The Journey to Recovery Community Center in Newport recently added a new stopover for someone on track toward deliverance from drug or alcohol dependency. It’s a “social detox” pilot program that provides people a place to stay. Social detox is when someone is trying to stop using substances and is experiencing discomfort, but that discomfort is not life-threatening. It serves as a new option between emergency medical care for someone experiencing physical impacts from drug and alcohol addiction and a longer-term in-patient setting where the dependency can be addressed. For someone to be eligible, he or she must first go to North Country Hospital and be medically cleared for life-threatening symptoms. In addition to the safe place, the detox space also allows for the client to learn of other support services that are available through recovery center partners.
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