Finding the Road to Recovery

A partnership for positive change.

Earlier this year, James struggled to find Brad treatment for his addiction. Like many people, Brad began using pain medication for a legitimate medical reason, but before long he was taking more than prescribed.

By the time his doctor suspected that he was abusing his medication — it was already too late. Those around him searched for treatment options but didn’t know where to turn. Brad’s addiction continued until he eventually suffered an overdose.

With 20,000 Rhode Islanders struggling with opioid addiction, stories like Brads’ are all too common. In a state with the highest rate of substance abuse-related deaths in New England, those impacted need help finding treatment options. That’s why United Way of Rhode Island and CVS Health Foundation have come together to help people on the road to recovery.

This partnership aims to raise awareness and increase access to treatment resources through United Way’s 211. Eileen Howard Boone, President of the CVS Health Foundation, says, “We hope to make it easier for patients, family members, and caregivers to find resources in our home state of Rhode Island.”

A grant from CVS Health Foundation enables United Way’s 211 to provide addiction training to call center specialists, set up three-way calling with Anchor Recovery, and create a webpage dedicated to recovery that includes a list of addiction resources. Anthony Maione, President of United Way of Rhode Island, explains, “CVS Health Foundation’s generosity allows us to assist people affected by this growing crisis. Their dedication to the community aligns with the work 211 does every day.”

United Way’s purpose is to change lives and strengthen our communities, together — a statement that underscores the fact that lasting change can only occur when people, businesses, and nonprofits stand together. Thanks to the partnership between United Way of Rhode Island and CVS Health Foundation Rhode Island is one step closer to ensuring stories like Brad’s are no longer commonplace.

By: Jason Boulay, Communications Coordinator, UWRI