New inpatient substance-abuse center opening
York County will get a new, inpatient substance-abuse and detox facility for 2017.
Safe Haven Treatment Services, which operates an outpatient facility in York City, will open an inpatient center in Hellam Township about the first week of January.
“Our goal is to provide a high level of care to the residents of York and the surrounding areas,” president Adam Kiracofe said. “We plan on the facility being very quiet and focused.”
The 28-day inpatient center complements the center’s outpatient services in York City, Kiracofe said, adding detox and residential services to partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and general outpatient services. It is severely needed, he said, because of the current opioid abuse problem affecting people across the nation and in Pennsylvania.
The 29-bed center — made up of 11 detox and 18 residential beds — will offer the Daring Way program, neurofeedback, yoga, cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma therapy, art and music therapy to those struggling with addiction, according to a news release.
Daring Way is an experiential methodology in which trained employees help recovering addicts explore the topics of vulnerability, courage, shame and worthiness in hopes of identifying the thoughts, emotions and behaviors holding them back from a better life.
“We’ll be able to offer a six-month continuum of care to give the patient the best chance at building a foundation for long-term sobriety,” Kiracofe said.
Program director John Houton said the art and music therapies are especially useful for people who have difficulty putting their past experiences into words. Through art and music, he said, patients can verbalize their feelings, experiences and thoughts.
“We say ‘Bring up a song that describes how you’re feeling now. Bring up a song that describes your life,’” Houton said. “Many people who have a hard time verbalizing their experiences can usually pull up a song and say, ‘Here’s what speaks to me.’”
While the privately funded facility at 5849 Lincoln Highway won’t open until January, Kiracofe said an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday will give the public a chance to check it out before opening day.
“We’re very excited about having this opportunity and are thankful to York County for their support,” Kiracofe said. “We look forward to an outstanding relationship.”