AVON LAKE — The need for grief counseling is even greater given a rash of drug overdoses last weekend across Lorain County, said Thomas Stuber, president and chief operating officer of Lorain County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services.
Stuber said LCADA planned to offer the services this month, but after a reported 21 overdoses and two drug-related deaths in the county over the weekend, he wants residents to be aware that the counseling services are available.
“We’ve been approached for a period of time by families who have lost loved ones due to overdoses,” he said.
LCADA plans to open a drug-abuse treatment center in Avon Lake on Dec. 1, but the agency wants to offer services even before the opening of the new location. Through a partnership with Avon Lake Schools, grief counseling will be 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at Avon Lake High School in Room 142. Counseling sessions will be there until the new treatment center opens, according to Stuber.
The counseling is open to all but is geared toward those who have lost a loved one due to drug use.
“The grief counseling is needed because of what we just saw this weekend. The heroin and opiate epidemic is out of control,” he said.
Drug-related grief counseling is also available at Psych & Psych Services, 750 S. Abbe Road, Elyria, according to Marva Jones, chemical dependency director.
Stuber said LCADA also is working to offer ambulatory detox services at all of its locations in the hopes of helping drug addicts overcome their addictions. He said the service will be the first of its kind in Lorain County.