JEROME, Idaho — Embrace Life Recovery Center opened its doors only nine months ago. Now they will be expanding their services into a new facility at Heritage Plaza. The building is shared with the North Canyon Medical Center's pediatric clinic.
The new space will serve as long term facility to help battle addiction, and patients will be able to stay for up to 90 days and get the help they need.
“It just gives people options in our area," said Stephanie Ford, executive director of Embrace Life Recovery Center. "We don’t have a lot of options, a lot of people leave the area, they leave the state. Some people have been through the programs that we already have and so, they need something different, and they’re having to leave the area. So it’s a really big thing for our community.”
The facility will be expanding upon some of the practices that the original location provides and offer some new ones. They will be helping patients with a variety of therapies, teaching life skills, and self-sustainment.
"We do a lot of alternative therapies that aren't real common in the state of Idaho yet. We do a lot of nutrition and health focus treatment. We do yoga, acupuncture, art therapy, and just a bunch of other different holistic therapies."
For clients who have been with Embrace Life Recovery Center, they are excited for this new site to open. They're glad other recovering addicts can take advantage of what this service has to offer, especially since it has benefited them so much.
"Being clean and taking these classes, it's bringing the best I am of me out and helping me realize who I really am and who I can be," said Renee Wisler.
Renee Wisler has been attending Embrace Life Recovery Center since October, overcoming a methamphetamine addiction. She has served some time in jail and has attended two other treatment facilities. Renee credits Embrace Life Recovery to helping her turn her life around and get better.
Wisler said, “I’m very confident with where I’m at and where I’m going, so it’s totally different. The other two places, I relapsed afterward because it didn’t connect. I just robotically wrote papers and answered questions, but this is more intimate and personal, and that’s what I love about it."
Now Renee wants to take what she has learned through this program to try and help others.
“I, myself, am going to be taking classes here to become a recovery coach. Wherever I’m going to be employed at, I’m hoping here but if not; I’m still going to continue that goal. They helped me learn to set goals, and I will be getting my GED, and I’m just….it's made me change inside,” said Wisler.