The Bowen Recovery Center in Fort Wayne celebrated its one-year anniversary of helping those with opioid addiction by offering an overview of the work the facility has done over the past year.
Kurt Carlson, Bowen Center president and CEO, told an audience, July 30 that over 500 patients had been treated by the center, with 330 of those patients currently receiving methadone treatment. Carlson added that the center was treating more than just Allen County residents, as about 22% of patients lived outside the county.
This far-reaching impact vision was what convinced Warsaw-based K21 Foundation and its president and CEO, Richard Haddad, to back the recovery center.
“This is truly a regional solution,” Haddad said. “It’s so easy to say we’re going to just take care of ourselves … and it’s just not enough anymore … we’re seeing a real movement to regionalized thinking and regionalized solutions. And this facility really represents that.”
The region, like other parts of the country, is facing an opioid epidemic.
Despite the controversy often attached to methadone treatment, the center’s medical director, Dr. Carolyn Greer, stands by the practice as a way to help with the physical ailments attached to addiction and withdrawal. The goal, she said, is for patients to reach abstinence, to get help and stay alive before it is too late.
Greer also stressed that the center goes beyond just soothing the physical pain of addiction. Patients receiving regular treatments are expected to take part in group or individual counseling or other activities that seek to address the underlying causes for addiction. Greer pointed out that many of the patients at the recovery center were also using outpatient services at other Bowen Center locations.
“At the end of the day, people are going to do better that’s our only goal,” Greer said.