“We know what to expect,” he said with a laugh. “We’re not dealing with the Boy Scouts in any way.”
Those who seek treatment there will be given a mental and chemical dependency assessment, be diagnosed by the doctor on staff and be required to participate in group activity, and periodically meet with a case manager and counselor. He said the program is coverage by Medicad.
He said the success of the program can be measured by how the treatment “reduces certain behaviors” in addicts. He has heard people say drug addicts are “terrible parents,” but he believes if drugs were removed, their actions would improve.
The Choices program, he said, will “make a positive impact in the community” by getting people off drugs and back into the workplace. He said most of the crime being committed in the city can be traced to drugs.
“They do not have drug problem, they have a money problem,” he said.
Haley said he understands the Middletown area has “a drastic, drastic” dependence on opioids. He applauded the efforts of other treatment centers, but added: “More support is needed at this time.”
Being addicted to drugs is “a health crisis,” Haley said, and should be viewed similar to other diseases.
“Have we ever made diabetes go away, no,” he said. “Because it’s a health concern. We look at (heroin addiction) as a war as opposed to a heath issue. It’s a health issue we should be willing to address. Let’s cut the head off the snake because if we don’t the serpent still will be trolling through the community and all aspects of our society.”
He said every three months, the staff at Choices will meet with city leaders to discuss any concerns and review progress.