Residents in need of addiction treatment and support can call the Addiction Helpline for Portage County, being operated by Townhall II with funding from the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County.
The phone number is 330.678.3006 and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “Dealing with addiction can seem overwhelming for the person affected and their loved ones,” said Joel Mowrey, PhD, executive director of the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County. “We would like the residents of Portage County to know there is a place they can turn to for help.”
People can call with questions about alcohol or drug treatment, whether they are struggling with an addiction themselves, or are concerned for a friend or family member. “Drug addiction is a complex illness and there is not just one solution to fit everyone,” explained Rob Young, clinical director of Townhall II.
Individuals calling will be assessed for referral to area detoxification centers including the UH Medical Support Program which treats symptoms of addiction withdrawal. Callers also may be referred to the local residential treatment facilities or recovery housing available – Root House or the On Track to Recovery House for men, Horizon House or Portage Area Recovery Center for women. Information is available about medication assisted treatment providers, intensive outpatient, and individual and group counseling. Helpline staff also has a listing of the area AA and other support group meetings.
“Our staff is extensively trained and well versed in the local resources,” said Young.
If you or someone you care about is struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, reach out and take the first step towards recovery with a call to 330.678.3006.