The Sobrius Women’s Addiction Treatment Facility in Bassett held its grand opening Wednesday, Jan. 25.
Location Executive Director Angie Tallman said the facility will not take residents until about two weeks after the opening.
“We’re initially going to start with eight” residents. “Once the septic is upgraded, we’ll be able to take 16, but we’re certified for eight right now,” she said.
Tallman said the facility will offer guided imagery relaxation, individual counseling, group counseling, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and Narcotics Anonymous (NA).
The facility also will teach residents some life skills lessons and nutrition.
“We’re going to do some trades, but right now it’ll pretty much be gardening and landscaping and kitchen stuff until we can expand,” she said.
The center will have 18 staff members, including three kitchen staff, 12 peers, one licensed professional counselor (LPC), and two certified substance abuse counselors.
Tallman said the facility sits on about 55 acres of land with walking trails and a cabin.
“It’s not so close in a neighborhood that you’re going to have a lot of concern, it really sits off the highway. Even though there are homes close by you can’t really see them with the trees and stuff, so it’s nice and private,” she said.
Tallman said the facility will accept transgender patients as long as they live the life of whatever gender they identify with.
“If they identify as female, live and dress and work as a female, every day we’ll accept them,” she said.
Jason Stevens, Sobrius’s CEO, decided to expand into the Bassett area with a women’s facility after doing research on where the highest substance use rates were, Tallman said.
“The CEO really enjoys finding old buildings and old homes and then transitioning them into facilities,” she said.
“We believe that everyone deserves access to the highest quality of care, and we are committed to providing that to the women of Bassett and the surrounding areas,” Stevens said.
The company was first founded with a men’s facility in Galax. Its third location in Bedford will open later this year.
For more information or to apply, go to www.sobrius.health/bassett, or contact Admissions Coordinator Chasity Johnson at (276) 601-2736 x 1007.