Crow Wing County Detox, in existence since July 2000, added nine beds to its facility for a total of 19, to meet the need for beds.
In a news release, Louise Skogstad, executive director, said the additional beds will help alleviate the problem of having to turn people away who need the service to keep themselves and others safe.
People in need of detoxification in the Brainerd area and in surrounding counties are taken to the Crow Wing County Detox facility for 48 to 72 hours. Males and females, age 12 and older, are accepted for detoxification and medical management in a sub-acute medical setting.
The facility provides detoxification, assessment and referral. Most stays are about 48 hours with longer stays if a person's medical situation warrants. Nurses and technicians are on duty 24 hours a day with licensed counselors available during the day. A medical director is available for consultation and direction.
Crow Wing County Detox and its parent company, Dakota County Receiving Center Inc. in Hastings, accepts people from area counties. Skogstad said they are "dedicated to treating people with empathy, respect and a willingness to help them overcome substance abuse issues."
Patients at detox attend groups, one-to-one counseling and learn about chemical use and abuse.
An open house at the facility is planned from 1-5 p.m. Oct. 19 at 11810 State Ave. Suite 1 at the Brainerd Regional Treatment Center campus on Highway 18 in Brainerd. Anyone interested in touring the facility is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.
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