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A ‘game Changer’ at Lowell House?

November 27, 2018

LOWELL -- The opioid epidemic has stumped officials for years.

How can they effectively address the crisis that’s resulting in countless deaths every year?

Lowell House and its partners truly believe they have a “real game changer” in the works.

On Tuesday, they’re holding a groundbreaking ceremony for the Center for Integrated Treatment and Recovery (CITAR) at 101 Jackson St., contiguous to the Lowell Community Health Center.

The $2 million project will result in a state-of-the-art treatment and recovery support center, helping to save lives by increasing the accessibility and coordination of high-quality services to local residents and families, said Bill Garr, CEO of Lowell House.

“It’s a game changer for a city plagued by addiction issues,” he said. “This is a real major project to put Lowell in the forefront of solving this issue.”

The center will support necessary lifestyle changes that help people recover over the long-term.

For instance, the space will include a healthy living center to help clients positively change their lifestyle, Garr said.

He added that it’s critical to bring as many services as possible under one roof.

Construction at the center started last week. Under a rental agreement between Lowell House and the Lowell Community Health Center, Lowell House will have space on LCHC’s fourth floor for the next 20 years, with options to extend up to 60 years.

Lowell House, which provides both residential and outpatient addiction treatment, plans to move into CITAR in March.

Then the Coalition for a Better Acre, which owns Lowell House’s facility on Merrimack Street, will move ahead to build a 28-unit complex of sober apartments with Lowell House performing the recovery coaching.

“These are great cooperative efforts,” Garr said. “The effect on the Lowell community and the opioid problem will be positive and profound.”

Other Lowell House partners include Lowell General Hospital and the City of Lowell.

Tuesday’s 6 p.m. groundbreaking ceremony is invitation only.

Follow Rick Sobey on Twitter @rsobeyLSun.

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