ARAD makes changes to treatment and recovery center; set to open soon

ARAD makes changes to treatment and recovery center; set to open soon (Photo by Kendra Hall ABC 7).

A non-profit called Amarillo Recovery from Alcohol and Drugs (ARAD) had hoped to open a new treatment and recovery center in June, but it is now set to open in January.

They initially planned for it to be a 30-day program, but in the last year or so they have worked to change the format to be client-centered.

They say they want it to be individually focused depending on what each patient needs.

Now, they just need to finish construction and get licensed.

Until ARAD's comprehensive treatment center opens, there is nothing like it in the Texas Panhandle.

Organizers say this is big for the community and will fill an important need.

"It means greater availability of resources and more options for care," said Martha Burkett, Director of Comprehensive Treatment at ARAD. "Also that if they're somebody that meets criteria for in-patient, residential stay, they don't have to leave their home and their family to go do it."

She says that with this type of care, crime tends to go down. She says there is a connection with substance abuse and domestic violence, drunk driving, robbery, assaults and other crimes.

"There's really a great cost benefit to the community, both financially, but also in terms of emotional and social cost of families and that kind of thing," said Burkett. "So having rehabilitation available is going to be really helpful I think."

Wednesday night, ARAD hosted a volunteer meeting for people interested in volunteering when they open in January.

"Amarillo hasn't had any in-patient treatment," said Zachary Regan, interested in volunteering. "Everything they have is out-patient or like NA or AA. Not to take away from any of those organizations, but This area has a really bad drug problem and I think it's about time that we try something else."

Regan attended the meeting to learn more and possibly get involved. He is 11 years clean and sober and says this area is in need of a facility of its kind.

"If you want to continue to ignore it like I feel like this area has... they have kind of neglected it, then the problem isn't going to get solved. It's going to get worse," Regan said.

Anyone who wants to volunteer with ARAD when it opens is asked to contact them and check the Facebook page for information.

They are also asking for people to donate financially.

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