WYTHEVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — A new treatment center in Wytheville is hoping to combat substance abuse.
“People are dying. They’re dying from overdose. It happens every day,” said Dr. Margaret Gregorczyk, a physician from SaVida Health.
The main concern is opioids.
According to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), more than 1,000 people died of opioid overdoses in 2018.
In Wytheville, it is a similar story.
“Everyone in our community, in one way or another, as been touched in some way.”
But now, health officials are hoping to change that with the help of a new treatment center provided by SaVida Health, a leader in treatment for substance use disorder.
“It is starting to grow a rapid pace. Normally, you wouldn’t see that many initials or patients coming through the doors that quick,” said Sylvia White, Center Administrator for SaVida Health in Southwest Virginia.
The center offers patients an experience unlike most facilities, from remote and in-person medication-assisted treatments to counseling and case management.
“We find a lot of patients have polysubstance abuse, and that’s where counseling comes in. We work with them on coping skills that treats all addictions,” said Melissa Dye, lead counselor for SaVida Health.
The center has already seen a number of patients since it opened two weeks ago.
“Patients that walk in with their head down are now holding their head up high,” White said, “talking about jobs.”
This yields pleasant results, bringing much-needed hope for those looking for a fresh start at life.
“It’s very gratifying to see patients be able to get their lives back,” said Dr. Gregorczyk.