Shatterproof Rappel Challenge

This year July 26th 2017 Michele, owner of Oceanside Recovery, and a few of her friends rappelled down the Hilton in Hartford CT (22 stories high) to raise money for Shatterproof, a non-profit organization which helps fight the battle against the opiate epidemic.  Shatterproof uses 100% of every dollar raised towards prevention, treatment and recovery programs.   Gary Mendell, founder of Shatterproof, lost his son to addiction in 2011.  

"A Father's Promise" 



Generation Found

Greg Williams (creator/producer) of Anonymous People continues his national awareness crusade with "Generation Found".  This documentary focuses on the lost and most overlooked population of addiction- our youth.  Faced with a growing epidemic, the Houston community creates a youth addiction recovery system.

What is Vivitrol?

Vivitrol is a monthly prescription injectable medicine used to:

  • Treat alcohol dependence

  • Prevent relapse to opioid dependence AFTER opioid detox.  You must stop taking opioids or other opioid-containing medications at least for 7-14 days before starting Vivitrol (including buprenorphine and methadone)

  • Vivitrol must be used with other alcohol or drug recovery programs such as counseling

How does Vivitrol work?

  • How Vivitrol works in treating alcoholism is not completely understood.  Vivitrol is believed to block the pleasurable feelings produced by drinking

  • Is NOT addictive

  • Does not replace or act as a substitute for alcohol

  • Is not pleasure-producing

What is Suboxone?

SUBOXONE Film is approved for use in both induction and maintenance treatment of opioid dependence in appropriate patients.*

  • For dependence on short-acting opioids, like heroin or prescription painkillers, SUBOXONE Film, which contains buprenorphine and naloxone, may be recommended to help you begin and maintain continuity of treatment
  • When transitioning from dependence on long-acting opioids, like methadone, a buprenorphine-only medication may be recommended

If a doctor/nurse practitioner qualified to treat opioid dependence prescribes SUBOXONE Film, your treatment can begin. The following are potential stages of treatment with SUBOXONE Film. Only your doctor can decide what is an appropriate treatment plan for you.

  1. Induction—you begin your treatment (or restart it if you’ve relapsed) under the supervision of a doctor. For your first dose, you must be in a moderate state of withdrawal. You work with your doctor to reach a dose of SUBOXONE Film that works for you.
  2. Maintenance—Your doctor will help you to transition to the maintenance phase of treatment when you:
    • Are no longer experiencing withdrawal symptoms
    • Have minimal to no side effects
    • Do not have uncontrollable cravings

    In the maintenance phase, you may be taking your medication regularly as prescribed. You should comply with all of the elements in your treatment plan including responsibly handling the medication, staying free from illicit drug use, and seeking counseling and/or psychosocial support.

  3. Medical taper—The decision to discontinue therapy with SUBOXONE Film after a period of maintenance should be made as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. It is important that you work with your doctor/nurse practitioner to determine when the time is right to slowly lower your dose, taking care to minimize withdrawal symptoms. Throughout treatment, you should discuss any concerns you have about relapse with your doctor/nurse practitioner.

*NEW* Sublocade: monthly injectable suboxone

Sublocade contains bupenorphine, a partial opioid agonist, and is indicated for the treatment of moderate to severe opioid  use disorder in adult patients who have initiated treatment with transmucosal bupenorphine-containing product delivering the equivalent of 8mg to 24mg of bupenorphine daily.  The patient may only be transitioned to SUBLOCADE after a minimum of 7 days.

  • prepared and administered by a healthcare provider
  • administered monthly only by subcutaneous injection in the abdominal region
  • two monthly initial doses of 300mg followed by 100mg monthly maintenance doses
  • should be used as part of a complete treatment plan that includes counseling and psychosocial support

What is a Recovery Coach?

A Recovery Coach sets the parameters of the conversation, listens and contributes observations and questions, provides a road map for success and assists the patient as a team to achieving their desired goals. A Recovery Coach accelerates the patients’s progress by providing greater focus and awareness of choices, actions, and responsibility. Recovery Coaching concentrates on meeting the client where they are now, where they want to be, and holding them accountable as a team to get there.

A Recovery Coach Is/Does...

  • A person in recovery
  • Share lived experience
  • A role model
  • See the person as a whole person in the context of the person’s roles, family, community
  • Motivate through hope and inspiration
  • Support many pathways to recovery
  • Function as an advocate for the person in recovery, both within and outside of the program
  • Teach the person how to accomplish daily tasks
  • Teach how to acquire needed resources, including money
  • Help the person find basic necessities
  • Use language based on common experiences
  • Help the person find professional services from lawyers, doctors, psychologists, financial advisers
  • Share knowledge of local resources
  • Encourage, support, praise
  • Help to set personal goals
  • A role model for positive recovery behaviors
  • Provide peer support services

A  Recovery Coach Is not/Does not ...

  • A professional
  • Give professional advice
  • An expert or authority figure
  • See the person as a case or diagnosis
  • Motivate through fear of negative consequences
  • Prescribe one specific pathway to recovery
  • Represents perspective of the program
  • Do tasks for the person
  • Give resources and money to the person
  • Provide basic necessities such as a place to live
  • Use clinical language
  • Provide professional services
  • Diagnose, assess, treat
  • Mandate tasks and behaviors
  • Tell person how to lead his/her life in recovery

Walk-in Counseling

If you need immediate help please call our 24-Hour Hotlines: (860) 701-6000 or (860) 701-6001

One-on-one, face-to-face counseling appointments are available at no charge at two locations:

16 Jay Street
New London, CT 06320

Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
(860) 447-0366 x200

241 Main Street, 2nd Floor, #102
Norwich, CT 06360

Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
(860) 447-0366 x265

24/7 Hotline