Villa of Hope, a human service agency based in Greece, recently received $2.14 million to build a medically supervised withdrawal and stabilization treatment home.
This will be the first community agency-run inpatient center of its kind in Monroe County to treat adolescents and offer specialized post-detox programs.
Youth like Tyler, 18, experienced the benefit of Villa of Hope’s drug intervention programs. He was a resident at Live in Freedom Early House on the Villa’s Dewey Avenue campus, and credits the program with his recovery.
“When I was a teenager, I started hanging out with new friends and abusing drugs,” he said.
Marijuana, alcohol and prescription medications were followed by trouble with law enforcement.
“I was told by a judge I had to go to LIFE House, but it was the best thing,” Tyler said. “It gave me a chance to get sober and learn new ways to live a healthy and successful life.”
Tyler is clean and sober today, is working and has college plans. He wants to become a hip-hop artist in the future. If that doesn’t work out, he wants to go to college, major in counseling, become a therapist and work with youth at Villa of Hope.
The new grant gives Villa of Hope another opportunity to change the lives of youth in the community, ages 16 and older. The new home will serve patients in Monroe County who are struggling with addiction and previously had to seek treatment outside of the county.
The new facility will offer short-term — five to seven days — medical inpatient treatment focused on physically stabilizing patients who are stopping the use of alcohol and/or drugs. This 24-hour facility will offer structured, around-the-clock treatment programs under the care of physicians, nurse practitioners, psychiatrists and licensed therapists.
After completing withdrawal, patients will continue treatment in other programs such as the Villa of Hope outpatient clinic and/or residential and group home programs.
This award comes at a time when opioid use is at an all-time high, and the numbers of overdoses and deaths due to substance abuse are growing daily. In 2017, 32 percent of residents seeking services had to travel outside of Monroe County due to a lack of bed availability at this level of care — 1,700 people.
“Individuals and families seeking help should not have to travel outside of Monroe County to find it,” said Christina Gullo, president and CEO of Villa of Hope. “We need to eliminate barriers and stigma to get people the help they need, when and where they need it. Drugs are killing our friends, neighbors and young people; they are killing our communities. We all need to step up and take on this challenge.”
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