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Treatment

Strategic Goal: To develop successful treatments for drug abuse and addiction, to expand existing successful treatment facilities and to improve treatment accessibility.

 

Objectives :

1.      Seek out and find appropriate treatment options

2.      Promote the development/expansion of existing services

3.      Establish a referral system for individuals seeking help

4.      Promote treatment and recovery success stories in our area

5.      Improve financial accessibility to services

 

 Introduction: 

Because there are many underlying, complex factors for drug abuse and addiction, the Berkeley County Recovery Resource Center acknowledges the need for comprehensive approach to treating this devastating disease. Treatment services and recovery are not one size fits all (medically assisted, peer based counseling, faith based, etc.). Providing multiple options for individuals can lead to better success for recovery. 

Priorities:

Expanding services for long-term counseling programs

1.      Expanding transitional housing

2.      Promote career opportunities for people recovering

3.      Develop a centralized information system

There has been a stigma associated with drug and alcohol abuse for years. Addiction is a disease. Those suffering from addiction are not bad people. They struggle just like people suffering from other diseases. We have a moral obligation to provide proper services for everyone. Someone struggling with drug and alcohol addiction may feel like recovery is an impossible process. The Berkeley County Recovery Resource Center will initiate a Speaker’s Bureau that will be led by members of the recovery community.  

Expanding services for long-term counseling programs

As of January 1, 2015, West Virginia had less than 500 treatment beds. This includes detox, 28-day, short-term and long-term treatment beds. Considering that approximately 152,000 West Virginians have a substance abuse problem, this is a recipe for disaster. Berkeley County and the state need more readily available options and services for treatment and recovery. The waiting list for all facilities is months long. When someone is ready for treatment, time is of the essence. It is all about the moment. If one who is asking for help cannot access services, all hope is lost.   

The Berkeley County Recovery Resource Center is working diligently with area legislators to secure funding to create new treatment facilities. Also, because not everyone suffering from addiction has the ability to leave a job and family for a long-term recovery program, there is a need for intensive, long-term outpatient services. Partnerships need to be discussed for such programs. 

Expanding Transitional Housing

Transitional housing is an important step in the recovery process. We have an obligation to ensure that transitional living environments do not victimize those in recovery. Transitional living environments should include the following basic standards: 

1.      Professional support

2.      Education services

3.      Stable living environment

4.      Low cost

5.      Minimum health and safety standards

The end goal of all transitional housing facilities is to help the resident become a productive member of society. 

The Berkeley County Recovery Resource Center plans to partner with local investors to provide affordable buildings and land for transitional housing. This will require us to partner with union workers, private organizations and others to remodel or build housing that meets basic health and safety standards for those in long-term recovery. We will also explore the possibility of bringing additional proven, reputable transitional housing specialists into the area. We would like Berkeley County to create a model that can be duplicated throughout the state for transitional housing.  

Promote career opportunities for people recovering

One of the biggest obstacles that a person in recovery must face is the stigma associated with their addiction. This becomes amplified when searching for employment. On the other hand, employers in our area have a difficult time finding workers who can pass a drug test. The Berkeley County Recovery Resource Center will work with labor and business leaders to create a “recovery safe zone” for employees, reduce the stigma associated with those in long-term recovery and provide opportunities for education and employment. 

Develop a Centralized Information System

The Berkeley County Recovery Resource Center began talking to those on the front line of addiction about what was needed. It became increasingly clear that a real-time database of resources in our community was needed. Individuals, faith-based communities, first responders and family members may not know what services are available to help those suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. For this reason, a real-time, easily-accessible database needs to be available for information sharing and distribution.  

 

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