ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — More people will be able to access treatment for opioid addiction more quickly thanks to the expansion of the Rescue Mission of Roanoke’s “Way Forward Recovery Program,” which was made possible by a matching grant from Gentle Shepherd Hospice.
Prior to the rescue mission’s announcement on Thursday, Sept. 9, patients seeking care for opioid addiction could wait six to eight weeks before being admitted. However, starting Oct. 1, the program will allow for daily intake of patients so they can receive immediate care.
“We don’t want them to wait…we want them to have the opportunity to get into the life saving treatment in a safe place, where overdose is not an option, and their life can be saved. So that’s our overall goal,” said Lee Clark, the CEO of the Rescue Mission of Roanoke.
The Rescue Mission of Roanoke will be able to house 40 men and 20 women for the yearlong recovery program.