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October 2, 2014

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Thursday, Oct. 2,2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-15 By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncoun com Last week, 16 men battling addic- tions to alcohol or drugs checked into Northwest Resources Treatment Ser- vices in downtown Shelton. They are the first inpatients in the chemical dependency facility in one of Mason County PUD 3's former build- ings. Their average stay will be 28 days. Dennis Neal is the CEO and presi- dent of Northwest Resources Treat- ment Services, which has been provid- ing treatments for addictions in Mason and Thurston counties since 1993. The Olympia facility is located at 2708 Westmoor Court SW. Neal operated his Shelton facility on Birch Street before the treatment cen- ter purchased the building, also the for- mer home of the Mason County Cream- ery Association. Neal said remodeling the building and grounds cost about $400,000. The facility has 14 employ- ees. Starting last week, 16 beds were made available to men trying to learn to live without abusing alcohol or drugs. "The community response has been overwhelmingly favorable ... The ma- jority of the people realize these ser- vices are necessary," he said. The patients are all Washington resi- dents, mostly from Mason and Thurston counties. They were admitted first come, first served, and there is a waiting list. For the first 18 months, only Medicaid patients will be allowed, Neal said. The center offers eight single rooms and four rooms with two beds. All the inpatients are men, eliminating the temptation for patients of opposite gen- ders to have sex, Neal said. Journal photo by Gordon Weeks Dennis Neal, CEO and president of Northwest Resources Treatment Services, stands in the fenced visiting area at the facility on Third Street in downtown Shelten. The program last week admitted its first 16 inpatients for treatment for drug or alcohol addiction. "Co-ed is too hard," he said. institutions that have 16 beds or fewer, offices are in the front of the building. Along with participating in counsel- The building has undergone major The treatment center also has rooms ing and group sessions, the patients renovations, both inside and outside, for group sessions, one-on-one media- are performing janitorial and kitchen Passersby might notice the new glass tion, and a large room for the cafeteria duties, entryway and the fenced yard whereand larger lectures. "They're busy from morning to night patients can meet with visitors. Three One of the greatest challenges was ... There's no nap time," Neal said. trees have been removed, with enough cutting the concrete in the floors to add Neal said he hadn't intended on of- stumps left to be transformed into ar- drains, Neal said. fering inpatient services until the state tistic carvings. "There's five layers of concrete in advertised the need for mental-disease The outpatients and administrationsome parts," he said. COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT(S) Saturday, October 11, 2014* 10 am to 3 pm (your District may vary) Come tour your local firehouse and meet your fire and EMS crew members! District # 1 3 4 6 9 11 12 16 18 Lake Cushman: 240 N.Standstill Drive S. Hoodsport: 331 N. Finch Creek Road Grapeview: 4350 E. Grapeview Loop Road Arcadia: 2970 S.E. Arcadia Road (BBQ Lunch) Union: 50 Seattle Street Skokomish Valley: 2320 W. Skokomish Valley Road 8e 50 E. Roadrunner Drive Island Lake: 130 E. Island Lake Road Matlock: 2950 Matlock-Brady Road Dayton: 4650 W. Dayton-Airport Road Collins Lake: 60 N.E. Collins Lake Drive Tahuya: 14880 N.E. North Shore Rd. Central Mason Fire and EMS ,. 16{11 Bt t,e l%ouW,5: " Shelton: 122 W. Franklin Harstine Island: 3190 N. Island Drive I C~ ~ ~ I Hunters Breakfast I Select Stations Only