NPR.ORG – Residents of a drug treatment center in Huntington, W.Va., hope President Trump follows through on promises to fight the addiction crisis. Many are worried about how they’ll pay for their health care.
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Decorations are sparse at Recovery Point, a residential treatment center in Huntington, W.Va. That’s why the bulletin board covered with photos of men stands out. The men spent time here, but didn’t survive their addictions. They’re all dead now.
“We keep a constant reminder in here for individuals who come into our detox facility. We have, ‘But for the grace of God, there go I,'” says Executive Director Matt Boggs, pointing to the words on the board.
Boggs, 35, would know. He started as a resident here five years ago, looking for a way out of addiction and homelessness.
Recovery Point runs four facilities in West Virginia, offering nonmedical detox and long-term residential treatment to people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. In Huntington, about 100 men at a time live in this former elementary school building in a working-class neighborhood.
There’s plenty of demand for facilities like this one; West Virginia consistently leads the nation in drug overdose deaths. President Trump and other candidates addressed the nationwide addiction crisis many times on the campaign trail, sometimes with testimony from family members of those affected.
Now, people who have been affected by the crisis, including the residents of Recovery Point, are looking to the president for help.
Medicaid doesn’t pay for treatment at Recovery Point; the facility is mainly funded by grants and donations, and run in part by residents like Lilly who have already completed several months of treatment.
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