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Prestera Center: Local help available for addictions

Feb. 08, 2013 @ 12:11 PM

Addiction-related problems are no stranger to most of us. A day does not go by when we don’t hear a news story about the effect on individuals, families, businesses, schools, communities, the state and the nation. Societal problems in the news include jail and prison overcrowding, increases in violent crimes against people and clandestine labs that manufacture drugs, to name a few.

Putnam County has experienced an 80 percent increase in prescription drug related overdose deaths since 2001, according to the state epidemiological workgroup (see the www.dhhr.wv.gov/bhhf website). Statistics don’t measure the suffering and emotional toll that alcohol and other drug problems cause to families and loved ones.  

Perceptions about the dangers of drug use are changing among young people. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse (www.drugabuse.gov), in a nationwide study of school students in 2012, tobacco use and alcohol use are declining while the non-medical use of prescription drugs and marijuana use are on the rise. Researchers suspect that national discussions about legalization and medical use of marijuana have influenced young people’s perceptions about the dangers and that has led to increased use among school age students. After all, if it’s “medicine” it must be safe. Not true! Marijuana is still illegal and still causes health problems, memory problems and motivational problems, among others. Many prescription medications are harmful when misused or used for non-medical purposes.   

When a substance abuse problem is suspected, too often, people do not know where to go for help or they are too afraid or ashamed to ask. Internet searches can reveal thousands of search results with the top search results going to programs in far places that pay to be the top search result.  Phone books are full of far away treatment programs with toll-free phone numbers that often require big down payments just to get started — and that can be paralyzing.

Not asking for help when you need it is part of the Appalachian heritage of being independent, even when it’s not the healthiest position to take. Overcoming fears, taking a chance on telling someone about problems and defeating stigma will only improve this generation and generations to come. There should be no shame in asking for help. The shame is when a perfectly good person is ruined or worse, deceased, because they have a fatal disease like addiction that was treatable but pride or stigma or not knowing where to turn for help stopped people from taking action, from coming in to see a professional, and asking for help.

Treatment is available locally, often with little or no waiting, even in Putnam County Prestera Center offers Putnam County residents access to effective mental health and addictions treatment services in Winfield and Hurricane.

Offices in Winfield are located at 3389 Winfield Road, Suite 8, on the grounds of the Courthouse Complex. Professionals are available to see new people, answer questions, provide services to children, adolescents and families, adults with depression or anxiety or more severe mental health problems or anyone with addiction or substance abuse problems. The Winfield location is taking new clients by appointment at 304-586-0670 and walk-ins are welcome Monday through Friday between 8 and 9 a.m.

Offices in Hurricane are called “Hopewell” and are located at 3772 Teays Valley Road, Suite #2. The Hopewell offices specialize in serving adults with insurance in need of addiction treatment, medication assisted addiction treatment and mental health problems like depression and anxiety or more severe mental health problems. The Hopewell office in Hurricane is also accepting new clients and scheduling appointments. Call 304-757-8475.   

Prestera Center provided mental health and substance abuse treatment to over 21,000 children, families, and adults each year. With nearly 50 locations across Boone, Cabell, Clay, Kanawha, Lincoln, Mason, Putnam and Wayne counties, Prestera Center services are accessible when and where you need them. Prestera Center has been serving the community since 1967 and is the largest behavioral health services provider in the State of West Virginia.

Kim Miller is the director of Corporate Development at Prestera. She can be reached at kim.miller@prestera.org.