In April of 2016, Eva's Village launched the Opioid Overdose Recovery Program (OORP), placing Recovery Coaches on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and on-site to offer support and recovery services to patients who have been reversed from opioid overdoses at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson. The coaches, who are themselves in recovery from addiction, provide peer-to-peer advice, counseling and guidance to help patients and families connect with recovery services in their community, with follow up for a minimum of 12 weeks after discharge.
Naloxone (Narcan), a lifesaving nasal spray that counters the effects of opioid overdose, has saved hundreds of lives in New Jersey. But many reversed survivors are trapped in a cycle of repeated drug use and may not receive the necessary treatment and recovery support services in emergency rooms. This program is the vital next step in ensuring these individuals are able to access services to help them maintain long-term recovery.
The program, which is part of Governor Christie's "Facing Addiction Task Force Initiative," is one of several pilot programs in the state of New Jersey and the first of its kind in Passaic County. Expansion is planned to three other area hospitals this year.
In 2014 over 765,000 New Jersey residents were admitted to a treatment program. In comparison to other state agencies, Eva's Village recovery programs consistently outperform the state average in the percentage of clients successfully completing treatment plans.