Two new opioid treatment centers offer hope for Columbus drug addicts

COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Two new opioid outpatient treatment centers are taking root in the Mount Vernon Avenue neighborhood.

The Neighborhood House, located at 1000 Atcheson Street, has partnered with WellHQ to provide those services. The opioid recovery clinic opened last week.

“It is no question that this is an epidemic that needs to be addressed,” said Charles Wheeler, President and CEO, The Neighborhood House, Inc. “It’s in our community and has been for a long time.”

The services are long overdue and come at time with the heroin crisis is reaching epidemic levels.

Sunday, Columbus police and paramedics treated 11 people from the east side for overdoses, including two people who died.

David All is president and co-founder of WellHQ. He said the collaboration with The Neighborhood House began in January of this year. Since opening their doors, counselors have been busy getting people into the program.

“We have a program that is six months long. It’s intensive outpatient therapy. We have two month increments and its tiers down, “said David All.

Clients can receive medication assistance to help with withdrawal symptoms. They also go through 15 hours of treatment a week.

Not far from Neighborhood House, Al Edmondson is working on a solution. He is leasing out the space next to his barbershop to Eden Counseling Center of Powell. Edmondson’s charity, “Making a Difference”, has been serving the Mount Vernon Avenue community for years.

“If they want help they can get it. There are no excuses not to get a job, not to get mental health treatment. Also, if you got anything you’re struggling with, you can come here and talk to a counselor for free, “said Edmondson.

Edmondson said services should begin in September once the space is renovated for office space and treatment rooms.

WellHQ serves patients insured through Medicaid and those who are uninsured. They can be reached at (614) 252-4941. Visit their website at www.wellhq.com

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