The Community Recovery Center of Rome Memorial Hospital, certified by the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, provides outpatient services for the treatment of adults and adolescents who are chemically dependent on alcohol, prescription medications and illegal drugs.
“At the Community Recovery Center, we understand that the problems of substance abuse affect more than just the person who is addicted,” said Ashlee Thompson, director of outpatient behavioral health services. “We started the Addiction Family Support Group in 2015 to provide support and education for family members dealing with the struggles, anxiety, and fears they experience related to a loved one’s substance use disorder.”
Thompson said that the Center was already providing individual counseling for family members and significant others for those admitted in treatment. “However, due to an increased need in the community, we felt that we needed to offer more and started the Addiction Family Support Group for anyone to attend,” she said.
The group is currently lead by substance abuse counselor Danielle Russell. Russell has 10 years of experience in the field of addiction.
“Danielle has a genuine desire to help those around her,” Thompson said. “She is empathic, attentive, and very knowledgeable within the behavioral health field.”
“I love being able to let individuals and families know that they are not alone and that there is hope for their loved one and themselves to get through this,” Russell said. ‘
“It is important to me to be able to share information about what the Community Recovery Center has to offer and to help them identify with alternative ways to help their loved ones without enabling them,” she added.
“The goal of the Addiction Family Support Group is to offer a place for loved ones of an addicted family member to share, gather strength, learn about addiction and options for how to not only better help their loved one through the addiction/recovery process, but also how to better cope themselves with the difficulties that come along with an addiction,” Russell continued.
The group is free and open to everyone but focuses specifically on the problems faced by those who have a love one who is suffering from addiction. The group meets from 6-7 p.m., the third Monday of each month, in the second floor classroom at Rome Memorial Hospital.
Located at 264 W. Dominick St., the Center operates Monday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Medication assisted treatment, including siboxone, is available in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies to provide a “whole patient” approach to treatment. The center participates with most major insurance programs, including Medicare and Medicaid. A sliding scale fee is available for self-pay clients.
For more information about the Community Recovery Center, call 315-334-4701.