By LOU WILIN
How serious of a drug addiction problem does Hancock County have? It recently added a third outpatient treatment center. Within months, one of the other outpatient programs will add a residential treatment center.
Choices Behavioral Healthcare, which opened in March at 222 Center St., is treating 75 people for opiate (painkiller) addiction on an outpatient basis, program Director Angy Shaferly said. It clearly is meeting a demand. Its parking lot was full on Thursday morning.
A Renewed Mind, at 1624 Tiffin Ave., Suite B-1, offers counseling and medication-assisted treatment for opiate and other addictions. It opened in October 2013 and looks to grow to 40 to 60 clients by August, said Jennifer Cataline, program manager.
By January, Century Health, a longtime Findlay outpatient program, will add a residential treatment center, where up to 12 addicts will stay for at least three months, at 2627 Crystal Ave. It will serve those with addictions to alcohol and other drugs besides opiates.
Century Health’s planned renovation of the Crystal Avenue building, formerly a kitchen and bathroom showroom and health care offices, has been known for months.
Century Health does not yet offer medication-assisted treatment for opiate addiction, but it plans to, said Tina Pine, executive director. Medications like soboxone can only be prescribed by a physician with a special license, she said.
When Century Health has a client it thinks could benefit from medication assistance, it refers him to one of the other agencies.
Medication assistance “is not always the answer for everyone,” Pine said. “It has to really be an individual decision and evaluated as to whether or not that method of treatment and intervention is what would be best for the individual.”
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