By Emily Gallagher
Times West Virginian
Offering simple things like support, a listening ear and hope to a drug addict can make a big difference.
The Marion County Day Report Center offers just that to individuals as an alternative to incarceration.
Ted Offutt, director of the Day Report Center, said the court may place an individual who has a drug addiction in the program. In addition, individuals coming out of jail may be placed in the program.
“We get a lot of different people that come into the program,” Offutt said. “Many of them are people who got in trouble because of drugs.”
Offutt said once a new individual is sent to the center, treatment begins through the evaluation of the individual. This allows workers at the center to get a better idea of how to appropriately deal with each addict.
“Through the assessment we figure out how much intervention we need to do,” he said. “The higher risk the individual is at being a repeat offender, the
more intervention — by intervention, I mean counseling — (that person needs).”
The Day Report Center offers individual counseling and group counseling for those dealing with problems related to drugs. The center also does relapse prevention and anger management.
The center has five counselors who work with individuals as contract counselors for Marion County. Offutt said there are two case managers as well.
“Our case managers, through an assessment, place the individual in various counseling type of treatments,” he said.
The goal of the Day Report Center is to change the individuals’ behavior that got them into trouble in the first place, and give them hope for a better life.