Canton Treatment Center Celebrates 40 Years With Expansion
by Betsy Jibben, Reporter
August 04, 2013 9:39 PM
The Keystone Treatment Center in Canton is celebrating 40 years this weekend.
The facility first started as an adult unit, treating alcoholism and has since been treating other types of addictions. But now they have more than just an anniversary to honor. They're celebrating expansions to the center, set to open this fall.
Sheets of paper scribbled with names hang on tree branches outside the Keystone Treatment Center in Canton, symbolizing former patients and their road to recovery.
But over the weekend, the faces behind those names came back to celebrate the center's 40 year anniversary.
"Twenty-thousand people have gone through here and the majority of them are living a good life," said Executive Director of Keystone Treatment Center Carol Regier.
Over the last four decades, the center has discovered that the need for their services keeps on growing. Executive Director Carol Regier says some of it has to do with a certain trend. More middle-aged women are abusing prescription drugs as well methamphetamine.
"Through the years we have had a big increase in the number of women that has sought treatment. Particularly we see them abusing prescription drugs in our area of Oxycotton and Hydrocodone," said Regier.
Regier says to treat those people, they often times need help right away, which unfortunately, doesn't always happen.
"It's hard on my staff if someone wants to come into treatment and they're in trouble and they are physically ill and we have to say that we're full," said Regier.
In order to help as many people as possible, Keystone started an expansion project.
The center is getting a new wing, specifically for women. There the women will have 22 more beds. Offices for counselors, nurses stations and a group room will also be built inside.
"We saw this need for women. Our beds were full a lot of the time. We're going to more gender specific treatments so the women and men can be in separate groups and treatments," said Regier.
The new wing will then free up space to separate the older men from younger men.
"We will have a unit for young men ages 18 to 24. That's going to be a real strong component for us too because their needs are different. Someone who has used chemicals as a teenager or child, their skills as you need as a young adult have been put on hold," said Regier.
Now those patients will no longer have to wait.
Regier credits the center's success to the strong support from the community.