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In war on drugs, Governor starts with new recovery center in Wyoming County


JESSE, W.Va. (WVVA) It is small. It is rural. And it is the perfect place to find a drug strategy that works.

In February, Gov. Jim Justice, (R) West Virginia, announced Wyoming County will be one of a few select testing grounds to develop that new strategy. 

With help from addiction experts at West Virginia University (WVU), county officials have announced the governor will be pouring more than a million dollars into Wyoming County --  starting with a new in-patient recovery center. 

According to one of the committee's advisers, Craig Rhodes, the center will be located in Jesse in the old Shanty's restaurant (see picture). 

"I think they'll have the men's facility in place a year, get the bugs out of the system, and then build a women's facility beside it." 

Rhodes knows all too well the feeling of having no where else to go. Having battled addiction issues in the past, he believes the new facility will be a much needed addition to the community. "I've been there. I've lived that life. I know how hard it is in recovery, who they trust, and what their needs are." 

For Rhodes, half the battle to sobriety was getting out of his environment and away from the triggers that trapped him in addiction. He hopes the next person who comes along will not have to look that far for help.

"This will not only take the users who are stealing and committing 98 percent of the crimes, but it will also turn them into productive members of society. It's a win-win situation." 

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