Staff from LifelineED, our Opioid Overdose Recovery Program, are activated by a local hospital to provide recovery support services for individuals treated with Narcan (Naloxone) as a result of an opioid overdose.
LifelineED services can only be initiated by hospital providers. Services include:
- Support for individuals upon discharge from the hospital with follow up phone calls and supportive services.
- Linking individuals to treatment and recovery services.
- Providing education to members of the community on overdose, prevention, and on obtaining Naloxone, a drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose when administered.
- Providing additional resources to individuals interested in recovery and their family members.
Upon discharge from the hospital, a LifelineED Recovery Specialist is available to introduce individuals to the program and offer 8 weeks of follow-up recovery support. The LifelineED Navigator can meet with the individual within 24 hours of discharge to provide linkages to recovery resources including treatment, shelter assistance, and transportation. The goal of LifelineED is to help people stay engaged in recovery.
Volunteers are needed to support and empower individuals on the path to recovery who are being supported through our LifelineED program. Recovery Specialist Volunteers will travel to hospitals in Camden City to provide advocacy, non-clinical assistance, and recovery support for individuals reversed from an opioid overdose. The Recovery Specialist will provide follow up for 8 weeks via phone call and some in-person meetings to guide survivors and ensure that recovery is possible. The volunteer will communicate with staff to assist the survivor in accessing resources needed to initiate and maintain recovery.
Volunteers will be on-call for at least one 12 hour shift each week (2 or more preferred). Available shifts are Thursday night through Monday morning. We ask that volunteers commit to at least one year of service.
Volunteers must have:
- Associate's Degree preferred. High School Diploma or equivalency required
- Minimum of two years' experience in the guiding principles of recovery that assist individuals to improve the health and wellness and live a self-directed life.
- Knowledge of community and statewide treatment and recovery options.
- Ability to travel to hospitals in Camden in 30 minutes or less.
- Comfort using technology, especially tablets and smartphones.
- Personal cell phone.