Vigo Co. - Before now those seeking help in recovering from opioid addictions would have to travel as far as Indianapolis for treatment. This spring they will have an option for recovery in Vigo County.
Western Indiana recovery Services will open its door for treatment this spring at 88 Wabash Ct. in Terre Haute.
The facility is a partnership between the Hamilton Center and Sagamore Medical Recovery Services.
Methadone and behavior counseling will be the treatment plan.
"Methadone treatment has been around now for over 50 years. It has been proven to be very very effective for people who follow through with the program," says Dr. Randy Stevens, Physician.
Although the drug shows results in cutting down on withdrawals, it brings with it controversy.
"It is an opiate itself. But that in very structured, controlled environments where you actually are being dosed properly, it actually does away with the cravings and desires for illicit drugs like heroine," says Dr. Stevens.
Some are hesitant to support methadone treatment due to the fact that there is a chance that the patient will not be able to completely wean off of the drug.
"Some people have to stay on it for many years. It is same like someone will have to stay on insulin for long period because their condition requires that," says Dr. Eshen Mahmood, Hamiltion Center Chief Medical Officer.
The Hamilton Center says that the partnership with Sagamore was essential in building what they consider an effective program to provide help to those seeking a long lasting recovery.
"The importance is time. We are trying to minimize our learning curve by having the people who already know, been there done that, they will bring all that research and experience and we will implement it here," says Dr. Mahmood.
Serving 20 counties during a nation wide opioid crisis, the Hamilton Center says that this type of facility has been a need for a decade.
"Hopefully we will be able to provide them the treatment they need and we can stabilize this epidemic in our community," says Dr. Mahmood.
Officials from the center say there is no definite length of time for the treatment program.
It can take between 3 to 6 weeks to get to appropriate dosage of the methadone and then based on other factors, like how much damage has been done by the addiction, will decide how much treatment the person may need.
The opioid treatment facility will also accept Medicaid patients, a benefit that many other recovery services that also provide methadone, do not do.