North Country detox, rehabilitation facility opens


LI THE CHAMPLAIN VALLEY FAMILY
CENTERS NEW DETOX AND
REHABILITATION FACILITY IS NOW
OPENED IN SCHUYLER FALLS,
BRINGING MUCH-NEEDED ADDICTION
TREATMENT SERVICES TO THE NORTH COUNTRY.>>THE GOAL OF THE AGENCY AND MY
OWN PERSONAL GOAL IS TO BE ABLE
TO GIVE ACCESS TO TREATMENT WHEN
PEOPLE ARE ASKING FOR IT. LIZ: IT SEEMS LIKE A SIMPLE
REQUEST, BUT IN ORDER TO TAKE
THE FIRST STEP ON THE ROAD TO
RECOVERY ANYONE SUFFERING FROM A
SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDER HAS TO
FIND, AND GET ADMITTED TO, A DETOX FACILITY.>>AND THE ONLY PLACE TO GO FOR
THAT DETOX WAS ALBANY, UTICA,
SYRACUSE OR EVEN FURTHER. LIZ: BUT NOW THAT’S NOT THE
CASE. THE CHAMPLAIN VALLEY FAMILY
CENTER’S RECOVERY CAMPUS HAS 18
BEDS, FOR PEOPLE GOING THROUGH
THE PAINFUL WITHDRAWAL PROCESS.>>IT’S A TIME WHEN A PERSON IS
FEELING VERY, VERY SICK, VERY
VULNERABLE AND OUR BUILDING AND
OUR STAFF ARE COMMITTED TO
HELPING PEOPLE GET THROUGH THAT
VERY DIFFICULT PROCESS. LIZ: PROGRAM DIRECTOR RON GARROW
SAYS PATIENTS ARE ADMITTED ON A
VOLUNTARY BASIS, AND, AFTER
SUCCESSFULLY GOING THROUGH DETOX
AND STABILIZATION, THEY’RE
REQUIRED TO DO THEIR OWN LAUNDRY, AND COOK THEIR OWN FOOD
IN THE STATE OF THE-ART KITCHE
THIS, TO HELP THEM ESTABLISH
DAILY ROUTINES, BEFORE GOING
HOME. AND WITH THE HELP OF CLINTON
COUNTY SOCIAL SERVICES, GARROW’S
STAFF WILL MAKE SURE EVERY
CLIENT HAS A SAFE ENVIRONMENT TO
GO BACK TO ONCE THEY’RE
DISCHARGED. GARROW SAYS IT’S A STEP IN THE
RIGHT DIRECTION.>>I HAVE SEEN TOO MANY PEOPLE
DIE FROM THIS HORRIBLE DISEASE,
THIS OPIOID EPIDEMIC IS A TRUE
KILLER AND REALLY, WE WANT TO
SAVE LIVES. LIZ: WORKING TOGETHER TO MAKE
RECOVERY A REALITY IN THE NORTH
COUNTRY. OFFICIALS HOPE TO BE SEEING
THEIR BANCFIRST PATIENTS HERE BY
THE MIDDLE

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