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Westbrook begins Exodus journey

Health agency’s new facility offers men a path to recovery

Judd Fulks from Westbrook Health Services gives a tour of the Exodus facility to those who attended the ceremony Monday. (Photo by Candice Black)

PARKERSBURG — The recovery community is continuing to grow as Westbrook Health Services and the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley held a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday for Exodus, a residential treatment facility for male clients.

Thanks to a $1 million grant from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and a $30,000 grant from Bernard McDonough Foundation, the facility will provide the help, support and treatment clients need.

“This will give us the ability to add a continuum of care services for substance use disorder. We did not have a men’s facility before so we’re very excited,” Westbrook President/CEO Kevin Trippett said.

According to Westbrook Health Services, clients will receive individualized and group therapy with a therapist. They will also go through supportive group counseling, medication-assisted treatment, co-occurring psychiatric care or other needs services to help them find their place back in society.

Exodus can serve 12 men but for the time being, Westbrook plans to gradually bring more guys into the facility; three clients are being considered and one client is set to arrive today, according to Judd Fulks from Westbrook.

Judd Fulks, Jill Parsons, Elisha Greiner, Kevin Trippett and Aaron Vann cut the ribbon Monday afternoon for Exodus, a 12-bed male treatment facility through Westbrook Health Services. (Photo by Candice Black)

Exodus has rooms of different sizes to cater to each client along with a full kitchen and dining area, a gym fully equipped with exercise equipment and a spacious meeting room.

Fulks talked about the importance of having extra help and guidance when going through recovery and transitioning back into society.

After graduating from Exodus, the client would then go through outpatient services, he said.

A unique part about Westbrook Health Services is their involvement with a dual diagnosis which is when somebody suffers from a use disorder and mental illness disorders.

“We’re one of the few places in the state that’s going to cater to folks with dual diagnosis,” he said.

The facility will serve as a place for men to go after detox, Fulks said.

“What we’re doing here is we’re attempting to introduce them back into society and help them get jobs and build a resume,” he said. “As business, our product is productive members of society. That’s what we’re attempting to do.”

Candice Black can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.

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