WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – The first freestanding detox center in Trumbull County starts treating patients on Tuesday.
First Step Recovery Center, 2737 Youngstown Road S.E., said its 16-bed facility will be full by Thursday. Men and women being treated at the center will start of with an assessment from the medical team and start the detox process.
Counseling is a big part of the process too. First Step recovery officials said they don’t want families to worry about the price tag for getting treatment.
“Don’t worry about the money. Call us. We have a lot of options for that. There are county funds available. We also have a navigator here provided to us by the state and we can get them on the insurance that they qualify for. Probably Medicaid,” First Step Recovery owner Tom Dailey said.
Dailey said 85 percent of its admissions are for heroin and opiate problems.
Dailey has worked in the recovery field. He said the wait list to get into clinics in other counties was five to six weeks with hundreds of people on the list.
“It is really something I was unable to wrap my head around,” Dailey said.
Congressman Tim Ryan, D-Niles, was at the facility on Tuesday and said the heroin epidemic in Ohio is happening all across the country.
“So many families don’t know what to do, So to have a facility where they are going to be taken care of, they have a room, showers, access to food, counseling, all the things that they need, I think relieves a lot of the burden for the family,” Ryan said.
First Step Recovery medical director Dr. Joseph Lydon said beating addiction is a process.
“I tell patients it is a lot like cancer. We can’t ever erase it completely. What we can do is by treatment, we hope to get it into remission,” he said.
First Step Recovery also bought the property across the road and officials plan to use that as an outpatient treatment facility. Construction on that should take no longer than six months.