Smithfield, R.I. – John Tassoni, president of The Sentinel Group, announced his company is launching a new television program, “Recovery TV,” which will air on local channels on Sunday mornings. “Recovery TV” will be a pre-recorded 30-minute show that features host John Tassoni discussing the issues pertaining to the addiction epidemic, along with information and guidance on services that are available.

Recovery TV will air on Sundays at 11:30 a.m. on Providence’s CW Channel 9 and 9:30 a.m. on MY RI TV on Channel 15. Both are affiliates of WPRI TV Media group in Rhode Island.

Recovery TV comes at a time of a deepening crisis in Addiction crisis, Behavioral Health crisis and the Pandemic. Opioid overdose deaths along with suicides have continued to steadily rise over the last several years. Last year, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, opioid-related deaths are estimated to have increased to nearly 90,000, almost double the previous year, according to a Washington Post report. In Rhode Island, accidental drug overdose deaths went up by 25 percent, according to official state estimates.

“’Recovery TV’ will shed light on the ongoing epidemic of drug and alcohol addiction, along with mental health issues, which continues to have a profound impact on our local communities,” Tassoni said. “This show will discuss the issues surrounding this crisis and provide real information and meaningful guidance to help those seeking recovery.”

In addition to “Recovery TV,” Tassoni is the publisher of Common Ground newspaper, which focuses on issues that affect the labor community. He also is the past host of “Common Ground Radio” and “Recovery Radio,” which won a national award from the mental health community. Tassoni has partnered with The Substance Use Mental Health Leadership Council of RI to ensure that critical issues adversely affect community members are brought to the forefront. Tassoni has over 30 years of experience in the private sector and labor community. He served as a senator in the Rhode Island General Assembly from 2001 to 2012.