COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) has announced that the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Drug Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) will provide capital funds for recovery unit housing at the Field of Hope Community Campus (FOH) that will provide space for 14 patients and one supervisor.  The facility, the first of its kind, will treat women who are struggling with alcoholism and other drug addictions.


“I am thankful for the support demonstrated for this project, which will help us combat the drug epidemic in southeastern Ohio,” Smith stated. “Battling addiction is a significant challenge, but the expanded operations at the Field of Hope will give us yet another tool to fight addiction.”


The Field of Hope Community Campus is a 501(c) 3 non-profit whose mission is to reach the local community through various services that it offers. These services include, but are not limited to, youth outreach, assistance through its food pantry and substance abuse rehabilitation. In addition to the FOH’s rehabilitation services, the FOH offers counseling to both men and women who are seeking recovery from addiction. The FOH Community Campus is located on the former North Gallia High School property at 11821 State Route 160, Vinton Ohio and the FOH Counseling Center is currently located at the Vinton Baptist Church at 11818 State Route 160 in Vinton.


 


“When it comes to maintaining sobriety, a destructive living environment can derail recovery for even the most highly-motivated individual,” said OhioMHAS Director Tracy Plouck. “Recovery housing provides a safe, supportive environment where a person in recovery can adjust to sobriety, rebuild shattered relationships, obtain employment and seek permanent housing.”


Ohio has invested more than $12.5 million in recovery housing the past three years, adding approximately 900 new beds to Ohio’s growing recovery housing stock. Longitudinal studies of peer-run recovery homes have demonstrated that after 24 months, when compared to individuals who returned directly to their communities of origin after treatment, peer-run housing residents had significantly better outcomes. Chief among those outcomes are decreased substance use, decreased rates of incarceration, higher rates of employment and increased income.


For more information about Ohio’s recovery housing efforts, visit: http://mha.ohio.gov/Default.aspx?tabid=753

 
 
 
  
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