Sep 9, 2009 8:00 AM by John Romero
Just 2 weeks in, the El Paso County Community Detox Facility has already been flooded with people looking for help with their addictions. "It has been absolutely hit the floor running." says Detox Supervisor Teri Lawrence. "At this point we've had about 87 admits through today (Tuesday)." explains Lt. Lari Sevene with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, "It gives you an idea that obviously this is a need for the community."
The detox facility has been so full in fact, they've had to turn away some prospective clients. "We were actually on divert from Sunday the 6th through Monday the 7th." says Lavene. Sending patients away isn't something Teri Lawrence and her crew like to do, but beds at the facility have been hard to come by. "We expect to be on divert several more time in the coming weeks." says Lawrence, "That's just the nature of the business."
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office looks at these first 2 weeks as a sign that the new facility scheduled to open in November is crucial. It will double the current space from 20 beds to 40. "We've proven just in the last 2 1/2 weeks that definitely there is a need." says Lavene. Until then the crew will continue to serve as many as they can, hoping each client will have a new life once they walk out that door. "If the client is discharged from here and they don't have a plan, they're going to fall back to what's comfortable for them." Lawrence explains, "What's comfortable for them is why they're here in detox."
If you or someone you know is in need of the detox facilities services you can call them at 719-520-7122. The walk in facility is located on the north side of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office on 210 South Tejon.