By Kyle Collier, ARC Media Director
Despite being in the middle of a pandemic, Addiction Recovery Care (ARC) is finding ways to expand and build in the fight against the drug epidemic. Recently the Louisa-based company opened or expanded two 100 bed facilities; Creekside for women in Knott County and Riverplace for men in Pike County. These two new facilities are state-of-the-art with amenities such as recreational space, basketball gymnasium, and spacious group rooms. These represent two of the state’s first 100 bed facilities made possible by the federal and state’s new regulations that allow facilities to have more than 16 beds.
Earlier this month the company also announced a substantial financial investment of upgrading existing facilities to better serve its clients.
“This will allow us to increase the quality of care for the growing need throughout Appalachia and the state of Kentucky,” said ARC CEO and Founder Tim Robinson.
The announcement comes as overdoses have increased in Kentucky and surrounding states as social distancing guidelines linger.
“Over the past week we’ve learned that overdoses are up by 10% in Kentucky during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are doing all that we can to fight the drug epidemic by rolling out new services like telehealth, and the ARC anywhere app,” he elaborated.
With the new facilities, ARC plans to also expand its treatment offerings to include partial hospitalization (PHP). Statistics show that increased time in recovery-based programs leads to better outcomes. PHP level of care will result in up to 14 to 21 more days in treatment for those suffering from addiction.
The commitment to a higher level of care allowed ARC the opportunity to consolidate some of its smaller centers into the two new 100-bed facilities. With growth comes responsibility and tough decisions. As a result, 81 employees were laid off, while others were reassigned.
“The bond we create here at ARC with our clients and staff makes decisions like this tough,” said Robinson. “ARC is looking to a bright future with expansion and with that comes new opportunities. The new regulation changes allow for much better quality of care in larger, better equipped facilities.”
Robinson says ARC is devoted to doubling down on its commitment to building on its existing footprint in Eastern Kentucky and expanding into new parts of the state.
To find out about employment opportunities at ARC’s newest centers, Creekside and Riverplace, visit arccenters.com/careers.