Black Mountain Substance Abuse Center opens July 26
The N.C. Department of Correction will hold its grand opening of its new alcohol and drug treatment center for women on probation or parole at 10 a.m. July 26.
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#1 Jul 26, 2010
We have watched the progress of the Black Mountain Substance Abuse Treatment Center for Women and are very excited that it is finally getting under way.
Women in general have been a segment of society which has been underserved for too long as far as substance abuse issues. Services for women substance abusers, who are rapidly rising in number, is very difficult to find. When this is compounded by a womens criminal history the options are fewer.
As the director of a soon to be open long term treatment program that will be able to house 50-60 women, pregnant women and women with children as well as women veterans, we pledge our support to the center.
Those women desirious of continuing treatment with the possibility of having their children with them will be invited to apply to the Women and Children FIRST program. We hope to work closely with the Black Mountain Substance Abuse Treatment Center for Women just as we do with the DART programs for men.
The issues and challenges in providing treatment for women especially those with children are many but when there are successful outcomes we all win.
We know many of the staff working at the center and they are "top notch" professional in the field.
The key is working together and having the services available. Today was a huge step in making treatment available for women particularly those women former offenders who need support and guidance.
Joseph A. Martinez, J.D
FIRST at Blue Ridge
#2 Oct 21, 2011
I knew this program was "in the works" and I am personally excited about that it is finally available. I am a senior student training to work in the alcohol and substance abuse field. During an internship I have personally witnessed a mother dropping out of treatment which she desperately needed because she did not have child care. Also, I agree that when we help women to succeed we all win.
Please support the efforts of these treatment centers. They are so necessary.
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