A new substance abuse treatment center is opening on a defunct former Navy base near Charleston, West Virginia.
Highland Hospital CEO Cynthia Persily announced that the hospital’s plans for the space are underway.
The Highlands at Sugar Grove, will treat patients men and women for substance use disorders.
The Highlands at Sugar Grove is one of the new clinics to open across the state in recent years. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported that more than 80 substance abuse treatment centers were operational in 2010 to treat opioid addiction.
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Public Health’s 2017 study reported that there was a nearly 50 percent increase in fatal overdoses between 2001 and2015.
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention recently reported West Virginia as a state with increasing overdose rates.
The large naval base will be remodeled and include a sober living community.
Outdoor programs will be a specialty, given the base’s location. Such activities may include archery, softball, and other team sports as well as hikes, yoga, and therapy sessions.
Reopening the base will bring jobs back into the Pendleton county.
The Highlands at Sugar Grove will open in summer 2018.