Healthways plans for addiction treatment facility for area women

BEECH BOTTOM — Miracles Blossom, a 10-bed residential treatment facility for women with substance addiction, is expected to open in Beech Bottom next spring.

Thanks to the Governors’ Advisory Council on Substance Abuse, funding was awarded to Miracles Blossom, a division of Healthways, based on the success of Miracles Happen, a male treatment addiction facility located in Wheeling.

The state Department of Health and Human Resources earlier this year announced $700,000 was awarded for the Healthways facility. It was part of $1.6 million awarded for residential drug treatment facilities in the state, with the others in Mercer and Kanawha counties.

Property for the new facility was purchased on Church Street in Beech Bottom in November.

Healthways CEO Terry Kiser said West Virginia is making it a priority to meet the needs of its drug-addicted population, which leads the country in opioid drug overdose deaths.

“Miracles Blossom will be a 10-bed residential treatment facility for women dealing with substance abuse issues that will provide intensive and supportive therapeutic services 24 hours, seven days a week in a home-like setting. The evidence based long-term program will include a 12-step program for clients to help establish healthy relationships and choices,” according to officials. “This will be the only female facility of its kind in the Northern Panhandle.”

Kiser noted that in 2006, 970 West Virginia children were removed from their homes due to drugs. The number more than doubled last year, with 2,171 children being removed from their homes.

Project Director Kerry Sneddon stated, “Miracles Blossom will provide more beds for Child Protective Services to refer mothers so they can work on their parenting plan to get their children reinstated. Miracles Blossom will also offer alternative treatment to the court systems rather than sending these clients to jail with no treatment. We are excited about this new program and believe it will be a great asset to our community.”

Formerly known as Hancock-Brooke Behavioral Health Service, Healthways is the oldest and largest agency of its type in the Upper Ohio Valley.