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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Staff at the Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic broke ground Thursday on the Frank and Pearl Gelbman Recovery House, an eight-bed facility that will provide a safe, sober living environment for patients as they transition from detox treatment into out-patient recovery treatment.

"If they can stay in treatment for 90 days or more, then they have a much better chance of getting recovery," said Jerry Carter, the executive director of the Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic.

Eighty-percent of the patients seeking treatment at Neil Kennedy are addicted to opiates, like heroin and prescription drugs.  Each year, roughly 900 patients are put on a waiting list for detox treatment. The hope is that as people complete that program they will be able to move into the recovery house, freeing up more space in the detox program.

"We believe we will be able to admit somewhere between 300 and 400 additional people a year," Carter said.

Patients living in the recovery house will spend most of their days attending classes and therapy at Neil Kennedy.  While recovery houses are being built across Ohio, the director of Governor John Kasich's Opiate Action Team says Neil Kennedy's treatment approach is what sets it apart from other treatment facilities.

"Neil Kennedy and Gateway are important leaders in our field and I think are pretty much on the cutting edge in terms of providing the kind of care that communities need to deal with the opiate and heroin addiction in our state," said Orman Hall, the Opiate Action Team director.

The $300,000 Gelbman Recovery House is expected to be up and running by the end of this year.
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