Kelowna alcohol and drug treatment facility expanding

Crossroads is expanding.

The Kelowna alcohol and drug treatment centre has announced it will expand the number of beds for men’s residential treatment by 15 in June.

“We are responding to the demand in our community and in our province for qualified and supported addiction treatment,' said Crossroads executive director Shelley Gillmore.

"Through a significant renovation, we are able to provide a safe and comfortable environment for 15 more men to reside with us for 42 days at a time and receive the comprehensive counselling and support needed for them to move into recovery."

Crossroads is just one of a handful of licensed residential treatment centers in B.C.that provides both publicly funded and privately funded treatment options to persons and families fighting dealing with addiction.

Operating as a not-for-profit charity, Crossroads has operated here for 36 years out of its Rutland facility, providing services for both men and women in the areas of detox and withdrawal management, residential treatment, out-patient counselling, and family support counselling .

But Gillmore conceded the demand continues to outstrip available services.

"The reality is that there are always more people that need access to services than there are services available," she said, adding as a not-for-profit organization, Crossroads is always looking for innovative ways to meet the needs in the community through fund development and solid service delivery.

"We are confident that with this expansion we will be in a position to provide not only more beds but expanded services and programming to those that need help to overcome addiction. Our goal is to transform the lives of individuals and families—one life at a time."


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