The Forrester Center
29 Apr

Recovery Coaches Added to Spartanburg ER

Recovery Coaches Added to Spartanburg ER
Spartanburg Medical Center’s ER adds recovery coaches to help those struggling with addiction.

Three full-time and one part-time peer recovery coaches staff the ER station at Spartanburg Medical Center in shifts from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m., seven days a week. The program started about two weeks ago, making it the third such service in the state.

A peer recovery coach embedded in the emergency room as part of a fledgling program run by the Forrester Center for Behavioral Health and Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.

“That ability to connect and understand addiction on a personal level is what Forrester Center Executive Director Sue O’Brien said makes the new Hospital Peer Navigator Program such a powerful tool.”

The opioid crises is huge! Fentanyl deaths reported in Spartanburg County have more than doubled in two years, according to a recent report from the Coroner’s Office, from 18 in 2016 to 38 in 2018.

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