Avera’s New Addiction Treatment Center


It’s one of the biggest problems facing our country today; drug and alcohol addictions.

It’s estimated 10 to 15 percent of the people in the general population deal with chemical dependency.  But there are no easy answers. 

Many believe there are tiers to solving the nation’s appetite for drugs.  They are enforcement, awareness and treatment. 

Thursday Avera Health took a big step in helping with one of those.  Avera announced it’ll be building an $8 million Addiction Care Center on its new campus at 69th and Louise. 

“This is a huge need in this community where we really wanted to address chemical dependency,” President and CEO of Avera-McKennan David Flicek said. 

Avera Behavioral Health had provided outpatient services for addicts for years, but this facility will have 32 private rooms for both men and women to help treat patients on site.  

Glenn Jorgenson, who was on the advisory board for this project, knows a little bit about the need.  

He’s a 48 year recovering addict himself, but also started South Dakota’s first privately owned recovery center called ‘River Park’ and hosted a weekly TV show called ‘It’s Great to be Alive.’  

Jorgenson says Avera’s treatment center will fill a need in the region. 

“It’s a big one, and I think anyone who sees this can probably relate to somebody in their family or their circle of friends, who has and addiction primarily alcohol or drugs,” Jorgenson said. 

The average length of stay for a recovering addict is 28 days, but Avera promises more. 

“We are going to follow them beyond the 28 days they stay, we are going to follow them for a year and three years to make sure their recovery continues, and that’s really important in an addiction recovery program,” Flicek said. 

“There’s a lot of research that shows the longer you can stay with a patient the better their chances is for recovery,” Thomas Otten Assistant VP Behavioral Health 

Construction on the Center is set to begin this summer and will open in the summer of 2019.

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