MILLINOCKET – Three women have banded together to create their own addiction recovery center for the Katahdin region.
For the last year, Ginger Collins, Velma Rudge and Michelle Anderson have been working to open the Pir2Peer Recovery Community Center in Millinocket.
“We need to bring recovery, the activity of recovery, the embracement of recovery to the Katahdin region,” Collins said.
The three women have each dealt with substance addiction in their own lives and that has driven each of them to become recovery coaches.
They said they noticed how badly a recovery center is needed in the region — mainly because there are no other recovery facilities in or near the area.
“All the services are south. Nothing is here. It just breeds an area for addiction because transportation-wise we’re rural. We just can’t get out of here that easy,” Collins said.
“This is why we wanted the recovery center here, so people can come here and then we can set them up somewhere. But it’s up to them to want to go. You can send them there but it’s up to whether they want to stay or not. Knowing that you did your part is heartwarming,” Rudge said.
The grand opening of the center will be in April but the center officially opened its doors to people who need help on Feb. 14.
“The people that walk through our doors and that are welcome in our center are not just people in recovery. They are people who love people in recovery or love people who are not yet in recovery or who had been affected by someone who uses,” Anderson said.
She also said currently the center is running off of donations and volunteer efforts– so for people looking to become involved with the center, visit their website.