In 2015 the navy abandoned the Sugar Grove navy base in West Virginia, since then it has sat empty but in July the doors will reopen.
“There are many residential drug programs. I don’t know if in any other part of the country they’ve taken over a retired naval base,” said CEO Dr. Cynthia Persily.
The Highlands at Sugar Grove is a 95-bed drug treatment facility, that will almost double the beds in all of West Virginia.
“Residential treatment is one piece that is very weak in our continuum of drug treatment. We have outpatient services across west Virginia, we have detox services, we don’t have this short term residential program to the amount we actually need,” said Persily.
Originally the center will use four of the buildings on the base, but in the future they plan to expand the 28-day program to a sober living community.
“It’s a small city and that’s what we want it to be,” said Persily. “All of these homes you see around you we’ll be using for other therapeutic purposes… We want to have our residents be able to graduate and perhaps be able to live independently.”