Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on May 08, 2013 @ 7:20PM
Created on May 08, 2013 @ 6:38PM
Wednesday morning, the United Summit Center opened a new recovery center right near the old United Hospital Center in Clarksburg. They named the building after Bob Mays, who was a longtime executive director of a mental health institution in the southern part of our state.
Doctors told 5 News addiction is a major problem around here and in the state as a whole, so the need for a place to help patients recover is great. By putting this facility right in Harrison County, they hope many people from all over will take advantage of it.
Doctors said a recovery center is strictly a temporary set up for people who have already cleaned all forms of toxins out of their body. Recovering from any type of addiction is a long process and Dr. Bob Williams said having this center is a part of that continuing process. He said sometimes when people don't have a place to get off their feet, they tend to get worse. This building was completely renovated from an educational facility costing over $800,000. In Dr. William's words, it went from a school to a motel. They officially opened a month ago even though the dedication ceremony was Wednesday. Their 18 beds were booked in a week, but since people only stay for about a month they have a waiting list they plan to frequently access. Dr. Williams said this is a great addition to the area.
"It's a facility that really can meet a need. It allows them to congregate, socialize, and work with other people that are also struggling with addictive disorders. That kind of group therapy where the people around you are very aware of the difficulties of the disease is very helpful," said Dr. Williams.
Bob Mays' wife was at the ceremony and the majority of his children and grandchildren came too. Mrs. Mays told 5 News her husband loved his clients, workers, and his job in general. She hopes the people who come to the center can get the help they need and get better as soon as possible. Mrs. Mays said she was thrilled when she was asked permission to name the facility after her husband.
"I considered it a real honor that they considered him to name this building after him. It showed that they respect him and love him and thought that he was doing an awesome job. It's such an honor and a great way to celebrate his life," said Cecelia Mays.
If you think this facility is right for you, you can call the center directly at 304-623-2178.
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