Lehigh County Center for Recovery opens

Posted: 8:00 PM EDT Apr 14, 2013   Updated: 9:18 PM EDT Apr 15, 2013

It's the first of its kind in the Lehigh Valley.

A treatment center that focuses on drug addiction and mental illness at the same time.

The Lehigh County Center for Recovery opened its doors in March.

The 31 bed facility puts patients through detox, a personalized sobriety program and addresses their mental health needs.

Law enforcement officials say the center could also have an impact on crime in the Lehigh Valley.

"A year from now it will be fascinating to see the impact of putting a few hundred people through this facility rather than locking them up in the county jail that is going to be the payoff," said former U.S. Drug Policy director Gen. Barry McCaffrey.

McCaffrey says the program used at the center could become the national standard.