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Op-Ed: Beds Readily Available for Those Seeking Help

The opioid epidemic has not gone away. As we navigate the challenges posed by this crisis, we must shed light on the importance of residential substance use disorder treatment programs and communicate that beds are readily available for those seeking help.

Substance use disorders have far-reaching impacts, affecting not only the individuals grappling with addiction but also their families, friends, and the community at large. The devastating ripple effect calls for a comprehensive and compassionate approach to tackle the root causes and provide support for recovery.

Residential treatment programs have proven to be highly effective in addressing the complex nature of substance use disorders. These programs offer a structured environment, intensive therapy, and a supportive community that plays a crucial role in facilitating lasting recovery. Unfortunately, there is often a misconception that these programs are inaccessible, too costly, or unavailable.

Our community has taken significant strides in addressing this issue. Residential substance use disorder treatment programs have expanded their capacity throughout the years, and there are currently beds available for those in need at record numbers. It is essential that we disseminate this information widely to encourage individuals struggling with addiction to seek the help they deserve.

Breaking the stigma associated with substance use disorders is a critical step in fostering a more compassionate and understanding community. By highlighting the existence of available beds in residential treatment programs, we can actively contribute to reducing barriers to treatment and encouraging individuals to take the crucial step toward recovery.

Furthermore, I urge our community leaders, healthcare professionals, and policymakers to continue their commitment to supporting and expanding these vital programs. Adequate funding and resources are necessary to ensure that everyone in need can access the care and treatment required to overcome substance use disorders. By emphasizing the availability of residential substance use disorder treatment programs, we can make a significant impact on the lives of individuals and families, fostering a healthier and more resilient community.


Robert J. Gignac
Chairman of the Board, The Megan House Foundation Inc.

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