Opiate addiction treatment organization coming to Linton

Thursday, April 20, 2017

An organization which helps those struggling with opiate addictions will be opening in Linton within the next few months, according to Greene County General Hospital (GCGH) Foundation Director, Kyle Cross.

During the GCGH board meeting on Tuesday evening, Cross presented information about the upcoming project. He said the organization, called Groups Organization, is interested in unused space at Dr. Esguerra’s building and is in the process of working on the lease agreement, as well as working with Esguerra about the upcoming changes.

“We know it’s a problem not only in our state but nation-wide,” said Cross. “They (Groups Organization) thought Greene County had a need for more choices.”

Cross said Groups Organization was originally only on the East Coast, though is currently moving throughout Indiana including a recent opening in Bedford.

According to the official website of Groups Organization, they will also be opening locations within the next few months in Crawfordsville, Martinsville and Marion, Ind., as well as in Auburn and Chico, Calif.

The organizatin will add some improvements to the building, according to Cross, though at their own expense.

According to the website, there are more than a million people in America searching for and unable to find treatment for opiate addiction.

“This will be a great partenership for the hospital and community,” said Cross. “This another option for those seeking help.”

Groups Organization offers treatment at $65 a week, according to the website, and patients will never be asked to pay for drug screens, extra appointments or other additional services. This price does not include the cost of medication, though if a patient does have a form of insurance, an authorization can be filed prior to in order to cover the cost of medication.

However, the organization does not accept private insurance or Medicaid in order to keep prices “as low as possible.”

“This may seem counter-intuitive, but if we accepted insurance it would be impossible for us to serve those with Medicaid or who are uninsured,” the website explains. “Our treatment community provides medication, Suboxone, and weekly therapy sessions with other people recovering from opiates. While such medication should typically be used for 18-24 months, the community at Groups is for life.”

For those without any form of insurance, medication typically costs $45-50 per week.

Cross said Groups Organization plans to open within the next 2-3 months.

For more information on Groups Organization, call 800-683-8313 to join.

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