New program to help homeless with opioid addiction


    <p>Maggie Prohaska works at the downtown Columbus Faith Mission. She's excited about the new program the mission is now offering to help those with addiction. She says she knows the importance of reaching out for help, she's now 4 1/2 years sober. (WSYX/WTTE){/p}

    Maggie Prohaska works at the downtown Columbus Faith Mission. She's excited about the new program the mission is now offering to help those with addiction. She says she knows the importance of reaching out for help, she's now 4 1/2 years sober.

    "I was an everything addict. I pretty much did whatever someone put in my face. But heroin was my drug of choice," said Prohaska.

    She says reaching out for help, began her journey to recovery.

    Now others can begin that journey as well with the help they can now get at the Faith Mission.

    The new program is called "Medication-Assisted Treatment."

    "The important part of it is to combine medication which will either replace or prevent opioid use along with treatment and support that includes group counseling and case management," said Health Center Director Keith McCormish.

    The program is federally funded and started in October.

    Maggie Prohaska works at the downtown Columbus Faith Mission. She's excited about the new program the mission is now offering to help those with addiction. She says she knows the importance of reaching out for help, she's now 4 1/2 years sober. (WSYX/WTTE)

    It's a place where the homeless and those on a low income can get help with their addiction.

    This also includes primary care which is a necessity for this community McCormish said.

    "Many of them haven't seen a doctor in years," he said.

    The program is outpatient.

    Prohaska says she's already seeing it make a difference in the lives of the people who use the clinic.

    "We have one patient in particular. I see him three times a week when he comes in. We've watched him go from not having anywhere to live, not having family or friends to just thriving, so it's amazing, " she said.

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