Addiction is a family disease. Individuals and family members don’t always know where to turn for help in the mists of the battle. CenClear’s Recovery Center will offer the support and resources they need.
BIGLER — Opioid use was already on the rise when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the nation this year, forcing people into isolation.
Isolation puts those suffering from addiction at a greater risk of using and as a result overdoses spiked 18 percent around the United States in 2020, according to NPR. Now the Recovery Center is here to help.
On Jan. 21, CenClear held a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the opening of The Recovery Center, in Clearfield, which will serve as a “hub” for community resources and recovery support.
The Recovery Center connects participants to resources that will enable them to build a solid foundation in recovery. Since it embraces all avenues of recovery, participants are able to explore what recovery means to them, how they want to pursue it, what actions they need to take and what type of support will be most beneficial to them.
“I think it is safe to say most of us know someone who has substance use disorder, or know someone who has been affected by it,” Recovery Center Director Jennifer Henry said.
“My greatest hope is people who suffer from substance use disorder, and those who love and support them, are able to find a sense of belonging and connectivity at the Recovery Center.”
Participants are able to attend peer groups led by certified recovery specialists, utilize a “Job Corner” to create a resume and apply for employment or simply stop in for a cup of coffee.
Family members, friends and loved ones have the opportunity to meet with certified family recovery specialists who understand how difficult it can be to care for someone with SUD.
Case Management Referrals and Level of Care Assessments may also be completed by the Clearfield-Jefferson Drug and Alcohol Commission.
Groups include: Life Skills, Living in Recovery, Family Support, Gratitude, Understanding Recovery, Job Club, Stress Off Your Chest and M.A.R.S. (Medication Assisted Recovery Support).
All the groups are free and open to those in recovery, family members, friends and those who support the recovery community.
The Recovery Center is open to people from all areas. The Recovery Center is located at in CenClear’s Clearfield office at 60 Industrial Park Rd., Clearfield. The phone number for the center is 814-765-1149.
The center is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Appointments are not required for the Recovery Center. The staff invites people just stopping in. Visitors do not need to be enrolled in CenClear programs.
For those interested in enrolling in CenClear addiction treatment services, referrals can be made online at https://www.cenclear.org//cms/module/selectsurvey/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=202 or by calling 814-765-1149.
CenClear was established in 1980 to provide Head Start services in Centre and Clearfield counties and has worked closely with local school districts and communities ever since to ensure that preschool is available to as many children as possible.
CenClear realized all the issues children faced in preschool couldn’t be resolved in a classroom setting. At the time there were limited options for young children in need of mental health services so CenClear began offering mental health services to all ages. Mental health issues sometimes lead to drug and alcohol issues so it began offering these services as well.
Today, CenClear offers mental health services to children, adolescents and adults and drug and alcohol services in numerous counties in Pennsylvania. CenClear’s administrative office is located in Bigler, Clearfield County.