New addiction treatment center opens in Berks

New addiction treatment center opens in Berks; video report by WFMZ's Alexandra Hogan

TULPEHOCKEN TWP., Pa. - A new drug and alcohol rehabilitation center targets those in need of help.

Officials with the Teen Challenge Training Center, now known as 'Pennsylvania Adult and Teen Challenge', spoke at the Berks County Commissioners meeting Tuesday morning about a new way they're trying to reach addicts.

The center opened a short-term, clinically based rehabilitation center on October 3, 2015.

The original program in Tulpehocken Township, near Rehrersburg, lasts 14 months. It treats addicts in stages focusing on three areas: the physical, the emotional, and the spiritual.

Center officials, however, said they turn away 80 percent of people because of the difficulty to commit to 14 months. Now, the new center aims to share its message, 'bringing wholeness to the hopeless' through a 30-day program.

The center can take up to 80 patients, who will receive medical treatment and counseling. Patients will pay a flat rate of $5,000 to cover all costs.

It's also in the process of building a detox center large enough for 28 patients.

The organization will double the staff by adding 50 jobs. Employees said they hope the 30-day program will show patients they can make it through a 14-month program.

Half the employees graduated from the program themselves.

The Hope Rescue Mission is a private homeless shelter in Reading. The shelter regularly refers its visitors to the program.

"With the addition of a 30-day program, and hopefully soon, a medical detox facility, we are excited to see many more lives in crisis impacted by Teen Challenge. This is a tremendous blessing for Berks County," said Robert Turchi, the executive director of Hope Rescue Mission.

The Teen Challenge Training Center runs nine centers throughout Pennsylvania, New York and North Carolina.

"The longer a person stays in the process of recovery the process of change, the greater the chance that it will stick," said Joel Jakubowski, the chief clinical officer at TCTC.

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