Local Events

Here you can learn about events happening in our state focused on overdose prevention.

Recovery Month and WaterFire

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of SAMHSA proclaiming September as Recovery Month, WaterFire Providence has embarked on the ambitious task of hosting a WaterFire lighting in collaboration with Rhode Island’s Rally4Recovery and our Department on Satur-day, September 14. For the 30th anniversary, Rally4Recovery and WaterFire are combining to host one event.

The Providence Rally4Recovery, always held on a Saturday in mid-September, typically hosts 6,000 – 8,000 guests over the course of the four-hour celebration. However, when combined with the WaterFire lighting there could be up to 100,000 people attending the WaterFire4Recovery to hear the message of recovery!

All Rally4Recovery Dates

September 7, 2019 – Warwick Opening Rally

September 14, 2019 – Providence Rally/WaterFire

September 21, 2019 – Bristol Rally

September 28, 2019 – Newport Closing Rally

Don’t Miss COAAST’s Upcoming Performances!

Save the date for the upcoming performances of Four Legs to Stand On: A Community Intervention by the therapeutic drama organization, Creating Outreach About Addiction Support Together (COAAST). Performances will take place at the Teatro ECAS Theater, 57 Parkis Ave., Providence.

Act I: Four Legs to Stand On: A Community Intervention, September 10; 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Act II: Four Legs to Stand On: A Community Intervention, October 1; 630 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Recovery Re-Imagined Work Readiness Training Program

September 3rd at the Courtyard Marriot Hotel, 55 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick

Skills RI is partnering with Platform to Employment to recruit candidates for this free, three-week training designed to prepare unemployed individuals who have been directly impacted by the opioid crisis to re-enter the workforce. Participants will learn effective communication, networking skills, resume writing, and more. Stipends are available at $25/day and $500 upon completion. To learn more, email Duncan Ermer (dermer@skillsforri.com) or call 401-680-5974.

How To Use Narcan To Save Lives: Drop-In


When & Where:

Every Fourth Thursday of the Month
Anytime between 6:00pm and 8:00pm
Woonsocket Harris Library
303 Clinton Street
Woonsocket, RI

Participants in this training will learn:

  • How to reduce the risk of an overdose.
  • How to recognize and respond to an overdose in order to save a life.
  • How to access and administer Narcan (Naloxone).
  • What protections exist with the Good Samaritan Law.
Training and information about opioid addiction will be provided.
No registration is required. This site is handicap accessible. If you have any questions you can call the WPC at 401-301-2894. For more information, please refer to this flyer. We also have the information in Spanish.


Do you have a loved one struggling with substance use or who is lost in the throes of Addiction? Whether your child is actively using or you have lost a child to addiction, join us, as we come together to support one another through this journey of hope.


St. Thomas Episcopal Church
322 Church Street, Alton, RI

When & Time:

July 22 – 5:30-7:00
August 12 & 26 – 5:30-7:00
September 16 & 30 – 5:30-7:00

October 7 & 28 – 5:30-7:00
November 4 & 25 – 5:30-7:00
December 2 & 16 – 5:30-7:00

St. Matthias Recovery Ministry

Do you sometimes feel that you don’t know where to get help for alcohol and drug addiction or related issues? Are you looking for information and support about how to get help for your family and friends? Do you desire to talk to someone about how to cope with family and friends who struggle with drugs and alcohol from a Catholic perspective? Do you have questions about how your faith can help you with recovery?

The St. Matthias ministry provides information and referrals for treatment and support, as well as one-on-one support as available.

Masses for Those in Recovery

Masses for those in recovery provide an opportunity for people to come together in faith to encounter God’s love and grace with special prayer intentions dedicated for recovery. If you or loved ones struggle with alcohol, drugs, addictions, mental distress, or support folks who suffer from the effects of these issues, we encourage you to attend.

St. Barnabas Church
1697 East Main Road, Portsmouth @ 5pm

Sunday, July 28, 2019
Sunday, October 27, 2019

St. Kevin Church
333 Sandy Lane, Warwick @ 5pm

Sunday, August 25, 2019
Sunday, November 24, 2019

Hope & Cope Support Group

Hope & Cope is a faith-based support group intended for those supporting a family member or a friend struggling with alcohol, drugs, addictions and mental distress. The Hope & Cope groups meet to pray, reflect, and if desired, to share their stories, feelings, and experiences with the group.

St. Barnabas Church, Chapel Meeting Room
1697 East Main Road, Portsmouth

Sundays 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

No Costs! No registration needed! Just come…

July 21, 2019
August 18, 2019
September 15, 2019

October 20, 2019
November 17, 2019
December 15, 2019