Chamber Luncheon Addresses Opioid Addiction with Addiction Recovery Care

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June 12, 2018
On Tuesday, May 29th, the Southeast Kentucky Chamber (SEKC) partnered with Addiction Recovery Care (ARC) for an Opioid Awareness Luncheon at the Hampton Inn in Pikeville. Goodwill Industries of Kentucky sponsored the event.

Lori Collins, vice president of program services at Goodwill, opened with some brief remarks about the partnership between Goodwill and ARC. She explained how Goodwill stores create jobs and develop a strong workforce through training programs. 

Collins was followed by Billy Noble, director of residential services at ARC. Noble discussed ARC’s three phases of rehabilitation. Phase one consists of the traditional “rehab”, phase two is a transitional step, and phase three emphases vocational training and eventual employment. 

“Anywhere there is someone with addiction, we want to be there to help,” states Noble, “We are a crisis to career facility.”   

Noble talked about “second chance employment” and the opportunities available through ARC’s Staff Training Program. The program focuses on career training in the paths of residential center staff and management, office assistants, drug screen collectors, peer support specialists, and corporate office workers. During phase three, individuals also have access to EKCEP’s teleworks program, general maintenance internships, intake specialist internships, and automotive programs.

“They are now employed, paying taxes, and they are no longer needing Medicaid. Second chance employment has given them the boost they needed to get clean and stay clean. They are productive members of society,” Noble says of their last group of program graduates. 

ARC treatment centers include Karen’s Place, Beth’s Blessings, Belle Grove Springs, Lake Hills Oasis, Sanibel House, Lydia’s House, and Karen’s Place Maternity Center.