New facility offering help for mothers dealing with drug addiction

CARRBORO, North Carolina (WTVD) -- A new facility in the Triangle is offering help for local mothers who are dealing with substance abuse.

An internationally recognized treatment program, developed in the Triangle, is expanding with the grand opening of a new state-of-the-art facility in Carrboro.

Governor Roy Cooper and Sen. Richard Burr were at Wednesday's grand opening touting the need to fight addictions, and the need to change the approach.

"The solution is a treatment approach, we can't arrest our way out of this problem," Cooper said.

The UNC Horizons Program is for women who are pregnant or for women who have recently had a child and are struggling with drug addiction.

The program has been in place for almost 24 years, aiding nearly 220 moms per year on average.

Organizers say the grand opening comes at a time when North Carolina continues to address the ongoing opioid epidemic that has affected communities and families across the state.

"The doctors who work at UNC Health and UNC Horizons programs are on the front line in the battle against opioid addiction," Burr said Wednesday.

The new 12,000 square foot facility is going to put several aspects of treatment under one roof, which will include prenatal care, psychiatric care, child care, trauma-informed recovery practices, career counseling, housing assistance and addiction treatment.

Click here to read more about the program.

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