Treatment options expand with new building

Ground breaking held for Neil Kennedy Center

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Changes at the Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic in Youngstown will help more people overcome drug addictions. A ground breaking held on Friday is only the start of the changes.

When people decide to seek help to overcome addiction, experts say it’s important to have treatment options available. The Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic is trying to accommodate patients with a new building and out-patient treatment program. Ground was broken Friday for the Gelbman House. The center will help alleviate wait times and accommodate more patients.

“Treatment is often treatment denied because people don’t relapse while they are waiting,” said Executive Director Jerry Carter. “Instead of taking up beds in this facility for people who need that extended kind of care and supportive treatment environment, it will free up beds for people to come in for detoxification.”

The eight-bed housing unit, along with a new outpatient program, will allow the clinic to treat up to 400 more people every year, a crucial step to meeting the needs of those suffering from addiction in the area.

“There are many communities that are struggling with getting people into treatment,” said Orman Hall, Ohio Department Mental Health and Addiction Services. “I suspect the vast majority of communities are not able to provide treatment at the point of contact, which is a big problem.”

Th­­­­e $300,000 building will be complete later this year

The Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic also operates an eight-bed recovery house for women. That building has been open since 2005.

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