Centerstone Brings Innovative Online Addiction Treatment to Rural Communities

Organization launches new virtual recovery program that offers 24/7 online access to addiction treatment services and resources in five rural southern Indiana counties

Bloomington, Ind. – Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization providing a wide range of mental health and addiction services, is expanding substance abuse recovery services available in rural Indiana communities by launching the nation’s first electronic Recovery Oriented System of Care (e-ROSC). This virtual addiction portal was made possible by a three-year, $840,000 grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and is designed to bring innovative recovery resources to qualified residents in Brown, Lawrence, Morgan, Monroe and Owen counties in southern Indiana.

“Only one in ten individuals who needs substance abuse treatment today is receiving it,” said Linda Grove-Paul, Director of Addiction and Forensic Services at Centerstone. “This is particularly true in rural communities where addiction recovery services simply are not available in many cases. Centerstone is on a constant search to make sure that anyone seeking recovery has access to the services and support they need. By bringing these substance abuse services online, we are able to engage more people in more communities, encouraging recovery around the clock.”

The new e-ROSC web portal, which is hosted at www.V-Recover.com, serves as a virtual extension of Centerstone’s Recovery Engagement Centers, which have successfully used a proactive community approach to help more than 2,000 individuals find addiction recovery support since 2010. Located in Bloomington and Richmond, the Centers feature counselors who collaborate with volunteer Recovery Coaches and local community partners, including local employers, churches and legal authorities, to streamline access to addiction treatment services and provide a hub of helpful resources for those seeking to change their lives and overcome substance abuse. Services are tailored to each participant’s specific needs and an assigned Recovery Coach acts as a mentor and confidant to ensure that each person’s recovery is successful and sustainable.

The e-ROSC program will give people who may not have access to recovery care in their communities access to 24/7 addiction treatment support and a library of resources in a safe, secure online environment. Tools such as online support groups, blogs and one-on-one “talk to me now” live chat features make it easy for participants to connect with their counselors and peers, and virtually track their recovery progress.

Though several community resources and public discussion boards are available on V- Recover.com, the full array of e-ROSC services including access to face-to-face visits from a Recovery Coach, are accessible only to those in Brown, Lawrence, Morgan, Monroe and Owen counties in Indiana who are eligible for the e-ROSC program. For inquiries regarding e-ROSC eligibility, please visit www.V-Recover.com or contact Julie Haltom at Julie.Haltom@centerstone.org or 812-361-1010.

About Centerstone of Indiana

Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, has provided a wide range of mental health and addiction services to Indiana residents for more than 50 years. Through more than 60 facilities in 17 Indiana counties, Centerstone serves more than 24,000 children, adolescents, adults and seniors each year. The organization also operates the Foster Care Select program in 24 counties. It is accredited by CARF International. For more information about Centerstone, please call 800-344-8802 or visit www.centerstone.org