Drug treatment center opens in Dayton after Cincinnati rejection

DAYTON, OH (FOX19) - Heroin addicts and those with substance abuse problems in the Tri-State have a new place to get treatment. Woodhaven Residential Treatment Center opened its doors this week in Dayton.

Directors tried to establish the facility in Cincinnati, but zoning restrictions got in the way.

"I think every community today understands the need for the help, but most municipalities would prefer that help be in someone else's backyard," said Co-founder Jim Venters of the unsuccessful attempt to open in Cincinnati.

Woodhaven occupies the 5th and 6th floor of the Old St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Dayton.  Venters says they're accepting patients from all across the Tri-State including a woman from Miamisburg, who will go by Mary to protect her identify. She says heroin ruined her life.

"I've been in and out of jails and treatment. This is my third treatment, but this time I hope that it's different."

Co-founder James Goodwin says Woodhaven takes a different approach than traditional treatment facilities.

"Rather than finding out what's wrong with the client and trying to rebuild from what's wrong we're going directly into what's right with the client."  

It's called motivational enhancement therapy and its something Mary hopes will help get her life back on track.

"I've lost custody of my son. My parents have it and I am an educated person, but it's like
that's all gone out the window and I'm trying to get that back."  

Venters says patients stay anywhere from 30 to 120 days following an intensive assessment of their needs.

"Then we can write and individual case plan, an action plan if you will that addresses Tom's or Harry's or Sue's particular situation."  

Woodhaven is set to participate in a University of Cincinnati study to determine just how effective the 12-step program is in conjunction with tradition treatment methods in combating heroin addiction.

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