LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A first-of-its-kind opioid treatment program held an open house to educate the public.
Limestone Health offered tours of the facility to the community and treatment providers.
In 2017, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb announced five new opioid treatment centers were to open in counties considered under served areas.
Tippecanoe County was one of the undeserved areas.
As we previously reported in June of 2018 the Limestone Health Opioid Treatment Center opened in Lafayette.
The regional director of opioid treatment programs said addiction can be tough.
"No one woke up this morning and said that I want to become addicted to drugs," said D.J. Rhodes.
Recovery is possible. Treatment is possible. Addiction is a disease.
After visiting the one-of-a-kind opioid treatment program that was the message being preached.
"No matter where you're at in your life or no matter where you're at in your stage of recovery you have resources there," said Indiana's Opiate Treatment Manager, Tony Toomer.
Limestone Health boasts resources such as medication, physicians, counseling, and therapy.
The opioid treatment program accepts walk-ins, medicaid and anyone who needs help in recovery.
"Recovery really isn't a straight line up because it has some ups and downs along the way," said Regional Medical Director of Limestone Health, Dr. Jonathan Butler.
Along the way patients receive Methadone as a way to curb their appetite of addiction, but it takes more than medication to fuel recovery.
"The medication along with the behavioral therapy and the combination produces a better effect," said Toomer.
Physician Jonathan Butler agrees with Toomer.
"Medicine by itself isn't the solution," said Butler. "If any medicine was going to be a solution we would have found it a long time ago."
More than 150 patients visit Limestone, but the treatment program is licensed for 500.
The regional director says he is always willing to help the patients that walk through the door no matter their circumstances.
"Every case is completely different," said Rhodes. "You can't sit there and say one person is like another person. Every case is completely different."
Limestone Health opens at 5:30 a.m. during the week and 6 a.m. on the weekends.
You can find the treatment center on 4705 Meijer Court.