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Support recovery beds announced for Kootenay Boundary

Interior Health has announced the ANKORS HIV/AIDS Network, Outreach and Support Society is the successful proponent to create eight new support recovery beds in Nelson to serve the Kootenay Boundary.

In a news release, the health authority said the eight support recovery beds are the first of their kind in Nelson and will provide clients a safe, substance-free setting while they await residential treatment, return from residential treatment or transition to a more stable lifestyle.

Interior Health board director Pat Dooley understands firsthand about the pain and suffering endured by people with mental health and/or substance use issues and their families.

“As both a mother and a board member, I am delighted to see the investment in recovery beds throughout our region,” she said in the news release. “My son Sean struggled for years with depression, which resulted in periods of substance use. These were very difficult times for him and those who love him.

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“There were no recovery beds available when he was ready to seek help, so his employer and family paid for private treatment which began his road back to health. These eight new support recovery beds are long overdue for the area and I am so happy to know other families will be able to find help for their loved ones.”

Interior Health announced in April 2016 its plan to open 73 new substance use treatment beds, including 57 support recovery beds and 16 withdrawal management beds.

ANKORS anticipates the new beds will begin receiving clients towards the end of this year.

“We’re very pleased to be providing these beds right here in the Kootenay Boundary,” ANKORS executive director Cheryl Dowden said. “Having these beds and the supports that come with them closer to home is a huge step in helping individuals on their way to recovery.”

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