HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) – BrightView, an addiction treatment center, has 15 locations in Virginia and has noticed a need for services in the Shenandoah Valley. He opened a site in Harrisonburg in May and has been helping people recover.
“There has been pent-up demand. There is a lack of resources and so usually when we open our doors there are people waiting in the parking lot and that was the case here in Harrisonburg,” said Mick Ruggiero, outreach director for Virginia. North with BrightView.
Right now across Virginia, BrightView is treating more than 2,500 patients, with just over 70 people seeking help in Harrisonburg. There is no waiting list and people can start treatment the same day.
“We treat each person as an individual,” Ruggiero said. “Stigma is something we don’t want to be a part of.”
It offers a holistic approach to people with substance abuse disorders.
“A person who comes to us will receive medically assisted treatment if necessary, but in addition to that they are required to have group and individual counseling which is provided right here on site,” Ruggiero said. “People in active recovery are involved in counseling services. It’s very helpful to see it through the eyes of someone who’s been there.
In addition to this, case managers can help minimize additional barriers, including housing, employment, transportation, assistance with insurance issues, and connecting patients to additional services in the community.
“If you’re within 25 miles of our clinic, we can get you here and take you home,” Ruggiero said. “It’s been very helpful in accessing a larger population of people who need our help and have just had hurdles to get it.”
The final piece of the BrightView puzzle is an on-site pharmacy that will dispense FDA-approved drugs that can be used in the treatment of certain patients.
“The same day they can be treated and dosed and walk away with their meds, which can be very helpful in terms of a relapse scenario,” Ruggiero said.
The pharmacy will open in the coming months. Ruggiero said BrightView accepts nearly all commercial insurance, including Medicaid, and care coordinators can help those who don’t have insurance try to acquire it.
If you walk into the Harrisonburg Clinic, located at 16 Pleasant Hill Road, before 3 p.m. on weekdays, you can be seen and receive treatment the same day.
You can simply walk in, schedule an appointment and transportation on BrightView’s website, or call its 24/7 phone line at (833) 510-4329.
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