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Ascension is proud to work with WVU Medicine (WVU Hospitals and WVU Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry) to bring a new residential drug and alcohol treatment center to Morgantown, West Virginia. 

Residential Treatment is the highest level of care for the treatment of SUD. This level of care often involves 30+ hours a week of treatment while patients live onsite. Usually, this level of care is for people with high severity SUD, living environments that are not conducive to recovery or co-occurring disorders.

This treatment center is being partially funded by a $1 million grant through the Ryan Brown Fund that will go toward enhancing program development for pregnant women and overdose survivors.

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PROACT is dedicated to reducing the impact of addiction in the West Virginia communities by providing comprehensive assessment, education, intervention and treatment solutions in a single accessible service hub.
The initiation and development of substance use disorder-focused efforts have occurred in all of the PROACT partner facilities at Cabell Huntington Hospital, St. Mary’s Medical Center and Marshall Health for many years.  The addition of resources from Valley Health and Thomas Health have served to complement these efforts. Ascension Recovery Services (ARS) is working directly with Cabell Huntington Hospital, Marshall Health, and the PROACT Program Director to develop an intensive outpatient program (IOP) that will complement the already incredible services to be offered at PROACT.  ARS has also assisted with grant writing support and business planning and strategy for expansion to other areas. PROACT is a cutting-edge concept for addressing immediate SUD needs in an area that has been hit hardest by the Opioid Epidemic. The Huntington, WV community has made a major impact on reducing OUD related overdoses and is receiving national attention for their collaborative efforts and incredible success.

Columbus Regional Hospital (CRH) is opening an Addiction Medicine Practice (AMP) to increase access to care for people suffering from Substance Use Disorders (SUD) in Columbus, Indiana, to include Region 9, the 10-county region currently served by CRH. AMP will provide SUD treatment services designed to increase health and wellness through remediation of substance use disorders in its patients, and by encouraging a lifestyle of recovery following treatment. AMP will operate as a triage center for addiction-related immediate health needs including, addiction triage, Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), Partial Hospitalization Programming (PHP), Intensive Outpatient Programming (IOP), individual therapy, group therapy, referral for job placement and workplace monitoring, Sober Living Homes (SLH), and providing Peer Recovery Coach (PRC) services.

Our friends at CRH are truly dedicated to helping change the lives of those affected by SUD and their families.  It is so refreshing to see others like the leadership at CRH get into this industry for the right reasons…to help people.

West Virginia Sober Living

West Virginia Sober Living (WVSL), formerly known as Morgantown Sober Living (MSL), has been instrumental in offering structure and support for men and women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction in West Virginia.
WVSL offers sober homes for men and women and a broad array of peer support services throughout the region. The WVSL program is centered on the principles of 12 Steps, combined with other evidence-based practices.  Our guests live in one of the sober homes for a period of six to 12 months, developing strong relations and demonstrate transparency in their daily life, while maintaining accountability to the group. Through the program, each guest will gain independence and responsibility, both financially and emotionally, as they become the person they want to be with peace and freedom, which is the ultimate goal.

WVSL also encompasses Reintegrate Appalachia and WV PEERS.

Reintegrate Appalachia

Reintegrate Appalachia, created by West Virginia Sober Living (WVSL) and Coalfield Development Corp (Coalfield), supported by WVU Health Sciences Center (HSC), is a job creation and workforce development initiative for West Virginians impacted by substance used disorders (SUD).

Reintegrate Appalachia will create jobs and implement a program that brings economic stability, purpose and hope to West Virginians recovering from substance use disorder (SUD) by providing access to higher education, professional development and skills training, flexible sobriety-sensitive employment opportunities, and critical recovery monitoring and support.


WV PEERS employs a network of certified Peer Recovery Coaches (PRC) within the community that it's serving. This program, which currently has seven PRCs working in the Mon County community, connects individuals that struggle with substance use disorders to PRCs and services they need to live a healthier and fulfilling lifestyle.

WV PEERS is funded through two grants.

  • Grant One: This one-year grant, sponsored by the Federal Office of National Drug Control Policy through the University of Baltimore, will go toward giving PRCs the ability to respond to referrals and requests from EMS, ED’s, law enforcement, courts, schools, social services and harm reduction programs.
  • Grant Two: This grant, awarded between two years, sponsored by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) STR Funds through WV DHHR Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities (BHHF), will enable WV Peers to hire, train and certify addition PRCs to fulfill the WV PEERS mission and provide the desperately needed services in Mon County.
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Through a postpartum wellness and family counseling center, one of 14 programs in the country, Better Beginnings, founded by Lauren DePaola, women can get resources focused on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs), also known as postpartum depression (PPD). This program offers partial hospitalization programming (PHP), which includes group sessions with baby and mom, group sessions with other women that are overcoming PMADs, individual sessions with just mom, and sessions inclusive of a husband/partner.

Ascension Recovery Services is providing program development services including business and financial planning, development of the staffing model, behavioral health licensing, connection and support with marketing and branding services, consulting and support with developing strategic partnerships with local Health Systems and other various community partners and support in contracting with commercial insurance payers and MCOs.

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Choice Recovery, owned by Dr. Shockley, a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician, provides Substance Use Disorder (SUD) treatment through Intensive Outpatient Programming (IOP).  Choice Recovery provides individualized and targeted therapeutic interventions to arrest the cycle of SUD through group therapy, individual therapy, family therapy and peer recovery coaching. Choice Recovery’s mission is to provide high-quality SUD services to those struggling and affected by it. Choice Recovery will provide it’s guests with a renewed sense of hope and healing to live life with freedom and purpose.

Framework Recovery

Framework Recovery is a new sober living and IOP healthcare organization based in Orange County, California. Founded by two men in recovery with a passion for helping others, Framework is set apart in the industry as an ethically run organization with care for their guests being the number one priority.

This organization will provide an array of professional addiction recovery care to those who are suffering from substance use disorder (SUD). Framework Recovery not only provides men suffering from SUD an individualized framework needed to become sober but empowers them to stop living a life controlled by fear.


The Clarksburg Mission Sober Living has two beautiful homes for men and women in the heart of Clarksburg, West Virginia, that are dedicated to those in recovery from substance use disorder.  The program directors certainly practice these principals in all their affairs and run this program with the highest integrity and accountability.

The long-term goal is that residents will develop strong relationships and demonstrate transparency in their daily lives as they maintain accountability to the group. A consistent theme of honesty and integrity is crucial to developing connectedness and communal responsibility.


The WVU Collegiate Recovery Program provides support for students in recovery from substance use disorders, eating disorders and other behavioral health conditions.

Serenity Place is the heart of the WVU program. It is a safe space where students can relax, study and hang out with others in recovery.

Ascension Recovery Services is dedicated to helping continue to develop the program, assist with funding, and providing Peer Recovery Coaches and other staff support to help our dear friends at WVU Collegiate Recovery provide these much-needed services on campus.

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Better Life Recovery is an intensive outpatient program (IOP) located in Bergen County, New Jersey. The mission of this IOP is to bring excellent care to those struggling with substance use disorder and those affected by it. 
This program is built on Ascension’s IOP program development model that includes education on research, licensing, credentialing, programming, staffing, finding real estate and planning to open.
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Recovery Boys - a Netflix original was released Friday, June 29, 2018. The documentary film features four young West Virginians battling with substance use disorder (SUD) and their road to recovery at the farming-based rehab, Jacob's Ladder, located in Aurora, West Virginia.  

The film illustrates the strength, brotherhood and courage it takes to fight addiction and re-enter society. 

Read more about Recovery Boys here.

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Ascension, in partnership with Gensler, an international architecture and design firm, is developing the Master Plan for the Long Island Recovery Center (LIRC) in Boston Harbor.

We have developed the following seven goals for the new recovery center’s Master Plan:

  1. Provide the highest quality services
  2. Bolster our region’s continuum of care
  3. Explore new and innovative forms of care
  4. Allow guests to have input
  5. Design a cohesive campus
  6. Connect resources
  7. Create a financially-sustainable business model

Together with the Mayor’s Office of Health and Human Services and Office of Recovery Services, our team has engaged with key recovery services providers across the state to identify critical gaps in care, along with promising practices and innovative ideas, to create the design of programs and services that may ultimately be located on Long Island.  

Simultaneously, as mentioned above, our team, in collaboration with the City of Boston Public Facilities Department, is conducting a facility assessment of the existing structures and infrastructure on Long Island.  Once completed, this assessment will help to determine:

  • Structural viability of existing buildings.
  • Facility renovations needed to serve recovery programs.
  • Infrastructure improvements or modifications needed to support a recovery campus.  

We are working to understand the perspectives of caregivers, residents, and other interested parties in the recovery community.  In turn, this will help us develop a new model of recovery services, capable of filling regional gaps in care and responsive to the needs of those impacted by substance use disorders, directly and indirectly.

Additionally, our team, together with the Mayor’s Office of Health and Human Services, is conducting a survey of surrounding existing services and best practices for recovery facilities to better understand what service interventions and innovations make a recovery campus truly cutting edge, person- centered, and accessible.

We understand that licensure and regulatory requirements offer only minimal operating standards for recovery facilities.  A thorough evaluation of best practices in a service model will allow us to design a campus that exceeds these standards, creating an environment that is both secure and therapeutic, that both meets and exceeds state and federal regulations, and supports the recovery process.

Together we will build a comprehensive recovery campus, offering a full continuum of care for SUD and co-occurring mental health disorders, serving the City of Boston, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the surrounding region.  This recovery campus will serve as a model of care for the entire country.