LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Coulee Council on Addictions recently announced plans to build a new recovery building.
The organization offers education, prevention, early intervention, and recovery support for those in the La Crosse area.
The group plans to open a new facility next year at a location that is still being negotiated.
It is expected to double the organization's space and provide even more resources for those battling addiction.
The Coulee Council on Addictions has provided a place for those in recovery for nearly 50 years.
"It may be the initial phone call saying that they're ready and where can they go, so we can walk them through the steps and resources and help them find a way toward recovery,” executive director Cheryl Hancock said.
The group has 30,000 interactions with individuals each year, but its current facility on West Avenue, built more than 100 years ago, lacks the space needed for the community.
"Right now, more than 50 support group meetings are held at Coulee each and every month, and we've had to turn away support groups that are looking to support additional meetings, because we just have the one big meeting room,” Hancock said
The group announced plans this week for a new, 13,000 square-foot building, doubling its space.
"The new building will provide additional space, additional meeting rooms, but it will also provide an inviting space for our drop-in center,” Hancock said.
Dr. Chris Eberlein, an emergency room physician at Gundersen and member of the Heroin and Other Illicit Drug Task Force said it's welcome news in the fight against drug and alcohol abuse.
"The community really has to be vested in this problem if we're going to solve it, and things like Coulee Council on Addictions is just another tool to improve our health in the community,” Eberlein said.
The group said community support for the project sends a message, not just to the organization, but to those in recovery.
"People recognize that what they're struggling with is a disease,” Hancock said.
The organization said the project will cost slightly less than $3 million.
So far, about $1.5 million has been raised.
It hopes to open the new facility in the late spring or early summer of 2018 to mark their 50th anniversary in the region.
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