AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Every day, addicts all across the Mahoning Valley are asking for help. There are so many calls that they often find themselves waiting a week or more for a bed.
There are just a few dozen detox beds available in Trumbull and Mahoning counties. On Monday, Braking Point Recovery Center in Austintown will add 13 more.
But operators say they still get more calls than they can handle from people wanting help.
“We’re already getting phone calls now of people who want to be here,” Breaking Point Treatment Center Owner Ryan Sheridan said. “They’re not court-ordered, they’re not being forced into it, they want help.”
Braking Point will have 13 beds available for detox. After the first week, patients move to outpatient treatment. The Austintown center plans to open another residential program in about three months.
Owners hope that recent expansion plans at existing facilities will add to long-term success for those wanting to escape drug and alcohol addiction.
The First Step Recovery Center in Warren recently finished a 32-bed dormitory for longer-term treatment, which is already full. The Neil S. Kennedy facility in Youngstown, work is finishing up on a 16-bed facility as well.
“We had eighty calls on Monday and Tuesday of this week of people wanting to get in,” First Step Recovery Owner Tom Dailey said. “We have sixteen detox beds, so there’s five weeks worth of people right there, just calling this week on two days.”
Since First Step Recovery Center opened in May, they’ve helped 500 people fight their addiction.
“We need more time to get stability in their life, and to add structure, and to get them away from that routine that they were in, prior to coming to us,” Dailey said.