A Fresh Start

A Fresh Start

She walked in seeking treatment for heroin addiction. The care she found would change her life.

When Sara‡ (pictured above with her son) walked through the doors of the Emergency Department (ED) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital one night in May 2018, she turned a corner in her nearly decade-long struggle with substance use.  Homeless, pregnant, and a survivor of human trafficking, Sara, 27, arrived at the Brigham seeking treatment for heroin addiction. The care she found would change her life.

After being treated overnight in the ED, Sara was seen the next morning by clinicians in the newly opened Brigham Health Bridge to Recovery Clinic. Led by Christin Price, MD, the clinic provides immediate care for patients with opioid addiction and other substance use disorders, offering medications that help treat addiction and providing connections to the longer-term care and support services critical to their recovery. For Sara, this meant working with a trauma nurse practitioner to find suitable housing, getting set up with prenatal care at the Brigham, and returning weekly to the Bridge Clinic for follow-up visits to maintain her sobriety.

“I had been trying since I was 18 to get this help, and the Bridge Clinic gave me another chance at life. A weight has been lifted, and while I know it’s going to be a long road— for me and my baby—I have hope.” —Sara‡

Five months after that fateful night in the ED, Sara gave birth to a healthy baby boy and continues to do well in her recovery. She credits the team at the Bridge Clinic with giving her another chance at life and a fresh

This article was originally featured in the 2018 Honor Roll, which celebrates donors to Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital. Check out more profiles of patients, clinicians, and researchers that illustrate the power of transformative philanthropy at the Brigham.