with the support of City of Angels, the individuals will now get help from a recovery coach.
This is an important step for recovering addicts as they will be able to receive emotional support and begin the recovery process. The new collaboration also allows officers to offer the services of a recovery coach to just about anyone- not just those that have been administered Narcan.
With this type of collaboration, the relationship between addicts and the law enforcement agencies will see a boost. The officers in the County will no longer use arrests as a way of dealing with the heroin menace. The new coalition comes at a time when it has become clearer that the face of addiction has changed. Anyone can be an addict today. The fact that they don’t have to tell anyone that they are suffering means they can mingle into everyday life without being detected.
This is why City of Angels is encouraging as many of persons as possible to step forward and help others as well, with many of the trained coaches as one time addicts.
Some of the former addicts who have turned coaches, began their recovery more than 3 years ago. City of Angels helped them to overcome difficulties in stopping the drug abuse and today, some of them are up to 17 months free and are recovery coaches.
Many of them have a strong desire to help other people to change their lives in the way that was changed by the recovery program and the new collaboration is a good way to do that.
During the official kick off, the police reiterated the fact that they understand that some of the people they encounter are having the worst days of their lives and this is an opportunity for them to provide assistance- helping them to come out of the experience for the better.
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened." - Matthew 7:7-8