Rural community now offers addiction help


    The Never Alone Recovery Hall in front of their adopted highway sign (Photo: Never Alone Recovery Hall Facebook page) <p>{/p}

    Ronan was one of the many rural communities without an addiction support center until last year. Don Roberts saw the need for a safe place in his community and started the Never Alone Recovery Hall.

    “I want the public to know that we’re here.” he said.

    The facility is 100 percent peer-run and funded by a grant from the Morgan Family Foundation.

    Roberts educates people with tools that helped him during his recovery.

    “This is an alternative. It’s free, people can come in, and we’ll meet them where they’re at. They don’t even need to stop using, we’ll sit and talk to them and figure out a recovery plan,” he said.

    The hall offers individual counseling during the day and a variety of groups at night, including Narcotics Anonymous, relapse prevention, parenting skills, family movie night and a women’s group.

    Attendance has quadrupled since they’ve started.

    After outgrowing their first facility, the Tribal Council donated the old Boys and Girls Club building and pays for all their utilities.

    The space is only able to be used for the next six months because of highway construction. Roberts is looking for help finding a new building for the future.

    The hall is open seven days a week, and you can walk in anytime.

    Roberts say the hall has been a community effort.

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