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Fundraising Campaign Underway For Proposed Addiction Treatment Facility

Reported: Mar. 27, 2014 6:00 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 27, 2014 11:32 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Kennie Bass) -- A $10 million fundraising campaign is underway, to build West Virginia's first residential treatment facility for addiction.

"We felt that there was a need for a state of the art treatment facility," Rick Otten, Board Chairman for the T-Center, said. "Both for residential, family and outpatient services that was sorely missed in the state of West Virginia."

Otten says recent statistics show that drug overdoses now kill more West Virginians than car accidents. While there are a few treatment facilities in the state offering seven-day programs, backers said the T-Center would be unique, with longer treatments to deal with detoxification, extended care, family and therapeutic living programs.

The T-Center's development director knows firsthand the difference these types of facilities can make. He said he's a recovering addict who has been in similar programs.

"You know I can say from personal experience," Jim Wilkerson, Development Director for the T-Center said. "That had this facility been in West Virginia there's no question I would rather have been treated in West Virginia that traveling outside the state. And the benefit of that is that my family could have been part of my recovery."

Wilkerson said the closest facilities offering extended addiction treatment are in Pittsburgh and Greensboro and that having the T-Center in Charleston would be easier both on clients and their families. The board chairman said he thinks many people will want to support the venture.

"Vitually everybody agreed that this was a facility that was needed to help the people of the state of West Virginia with this problem," Otten said. "And what was really interesting, virtually every one of those people related a person story as to how their family, their business had been negatively affected by the problems of drug and alcohol abuse.:

If the funding campaign is successful, Wilkerson is hopeful the T-Center will be completed by late 2016.

The search for the facility's home continues. The group is checking out secluded property sites to give future clients as much privacy as possible.



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