PARKERSBURG, W. Va. (WTAP) - Congressman David McKinley stopped by St. Joseph Recovery Center in Parkersburg to discuss the opioid crisis in West Virginia.
St. Joseph Recovery Center opened back in May.
Congressman McKinley wanted to find out if the program is doing anything differently than other programs and if they are successful.
"What do we need to do about mental health to be able to help out on something like this because this is a disease, a sickness and I think we can work on it," said Congressman McKinley.
Congressman McKinley says, we must first find the root of the problem and what is causing people to become addicted to drugs.
Jordan Granus is the program director of St. Joseph Recovery Center and says the program has seen a lot of success. However, she says the 28-day recovery time needs to extended and Congressman McKinley agrees.
"It may not mean more beds but are we going to concentrate on a 28 day because I don't know of any successful recovery program that is 28 days...it might be 100, it might be 120 days," said Congressman McKinley.
"We can teach our patients coping mechanisms and a new way of life, a way to live sober and if we're able to utilize the help of Congressman McKinley to be able to increase our length of stay then that is beneficial not just to the facility but to the patients that we treat," said Granus.
St. Joseph Recovery Center has 32 residential beds that are currently full and the program is getting ready to open 22 additional beds for residential treatment. As well as, 12 beds for a crisis stabilization unit.