Gloucester Initiative Reaches Milestone with 55 Participants — Advanced Recovery Systems Signs on as Partner

Gloucester Police Department Press Release

Gloucester Police Department
Leonard Campanello, Chief of Police
197 Main St.
Gloucester , MA 01930

For Immediate Release

Friday, July 17, 2015

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003

Advanced Recovery Systems Partners with the Gloucester Initiative


ANGEL Program Has Now Placed 55 Participants Into Treatment

GLOUCESTER — Police Chief Leonard Campanello and Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken are pleased to report Advanced Recovery Systems, based in Florida, is joining the Gloucester Police Department’s ANGEL Initiative.

As of Friday morning, 55 people have been placed into treatment programs by the Gloucester Initiative since June 1, when the program began. 

The ANGEL program allows people who suffer from addiction to turn over their remaining drug supply and paraphernalia to the Gloucester Police Department without the threat of arrest. Those in need of help are put into treatment programs as opposed to jail cells. The policy went into effect last month in an effort to address a growing opioid epidemic and to reduce the number of overdoses in Massachusetts. Click here to view the official police policy document.

“Our effort to change the way we handle addiction continues to grow every day,” Chief Campanello said. “It is with the assistance of honorable organizations like Advanced Recovery Systems that we are able to help all those who come through our doors looking for help.”

“We are so excited to welcome Advanced Recovery Systems to the Gloucester Initiative,” Mayor Romeo Theken said. “Their support allows us to continue supporting those looking to make a positive change in their lives.”

Chief Campanello and businessman John Rosenthal have launched The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) — a new nonprofit organization created in response to Gloucester’s revolutionary drug addiction program and the immediate positive feedback from local, state and national organizations.

“We are thrilled to support an organization that is being proactive in solving this country’s addiction and drug abuse problems,” said Allison Walsh, VP of Business Development for Advanced Recovery Systems. “It is an honor to collaborate with PAARI and the Gloucester Police Department and provide treatment for those individuals motivated to change their lives.”

About Advanced Recovery Systems:

View their video tour here

Advanced Recovery Systems’ mission is to equip patients with the tools they need to be successful in recovery by integrating the highest quality of care and evidenced-based therapeutic models in their treatment programs around the country.

They currently have two facilities open, with three more scheduled in the coming months that offer addiction, substance abuse, eating disorder and co-occurring mental health treatment for adult men and women. Their services consist of detox, residential, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient care. Advanced Recovery Systems’ properties include: