FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Along Fairfield Avenue on Fort Wayne's southside, in a building that’s been vacant since 2013, a chance at a new life awaits for those battling addiction.
Executive director Whitney Straight says the Avenues Recovery Center is the first residential recovery center in Fort Wayne.
"The two that are similar to this or like two and a half hours away, so I think that that's one of the unique features that avenue brings to Fort Wayne," Straight said.
Those seeking treatment will have rooms to stay in, game rooms to play in, and the ability to seek support from the Fort Wayne community, something needed now, more than ever as everyone deals with the pandemic.
Straight explained, "We all know that addiction is a disease of isolation and one of the really great things about Avenues Recovery is that it brings that isolation to a halt and it allows us to have that human interaction again. So, I think that's going to be a huge asset for our community here in Fort Wayne."
Avenues believes it’s important for those recovering to have a connection to those on the same journey. A program like this is something Mayor Tom Henry, D-Fort Wayne, says will help our community when people complete treatment and return to their neighborhoods.
"We've had the need for quite some time, but now I think it's becoming more and more evident that we're long overdue for this type of service," Henry said.
Straight explained that Avenues works with most major insurance providers, with the aim to help those who want help battling their addiction in any way they can.
"We are going to do everything we can to bring the community into our building to help serve the addiction population and make that a whole, full circle for Fort Wayne."