Father Martin’s Ashley, the nationally recognized private, non-profit alcoholism and drug addiction treatment center, today announced the opening of Skip’s Hall for Integrated Addiction Treatment, a new $20 million, 44,000-square-foot building on its Chesapeake Bay-side campus outside of Baltimore, Maryland. The Skip Viragh Foundation bestowed $13 million to support the construction of the facility.
“Thirty-two years ago, Father Martin’s Ashley began an unparalleled legacy of commitment to recovery when we opened our doors to patients for the first time. Our co-founders committed to offering the best possible care in a uniquely beautiful and tranquil setting on Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay. Since then, Ashley has treated tens of thousands of chemically-dependent people and their families with dignity and respect,” said Fr. Mark Hushen, O.S.F.S., president and CEO for Father Martin’s Ashley. “Skip’s Hall for Integrated Addiction Treatment builds on this legacy of excellence and reinforces our commitment to recovery by treating the whole person – the biological, psychological, social and spiritual health of each patient.”
Skip’s Hall for Integrated Addiction Treatment allows Ashley to treat a total of 100 patients at a time, offering primarily single or double-occupancy rooms for privacy and comfort. This capability responds to the challenges of the 21st century patient who may require a 24/7 certified nursing assistant or special consideration when dealing with co-occurring medical or psychological conditions.
“Increasingly, we see patients who are addicted to multiple substances and struggling with complex medical challenges. For example, we treat people who have moved from a dependence on prescription pain medications to heroin addiction. They must have access to a multi-disciplinary approach that offers integrated, individualized treatment options designed to address co-occurring disorders, both physical and behavioral,” said Bernadette Solounias, M.D., vice president of treatment services at Father Martin’s Ashley. “The field of addiction treatment has changed dramatically in the last decade, but one thing will always remain constant: Everything we do at Ashley is focused on recovery. Skip’s Hall for Integrated Addiction Treatment offers modern treatment approaches that empower us as we persist in our mission to heal.”
Heroin use among people dependent on prescription pain drugs has increased considerably in recent years, causing overdoses to soar. In a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of heroin-related overdose deaths quadrupled between 2002-2013.