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30th Year for Substance Abuse Center

Substance Abuse Awareness Center celebrates 30 years.

October 19, 2004

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

30 YEARS: PUBLIC INVITED TO CELEBRATE
SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES CENTER'S ANNIVERSARY

Charlotte, NC - The Substance Abuse Services Center, a program that has for years helped people recover from the disease of chemical dependency and get back on their feet, is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

· Wednesday, October 27, 2004
· 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
· 429 Billingsley Road, Charlotte

The public is invited to the celebration. Anyone who wants to attend should RSVP by Friday, October 22 to Molly Wilson at 704-336-5620. E-mail to: wilsoms@co.mecklenburg.nc.us.

The center, formerly 7th Street Detox, is a part of the Mecklenburg County Area Mental Health Authority and provides detoxification services and residential treatment to residents dealing with drug and alcohol abuse.

The anniversary program will feature former detox clients or consumers sharing their personal experiences. Many of these former consumers have been clean and sober a number of years. "We want to emphasize the positive side of recovery," said Tony Beatty, who oversees the center for the Area Mental Health Authority. "We want people to see that treatment works."

Substance Abuse Services Center opened August 5, 1974, on Seventh Street and moved to its present location on Billingsley Road in 1993. In FY2003-2004, the center provided services to about 3,000 consumers, both male and female.

Over the years, the center has established a number of inventive programs, including substance abuse programs in the local men's and women's homeless shelters and a relapse prevention component for those who have completed treatment previously and had some recovery experience.

FOR HELP: Mecklenburg County residents who need assistance can call 704-336-6404 to request services or they may come directly to the center at 429 Billingsley Road.




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