Officials in Fort Wayne have cut the ribbon on a new drug and alcohol recovery center. Avenues Recovery at Fort Wayne, which provides community-based detox and residential substance abuse treatment programs, says the facility fills a gap in the Allen County city.
Financial terms of Avenues’ investment in the new facility were not disclosed. The organization renovated the 33,000-square-foot space that has stood vacant since 2013.
“One of the overlooked side effects of COVID-19 lockdowns has been the surge of relapses and overdoses in the recovery community,” Whitney Straight, executive director of Avenues Recovery, said in a news release. “Connection fights addiction, and we’ve all experienced far less connection than we should in the recent months. We need to have a place where people can heal in a protective setting, connect with peers in similar struggles, and receive the treatment they need to resume productive lifestyles.”
The organization says, until the Fort Wayne facility, the nearest residential drug and alcohol rehab program was two hours away. In addition to residential services, the facility will also host Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings, as well as Al-Anon family groups.