SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An Indianapolis hospital that focuses on substance abuse has announced plans to open a drug- and alcohol-treatment center for women at a secluded central Indiana site that its chief executive says will become one of only a handful of similar treatment centers in the Midwest.
Fairbanks Hospital Inc. President Mark Monson said the center in Shelbyville, about 25 miles southeast of Indianapolis, will fill a significant treatment gap for women in Indiana and surrounding states.
"There really isn't a facility in the state of Indiana like this," he told The Shelbyville News (http://bit.ly/UvHwCB ). "Frankly, you'd have to go to Pennsylvania — maybe the closest would be in Cleveland, Minneapolis/St. Paul or Nashville — for the closest facility like it."
Traveling such distances makes it difficult for patients' relatives to participate in treatment, something Monson said is a critical component of the programs offered by Fairbanks, a nonprofit treatment center founded in 1945.
The Indianapolis hospital offers family-oriented programs for men, women and adolescents battling substance abuse and addiction following the traditional Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step program.
The Shelby County Commissioners agreed last month to rezone a 38-acre site to accommodate the new treatment center. Monson hopes the center can open its doors in May following about $160,000 in upgrades to the site's existing single-family residence and surrounding acreage.