The media, as well as the community, are still talking about the official grand opening of ALEF Behavioral Group. And we couldn’t feel more welcome!
That’s right. ALEF Behavioral Group just officially opened its very first clinic. There were balloons. There was a ribbon-cutting. And there was media. Lots and lots of media.
There was good reason for the showing too. Not only is Rockingham County one of the most at-risk for opioid addiction and overdose in the state, but it’s among the top 500 in the country. It was also without an opioid addiction treatment center.
“We are bringing comprehensive medication-assisted treatment – and hope – to people in Rockingham County who suffer from opioid addiction,” ALEF Behavioral Group President and CEO Ronald Flack, Jr. told local CBS affiliate WFMY. “Now they can find evidence-based treatment options right here in their home community, along with counselors and medical staff who can help them navigate the path to recovery.”
Few folks know the region’s need better than Rockingham County Emergency Services Director Rodney Cates. Cates was on hand to usher in the new day. And he was at once eager and excited.
“We are very grateful and excited to have a treatment center opening in our county,” Cates told the Triad Business Journal. “And [we’re] eager to see the positive results this treatment center will have for those who are in need.”
Local NBC-affiliate WXII was also on hand for ALEF’s first opioid addiction treatment clinic opening (and aired a feature to herald the occasion). So was The Greensboro News & Record, whose Rockingham Now had run a rather extensive interview with Dr. Flack in advance of the regional milestone.
“This disease doesn’t care,” Dr. Flack told the paper. “Race, color, creed, gender — it doesn’t care. [But] if you give this type of treatment a chance, it can and will change lives.”
Yes, people are talking about ALEF Behavioral Group alright. And it’s a bet they’ll be talking about ALEF for quite some time. Why? Because rural communities deserve top shelf help too. That’s why. And now this rural community is getting it.