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Addiction recovery center to open soon in Boone County - WCHS-TV8

by ANTHONY CONN

Thursday, August 12th 2021

A room inside Lotus Recovery Center, formerly the Comfort Motel in Comfort, Boone County (WCHS).p{/p}

A room inside Lotus Recovery Center, formerly the Comfort Motel in Comfort, Boone County (WCHS).p{/p}

BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WCHS) — The Lotus Recovery Center in Boone County will offer rehab programs like substance abuse recovery and residential treatment.

A former motel, the new building in Comfort offers 20 beds for detox and 45 for residential treatment.

"They can come here, stay with us for three to seven days, become healthy and get those drugs out of their system, and then transition to a lower level of care, which is a 21-30 day residential," Executive Director Johnathan Frazier said. "We think that is crucial for those trying to enter into the world of recovery."

Lotus will receive referrals from judges and doctors, but will also be available to people who give them a call 24 hours a day. Boone County has been hit hard by drugs, with 18 opioid-related deaths in 2020.

"It was important for us to locate this here," Marketing Officer David Stup said. "We're accessible, we believe, for all of southern West Virginia."

Lotus is also hiring local. About 93% of the staff are Boone County residents, like Jodi Buzzard, who is the center’s lead behavioral health technician.

"I'm really excited to be a part of this facility. This company is great, and I really think we're going to do great things for Boone County," Buzzard said.

Buzzard, a graduate of Sherman High School, believes it will make a difference having a place close-by for locals to trust in.

"It's a friendly face. They're not going to a stranger," Buzzard said. "They're coming to somebody they may even know, that they know is going to care for them."

A ribbon-cutting and celebration were held Thursday featuring several state and local figures. County officials are thrilled for the new opportunity.

"It's going to make a positive impact on our county," Boone County Commissioner Jacob Messer said. "It's going to help people. It's going to change our lives. That's always a good thing."

Frazier, who told Thursday’s guests of his 17 years free of drugs and alcohol, said he wants people to be met with dignity and every opportunity to enter recovery.

"If one person walks in this door and is able to live a moment of recovery outside of their addiction, then we're winning," he said. "I think if we can keep on reciprocating that plan, we'll be successful."

Lotus Recovery Center officials said the building should be open to guests within the next week or two.