Inside first of its kind drug & alcohol recovery center set to open in South Louisiana

Akron Recovery Center in Amite, La

TANGIPAHOA PARISH-– The newly established Akron Recovery Center, located in Amite, LA is holding an open house to introduce its substance abuse treatment services to the community.

The Akron Recovery Center is a result of a collaboration between Akron House and True Freedom, two organizations with experience in substance abuse recovery. Akron House operates seven sober living houses in Baton Rouge, while True Freedom runs 15 sober living houses and an intensive outpatient treatment center (IOP).

Akron Recovery Center in Tangipahoa Parish

They have come together and established the Akron Recovery Center in Tangipahoa Parish, a region previously without these kinds of resources.

“We chose Tangipahoa Parish because it has a significant need for recovery resources,” Ashley Jett, a representative from Akron Recovery Center, explained to UWK “The area struggles with high levels of drug usage, homelessness, and crime, yet it lacks adequate support systems for those seeking recovery. We want to bring the same opportunities for recovery available in Baton Rouge and other parts of Louisiana to this community.”

 Unlike high-cost treatment centers, Akron Recovery Center is committed to providing affordable care. “We’re not like the luxury facilities that charge exorbitant fees. Our goal is to help as many people as possible, especially those with Medicaid,” emphasized Jett. “Louisiana’s Medicaid expansion plan means a large portion of the population is eligible for our services, and we intend to make the most of that to help our community.”

The Akron Recovery Center will offer residential treatment with 60 beds. The facility will not only provide substance abuse treatment but also focus on equipping individuals with the necessary life skills to succeed post-treatment. Services include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), group counseling, job readiness training, assistance with getting food stamps and clothing for interviews, and other essential support.

The open house event will offer attendees the opportunity to tour the facility, meet the staff, and learn more about the services provided. Community members, local officials, and potential clients are all encouraged to attend and see firsthand the positive changes Akron Recovery Center aims to bring to Tangipahoa Parish.

The Akron Recovery Center is there for people struggling with substance abuse in Tangipahoa Parish. By offering comprehensive, accessible, and compassionate care, the center aims to make a lasting difference in the lives of individuals and the community as a whole. The open house marks the beginning of this journey.

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