Mobile Recovery Clinic Provides Vivitrol To Those With Opioid Addiction

By David Konow 03/12/19

The clinic is the brainchild of a registered nurse who has been sober for 13 years. 

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For many who are living with addiction, it can be difficult to get access to help, and in some rural areas, it can require extensive traveling. Now, a mobile recovery clinic travels to these people who need help.

As CNN reports, the company behind the roving clinic—Positive Recovery Solutions—has been traveling throughout Pennsylvania in an RV, helping and treating people suffering from opioid addiction. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, overdose deaths in Pennsylvania have gone up 65% from 2015 and 2017.

In 2017 alone, there were 5,456 overdose deaths in the state, or 43 overdoses for every 100,000 people.

Positive Recovery Solutions was created by a woman named Amanda Cope, who is recovering from alcoholism. She told CNN, “I ended up being 27 years old, drinking two fifths of vodka a day to not be sick.”

Cope hit bottom when she had a blackout seizure in a bar, and she finally went into rehab at the age of 28. “Once I got there, I realized how sick I was,” she continues. “My denial was thick.”

Having the right nurse taking care of her made all the difference. “That was the first time that somebody saw me for what I was and showed me compassion and empathy… I said, 'I’m going to be that for someone one day.'”

Cope is now a registered nurse herself, and has been sober for 13 years. She founded Positive Recovery Solutions with her cousins, who also battled opioid addiction.

Cope was aware that some of her patients had to travel far to get help, which is one of the reasons why she started the company.

Patients make their way to Positive Recovery Solutions through referrals, and they use Vivitrol in their treatment program. Cope feels that the recovery process “comes from the behavioral health piece. The medication is meant, by our philosophy, to be a safety net… This safety net will keep this patient craving-free while they do the work of recovery, which is developing healthy coping mechanisms, changing behavior patterns and changing people, places and things.”

Stuart Masula, who was addicted to painkillers and got clean with the help of Vivitrol, is now driving for Positive Recovery Solutions.

As he told CNN, “I literally probably have the best job you could ever have. I get to go to work and see people who are trying to change their lives every single day for the better.”

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In addition to contributing for The Fix, David Konow has also written for Esquire, Deadline, LA Weekly, Village Voice, The Wrap, and many other publications and websites. He is also the author of the three decade history of heavy metal, Bang Your Head (Three Rivers Press), and the horror film history Reel Terror (St Martins Press). Find David on LinkedIn and Facebook.