WATCH: Substance Abuse Council Hosts Open House at New Treatment Facility
SAN ANGELO, TX – After 5 years of fundraising, community support, and 6 million dollars, the Journey Recovery Center has been completed. On Friday morning, the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council of the Concho Valley held an open house of the new facility.
“We are presenting the community with a new place of hope for those that need help with their addiction, that need to get their lives back,” said CEO Eric Sanchez.
The Journey Recovery Center will help the community of the Concho Valley by expanding the number of individuals the center can help in the battle against addiction. The new center has 30 rooms for males, 30 rooms for females, and 12 detox beds. ADACCV's previous capacity was a total of 38 beds, split into Sara’s and William’s House.
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Detox beds are a new and vital tool that the center is excited to debut. They will be especially important in helping indigent patients begin their detox and continue their treatment program in a specialized facility.
“[Detox beds] are filling the gap with a crucial component of detox for the indigent, the uninsured and the underinsured, that’s just been unavailable to them for many, many years.”
Detox helps stabilize patients and allows them to safely and comfortably remove toxins from their body. After about 5-7 days the patient may be ready to begin the transition to residential treatment.
The new facility will also allow mothers who have children under the age of 5 to stay with them as they undergo their treatment. While not every female patient may bring their children when it “is safe and appropriate" moms can have their children at the center. The intensive residential treatment program is designed to help mothers by addressing specific issues like nurturing, healthy bonding, and child disciple with parent/child labs.
The center offers an activity building, dining room, men and women’s wings and a laundry room for each section. Each wing also has a community room that allows patients to interact with each other, watch TV and participate in different activities. The women’s community room also hosts an extension that will be used as a children’s community room.
The Journey Recovery Center is hoping to open their doors very soon as it is ready but as Sanchez explains, “the funding needs to catch up with their goals.” They are currently working with the State of Texas, the Health and Human Services Commission, looking into offering private pay beds, and working with insurances to assure that people of all economic levels have access to the treatment they need to battle their addiction.
Running the Journey Recovery Center can be an expensive endeavor and the staff of ADACCV asks the community to pray for those that battling addiction and all the staff that work hard every day to make dependence on drugs a thing of the past for patients. Monetary donations are also welcomed, and Mr. Sanchez urges the community to remember that a donation of even $5 can make an impact when everyone joins together to raise funds for a worthy cause.
Donations can be made online at adaccv.org, at the ADACCV offices, and during annual fundraising events held throughout the year.
Social works students, students working on their chemical dependence license, and counseling students will also have the opportunity to be a part of the center by volunteering or interning at the Journey Recover Center as they work to complete their degrees.
“We can save lives together. People that are desperate to get away from addiction, misery, suffering, and death that it brings,” said Sanchez, “This is a safe haven and refuge. A place where they can come and get the help and the hope they need to get their lives back.”
Journey Recovery Center is in the process of obtaining necessary licenses from the Health and Human Services Commission and hopes to be open for patients next month.
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