Old Pike County middle school reopens as addiction treatment center

PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - A facility that once was Millard Middle School opened its doors as a men's residential treatment center on Tuesday.

Addiction Recovery Care (ARC) opened the new facility, called Riverplace. The facility will be used as a substance use disorder treatment facility.

"I'm excited we're going to be opening this in Pike County. It's sorely needed here," said Tim Robinson, CEO and Founder of ARC.

The building was purchased by Greg May and Bobby Sturgeon.

"I mean, there are hundreds of people here. The community, the opinion leaders, the community leaders were all here today as recognition that this is really needed here in this community," explained Robinson.

The facility will have 120 beds and offer services including detox with withdrawal management, residential, transitional, intensive outpatient, outpatient, medically assisted treatment, vocational rehabilitation and job training.

"We like to say we take people from crisis to career," Robinson pointed out.

Governor Matt Bevin was at the grand opening, along with State Rep. John Blanton and several county officials.

"It is giving people hope. It is restoring humanity. It's restoring their confidence and their beliefs. Great things are going to come out of here," said Governor Matt Bevin.

Gov. Bevin said those who come out of the facility will be graduates of their own goals.

"I just think the irony of this building being repurposed to help ignite dreams and to set people off on successful paths in life is just a beautiful thing," the Governor explained.

In Gov. Bevin's speech during Tuesday's event, he talked about the next steps to help fight the opioid crisis.

"Why is that when we know how highly addictive an opioid is? Why are we still sending them home outside of hospitals, outside of pain clinics?" questioned Gov. Bevin. "I don't think they should be prescribed outside of medical administration. I really don't."

During the grand opening, the chapel portion of the facility was dedicated to Timmy Dale May.

Timmy Dale May is the brother of Greg May. He recently died after battling addiction.

Robinson told WYMT, Riverplace Center will bring 35 to 40 new jobs to the area.

Officials say Riverplace Center will be accepting clients starting in September.

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