In response to the opiate epidemic and the staggering number of drug overdoses and deaths this year, Lifeline Recovery Support Services was formed to help save lives and help individuals suffering from substance use disorders (SUD) find long-term recovery.
By combining traditional drug treatment with Peer Recovery Support Services, our program connects addicted individuals in varying crisis situations with a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist that works hand in hand with them through the entire recovery process – from initial intervention through clinical treatment to the desired goal of long-term recovery.
The Concept for Lifeline Recovery Support Services
was inspired by a successful pilot program launched by the State of New Jersey in 2015. The program deploys Peer Recovery Specialists to the emergency department for a bedside intervention after an individual is reversed from an opioid overdose. Lifeline Recovery Specialists are trained to use shared experience to meet the person in crisis where they are at and reach them at a defining and critical moment. The success and positive outcomes of the program gained the acknowledgment and support of Governor Chris Christie, local law enforcement, and both hospital and clinical staff, as more individuals found their way to treatment and onto recovery from active addiction with the help of Peers.
What we now realize
is not only does Peer Recovery work to help more addicts find a new way to live, but that the need for the service is far greater than we initially imagined. The opioid overdose population is just a piece of the epidemic. Thousands of addicted individuals are arrested and hospitalized every day in the State of New Jersey and around it’s many counties. Many people are suffering with addiction to a variety of substances, not just heroin, including benzodiazepines, cocaine, and alcohol.
Lifeline Recovery Support Services
takes the concept of peers sharing their recovery experience with other peers, which has been the cornerstone of addiction and recovery for decades. This has opened it up to hospital networks all over the state as well as within the law enforcement community, as we partner with local municipalities to fight the epidemic together. We serve as a central location for hospitals and municipalities to reach to when they have anyone in need of an intervention. Our Certified Peer Recovery Specialists are available day and night to deploy and assist with placement into drug treatment as well as to work one on one to act as a motivator, mentor, guide and advocate.