PARKERSBURG — Spero Health, a national leader in addiction treatment, has opened a new clinic in Parkersburg, the company announced.
The clinic opened June 30 at 2 Ferguson Drive, the second location Spero Health has opened in West Virginia, joining a network of more than 80 Spero Health locations in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Indiana, Virginia and West Virginia.
“This second Spero Health clinic in West Virginia is just the beginning of our work in the state as we live out our mission to save lives, inspire hope and restore relationships,” said Spero Health CEO Steve Priest.
According to the CDC from September 2020 to September 2021, West Virginia had 1,284 overdose deaths, a slight decrease from previous years.
“While the recent data is encouraging, we cannot lose sight of how urgent it is for our communities to have access to addiction treatment close to home, so we continue to see these numbers drop,” said the priest. “Before COVID-19, the country was already in crisis. When the pandemic hit, our friends and neighbors in the community struggled with relapse and experienced things like job loss and social isolation, which caused many to turn to substances for relief. pain.
Synthetic opioids, including fentanyl, have become the most common drugs implicated in drug overdose deaths in the United States, Priest said. The wave of deaths will only continue due to the spread of deadly street drugs which are cheap and 50 times more potent than heroin, he said.
“It’s an extremely dangerous substance and it’s often mixed with other drugs and users ingest it unknowingly,” said the priest. “We are also seeing an upsurge in methamphetamine use which further complicates the drug epidemic, but there is hope.”
Spero Health offers a community-based approach to treatment using an innovative, evidence-based integrated care model that combines physical and behavioral health care services under one roof.
“Often people don’t know where to turn or are afraid of being judged, and we want everyone to know that recovery is possible,” David Hayden, senior vice president of clinical services for Spero Health, said. “Spero Health’s goal is to engage patients where they are on their journey and to customize the program to meet their specific needs so they can stabilize, enabling interventions to support sustained recovery efforts. .”
Patients have weekly access to a doctor or nurse practitioner, counseling and recovery support to help them return to the community to address other issues such as housing, food insecurity and employment, he said.
Spero Health is an integrated health service organization specializing in local, affordable outpatient care for people with substance use disorders. The company is based in Nashville, Tennessee, and is owned by Heritage Group, Health Velocity Capital, South Central, and Frist Cressey Ventures.
The company operates more than 80 outpatient clinics.
Immediate appointments are available and people who need addiction treatment services are encouraged to call 866-755-4258 for more information.