More than 20 million Americans suffer from addiction, yet only one in 10 receive treatment, according to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. To help meet the need for treatment in St. Charles County and across the region, Harris House Treatment and Recovery Center has opened a new facility at 2706 S. River Road in St. Charles.
“We’ve seen the increasing need for support for those battling addiction, not only throughout the greater St. Louis area, but across the Midwest and the country,” Harris House CEO Tom Wickenhauser said in a press statement acknowledging the facility’s opening. “We worked hard to be an active participant in creating effective, long-lasting resources for our communities that are fighting drug and alcohol abuse. This new campus will allow us to make professional treatment options more accessible to those who desperately need them.”
The newly constructed, 60-bed facility on a 12-acre campus provides space to expand to 100 beds in the future, along with additional outpatient programs. The facility complements the organization’s existing campus on S. Broadway in the city of St. Louis.
For nearly 60 years, the nonprofit has offered research-driven substance abuse treatment options to the Midwest region. With the rise of the opioid epidemic, demand for its services reached more than 1,000 clients annually in recent years.
In 2017, more than two-thirds of drug overdose deaths in the U.S. involved opioids – six times higher than it was less than 20 years ago, in 1999, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Locally, nearly 3,200 deaths in Missouri and Illinois in 2017 were due to opioid overdose. That is approximately one in every 54 deaths.
With so many affected by drugs and alcohol, Harris House has adopted a holistic approach that recognizes the importance of a comprehensive, individualized treatment and recovery plan. This plan not only focuses on sobriety, but also treating co-occurring health issues, such as depression and anxiety, and providing training in anger management, stress control and professional development.
“We are committed to serving our clients, their loved ones and our community,” explained Wickenhauser. “Every individual who enters our doors is voluntarily committing themselves to a lifetime of active healing as a whole person.”