Many people struggling with addiction in Northern Michigan are suddenly losing their providers.
Patients with the Hope Network Center for Recovery are learning that they will no longer receive services.
The decision to close their clinics relates to challenges of staying running during the pandemic.
The network says they plan to close the doors to all of their treatment centers by May 20th.
This includes their offices in Grand Rapids, Petoskey and Traverse City.
But there are still plenty of options out there.
“Although we are a smaller community, we still have a lot of resources and anyone can reach out, they can contact Addiction Treatment Services, they can contact other agencies, Munson Behavioral Health and there’s community resources through the 12-step programs,” says Paula Limpinski, Chief Impact Officer for Addiction Treatment Services.
More than 100 people die every day in the United States from opioid drug overdoses.
Twenty-two people died in Grand Traverse County alone from drug-related deaths in 2020, according to the Western Michigan University School of Medicine Office of the Medical Examiner.
Addiction Treatment Services in Traverse City has helped more than 1,500 people just this past year.
“A lot of us, including myself, are in recovery, so you’re going to speak to people and work with people who understand and are either professionals in the field or who have been through it themselves,” says Limpinski.
They offer unique solutions for those uncomfortable with asking for help.
“We actually provide a number of Telehealth services where it allows you to remain in your own home, but partake in services that might be new and overwhelming,” says Limpinski.
Asking for help is a sign of strength and progress and they encourage anyone struggling with addiction to pick up the phone and call them.
“If you just have a question, we will walk you through that, we will walk you through the process, it doesn’t have to be a scary thing,” says Limpinski. “As long as somebody’s with you to walk you through it, we have people here who would do that.”
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