Samaritan House focuses on increased opportunities

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
Samaritan House

Kirk Noonan, president of the Samaritan House board of directors, hangs an artist rendering of the new pavilion on site at the Samaritan House campus in Annapolis. Construction could begin as early as October.

Substance abuse affects all communities nationwide. This month the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is recognizing National Recovery Month to help spread the message that treatment is effective and people can recover.

According to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, only 10.8 percent of those identified as needing drug or alcohol addiction treatment, received it. Locally, a University of Maryland study concluded that Anne Arundel County required an increase of over 500 treatment admissions annually to close the gap between treatment rates and need.

Samaritan House in Annapolis, a state-certified residential treatment and rehabilitation facility, has been working in the community since 1971 to help men battling addictions. Kirk Noonan, president of the Samaritan House Board of Directors, said their ever-present admissions wait list reflects these statistics.

“We have a community filled with people who are living in long-term sobriety because of treatment. However, the demand outpaces the availability. That’s why we began an expansion campaign to double our current capacity.”

In 2012, Samaritan House launched plans for a comprehensive Campus of Recovery calling for a new 16-bed dormitory, added space for clinical outpatient counseling and an outdoor pavilion to serve as a meeting venue. The building permit for the pavilion was submitted this month and construction could begin as soon as October.

“In recognizing National Recovery Month, we highlight those living a sober life and the qualified treatment professionals in Anne Arundel County,” Noonan said. “At the same time, we want to call attention to the growing need for expansion of treatment opportunities and encourage people to support the recovery community as we move forward for the betterment of all.”

For more information on National Recovery Month, visit www.recoverymonth.gov . To learn more about Samaritan House, see www.samaritanhouseannapolis.com

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