PIKEVILLE, Ky. (KT) - Pike County had a grand opening Tuesday for one of its largest male residential drug addiction treatment centers to date, the Appalachian News Express reported.
Riverplace is located at the old Millard School, 8015 Millard Highway. It is connected to Addiction Recovery Care, which is a connection of residential and outpatient treatment centers in Kentucky. ARC currently has residential treatment centers located in Wallingford, Annville, Somerset and Louisa.
The new center will start with 32 beds, and Greg May, president of the Utilities, Management Group, told the newspaper he hopes to increase the capacity to 120 beds by January. Patients will start being accepted at the center about one week after the grand opening, and he said they plan to reach capacity, 32 patients, by Sept. 1.
May has worked to renovate the building throughout the past two years with the help of about 12 to 15 workers. When the facility reaches capacity, it will employ between 40 to 50 employees, including counselors, peer support specialists, nurses, nurse practitioners and residential staff.
May developed the idea to turn the abandoned school building into a new residential treatment center for substance abuse.
After his own brother died of a drug overdose, May said, he wanted to give back to his community, and he sought the help from the Appalachian Regional Commission and his business partner Bobby Sturgeon to make it happen.
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2017, 19.7 million Americans battled with substance abuse, including alcohol, opioids and other illicit drugs.
“This is a nationwide issue in my opinion, and our community has been hit the hardest by it,” May said, regarding substance abuse. “This is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of helping address the issue.”
The residential center will provide patients with a structured program, May said, to help them on their roads to recovery. The program includes private counseling, a recreational facility and bedroom facilities.