GREENVILLE - Recovery & Wellness Centers of Midwest Ohio isn’t a new business, just a new name for the organization that oversees Darke County Recovery Services, Darke County Mental Health Services, a substance abuse center in Eaton, Ohio, and a mental health center in Troy, Ohio.
“Darke County Recovery Services has been strictly in the substance abuse business since 1982,” stated Cynthia Cook, clinical supervisor/associate director. “Two years ago in June, we started a management contract, which put the mental health centers in Troy and Greenville under our management. In January of this year, we did a full acquisition of those businesses, and so we felt we needed a comprehensive name that covered all of the services we offer now.”
Those services include comprehensive out-patient drug and alcohol treatment services, as well as the gamut of mental health services, Cook shared. Recovery & Wellness Centers of Midwest Ohio held a ribbon cutting with the Darke County Chamber of Commerce, and a grand re-opening to commemorate the new name.
“Statistics show that most every family is touched by substance abuse or mental health issues,” Cook said. “It’s important to have providers in the area with qualified practitioners that specialize in both sides of that type of care to be able to address the needs of a community. It’s very important because it touches so many lives; but it’s very stigmatized, and people don’t want to talk about it. Hopefully, we’re providing an environment here [at Wellness & Recovery Centers of Midwest Ohio], where people feel comfortable coming in, or even just calling us to ask questions.”
Calls can be made anonymously, Cook explained, as their centers don’t have caller ID and don’t have to reveal who they are to call in and ask questions.
“We take a lot of anonymous calls, just because people are scared and they need to ask questions,” Cook shared.
Many people aren’t even aware that Darke County Recovery Services and Darke County Mental Health exist, Cook noted, because they think that a rural area like Darke County doesn’t offer those services.
“I’ve worked at Darke County Recovery Services, now Wellness & Recovery Centers of Midwest Ohio, for 19 years…but I’m still frequently surprised that people don’t realize we have these services,” Cook said. “I want to let people know that we do offer recovery services for all types of drug and alcohol issues, the family issues that stem from that, and all types of mental health issues from stress to family problems, anything you can imagine that you’d find in society, we have counselors here to help with that.”
Their services are invaluable in the community, Judge Jonathan Hein noted, and especially for the courts.
“Without effective substance abuse and mental health treatment facilities, it would be impossible to pull people out of the difficulties that they make through their bad choices,” Hein commented. “Wellness & Recovery Centers of Midwest Ohio needs to stay fresh, and I think this new identity will help them in that way…We refer people regularly here for services no one else offers. They’re integral to what we do every day.”
Recovery & Wellness Centers are also part of the Drugs in Darke County task force, made up of many different organizations, businesses and individuals, through the Darke County Chamber of Commerce, trying to get ahead of the problems that already exist in Darke County, and provide a better way to handle the issues that arise from those problems.
“All these organizations make a difference,” Hein noted. “Little by little by little, it’s adding up…Darke County’s problem isn’t worse than other places, we’re just calling attention to what already exists, when other places aren’t even beginning to open their eyes to it.”
Recovery & Wellness Centers of Midwest Ohio, whose main source of funding is the Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health, has four locations: Two substance abuse centers, located at 600 Walnut St., Greenville and 228 N. Barron St., Eaton, and two mental health centers, located at 212 E. Main St., Greenville and 550 Summit Ave., Troy. For more information, call 937-548-6842.