AVON LAKE — The Lorain County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services – Avon Lake Wellness Center officially opened to the public Thursday as part of a greater outreach in Lorain County.
LCADA, in partnership with the city of Avon Lake and the Avon Lake school district, unveiled its new location at 525 Avon-Belden Road during a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house Thursday.
Tracy Hagedorn, a senior professional in human resources at the center, said LCADA has a large presence in Elyria and Lorain, but expanding into Avon Lake will allow more residents to use LCADA’s services.
“We have a huge heroin problem in the county, and we’re hoping to continue to address that epidemic,” she said.
The Avon Lake Wellness Center will offer alcohol and drug treatment services, including group and individual therapy, and treatment services for adolescents, women and men. Mental health counseling is also available for adolescents at the clinic.
As well as prevention services, programming will be available to assist schools, parents and families to reduce the risk of alcohol and drug use among children and adolescents. Speakers will be available to provide presentations to schools, churches, clubs and civic organizations on topics related to alcohol and drug treatment, mental health counseling and healthy lifestyle choices.
A major focus at LCADA is the use of “care-vention,” a form of intervention that is more successful, according to Thomas Stuber, president and chief operating executive officer of LCADA.
Stuber, who has led LCADA since 1999, said intervention was popular in the 1970s, but care-vention was later adopted by counselors because the traditional approach was more confrontational.
By using the care-vention approach, families can help their loved ones fight an alcohol or drug addiction by taking a firm-but-loving approach.
“The care-vention really focuses in on the entire system,” Stuber said. “It really has to be done in a way where the whole team has to show that they care.”
Stuber said counselors at LCADA work with the family to set healthy boundaries and stop enabling behavior. A problem that many families face is that family members can be disjointed in their approach, he said.
Care-vention was discussed during a presentation after Thursday’s open house at the center.
Stuber said counselors are available at the Avon Lake Wellness Center should someone want to discuss care-vention.
He said it generally takes four to eight sessions to prepare groups for a care-vention.
The Avon Lake Wellness Center is open 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. during outpatient treatments and for appointments. The center accepts most insurance and Medicaid.
For more information, visit www.lcada.com or call (440) 989-5990.