New Addiction Recovery Center in McKenzie County Provides Much-needed Services to Northwest North Dakota
MCKENZIE COUNTY, ND – The Summit Silver Creek Center is a former men’s camp that has been turned into a place where people with drug addiction can find help.
“It feels really good (to be open). We’re getting great feedback and I think the residents are very comfortable, very happy and happy to be here, ”said Executive Director Brenda Owen.
Staff keep residents busy with many activities, including hiking and attending church services. The goal is not only to help residents overcome drug addiction, but also to stay there when they go out into the world.
“It takes not only the physical part, but the mental part as well, and it’s a big process that we’re doing here. It’s a really big mental healing that they have to go through, ”said Rose Buford, Silver Creek Administrative Specialist.
The center can only accommodate 16 people at a time. Executive Director Brenda Owen says that number allows them to take Medicaid, which is very rare in the state. Because of this, people from all over North Dakota have come here to ask for help.
“We have them from Bismarck, Mandan and Devils Lake,” Owen said.
Silver Creek has already started partnering with various organizations to help residents get the help they need.
They have only been open for three weeks, but have seen the process produce positive results among residents.
“Some take it pretty quickly, some are almost immediate that they feel like they’ve taken the first six steps in the first two days,” Buford said.
Owen said residents stay for about three to six weeks, or as long as it takes them to feel comfortable in the real world.
Owen added that they hope to add other services in the future, such as occupational therapy and speech therapy.
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