WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Trumbull County is an area hit hard by the heroin epidemic, but it offers recovery housing to help those struggling with addiction stay and thrive in recovery.
First Step Recovery, a treatment center in Warren, hosted a legislative round-table on Thursday about how to improve recovery housing. The center hopes to gain the support of legislators in funding its effort.
“I think we need to look at it with the urgency of drowning. We need to develop this continuum,” said Ted St. John with First Step Recovery.
The county believes recovery houses are a crucial step to keeping people in recovery after detox.
“Stepping them into recovery houses is giving them structure, supervision, going to meetings and the help that they need so they won’t relapse,” said April Caraway with the county’s Mental Health and Recovery Board.
Trumbull County is paying two months’ rent for people entering one of the nine accredited recovery homes on its list.
“Trumbull County’s Mental Health and Recovery Board really has been a leader in the state in breaking ground for investing in recovery housing,” said Lori Criss with the Northeast Ohio Recovery Housing Alliance.
Now the Alliance wants to take what works and make it even better.
“Our experiences have been that…even though there are national and state accreditations, there’s not a system for holding these houses accountable for their managing and practices, and that’s what they’re seeking to do,” said Cindy Woodford with First Step Recovery.
This is the first of several meetings with the goal of gaining legislators’ support.