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7/2/2018 12:56:00 PM
LaPorte addiction treatment in demand

Lincoln Wright, South Bend Tribune

A grant-backed detox program providing free addictions treatment for LaPorte County residents saw such great demand in its first months that it has apparently run out of money for inpatient and residential care for participants.

Detox Now started in November after the Swanson Center, a mental health and addiction services facility, was awarded a $633,000 grant from the Healthcare Foundation of LaPorte. Swanson sought the grant to provide free treatment for addiction because it was a fast and more efficient way to eliminate the barriers stopping people from seeking help, said Dan Peck, executive director and CEO of the Swanson Center.

There was a lot of community interest in building a detox facility, but that could take millions of dollars to construct and get up and running, he said. With the grant, Swanson Center worked with existing community partners, including Recovery Works, a substance abuse treatment center in Merrillville, to act quickly to address people’s needs. 

In its first six months, the program had about 62 participants, Peck said. Of those, about 68 percent successfully completed the program.

Unfortunately, said Stephanie Shostok, community relations coordinator, Recovery Works, which provided inpatient and residential care for participants, stopped taking Detox Now patients at the end of May because the money was no longer there to cover the expenses. The need was too great.

From April to the end of May, she said, Recovery Works had almost 30 people come through Detox Now at a cost of about $15,000 for the Recovery Works services.

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