Southern Ohio has been focused on attacking the epidemic of addiction to prescription drugs and heroin over the past several years. As a result, the Health Recovery Services (HRS) Southern Ohio Treatment Center recently opened in Jackson, Ohio. Jackson County, near the epicenter of this crisis of drug abuse, overdoses and crime, is a logical location for the addiction treatment facility.
Funding for the new treatment center is coming from the Governor's Office of Appalachia and ODADAS. The center will offer counseling and medication-assisted therapies as vital components of effective treatment. According to Executive Director Joe Gay, Ph.D., "The physical addiction is important but not the only component to be addressed for recovery. Other components include a drug using lifestyle, habits, attitudes, loss of spiritual values, motivation and effective means of problem solving. These, along with underlying psychological problems, have to be addressed through counseling, education and training." All of these components will be addressed through the new program.
Health Recovery Services has provided addiction treatment in southeast Ohio for the past 38 years, and now operates outpatient offices in six counties. The Medical Director of the new facility will be Peter Rogers M.D., a Board Certified Addiction Medicine specialist with more than 25 years of experience in Addiction Medicine.
The new facility is located at 120 Twin Oaks Drive, in Jackson and began assessing clients on April 2.
For more information and resources on prevention and treatment of addiction to prescription drugs and other opiates, visit www.dontgetmestartedohio.org or go to http://www.ada.ohio.gov/public/Default.aspx.