VINTON — Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted and Rep. Ryan Smith, along with a host of other state offices represented were present in Gallia County for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the Recovery House – a 16 bed live in facility for the recovery of drug-addicted women at the Field of Hope Community Campus.
The Recovery House is the newest addition to the Field of Hope Campus, and is the largest step forward yet. The facility, which is a 46-acre campus, was first intended for this use 10 years ago. The asbestos was suspected to need $1 million to remove, the roof was leaking and falling in in some places, and the property was in severe disrepair due to neglect. Through the hard work of many, the old North Gallia High School is now set to receive its first tenants in one month.
“The Recovery House is complete and ready to move in. All we have left to do is finish hiring our staff and training our staff, we expect to be in in the next month” said Kevin Dennis, CEO for Field of Hope. “We already have some ladies signed up for Recovery House, and we have some more spots still open. Women can call our counseling center at 740-388-8454 to get help and sign up.”
The facility is equipped to offer group and individual counseling, work skills and life skills training, in order to facilitate recovery from substance abuse.
Secretary of State Jon Husted gave a speech on the need for facilities like Recovery House in Ohio.
“I was inspired by its faith based mission. As I’ve watched people struggle with addiction in all forms, faith based programs are the ones that work the best” stated Husted. “They tap into people, to realize that their’s is a mission and purpose in life that is bigger than them. They may have lost every friend in the world, but there is still somebody that still loves them – the Lord.”
Husted explained in greater detail to those present the need for faith in recovering from addiction. Throughout his travels across Ohio and meeting numerous people struggling with addiction, those that have success over it are ones that have found their faith.
According to Smith, extensive funding has come from the state for programs like this. The new building was funded through a $500,000 grant from the state.
“We have tried to build out the treatment facilities around the state because there was such a dearth of available treatment,” said Smith.
He also explained that because of the addiction problem in Ohio, the recent state budget included $20 million to expand treatment options, particularly in rural areas like Gallia County.
“When I started campaigning in 2012 I realized how many grandparents are raising grand kids because of the drug problem, and how pervasive it is,” stated Smith. “And its only gotten worse since then.”
He felt that it is the biggest challenge the state currently faces, and requires action from all areas of the community.
Local leaders also expressed their excitement for the new option to help treat addicts and provide recovery. Gallia County Commissioners have been working alongside Field of Hope to earn further grants and promote Field of Hope. Sherriff Matt Champlin and Prosecutor Jason Holdren stated they welcome a local institution that will help remove the draw for drugs into Gallia County.
“From a law enforcement perspective, recovery is a big thing. Our primary objective right now is stopping the flow of drugs into Gallia County, and we also know that we’ve got to have resources available for those wanting to get help,” said Champlin.
Drug addicts also cause other crimes affecting the community, and treating them is an improvement for everyone, explained Champlin.
“There’s a saying in our house. If you want to find yourself, lose yourself in service to the Lord,” stated Husted to the 100-plus in attendance. “Faith based programs like these work because God is able to change people.”
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