Holistic care for opioid addicted mothers-to-be

New program opens at Humboldt Medical Center

A MOTHER’S LOVE – Among those on hand for the ribbon cutting for the new recovery program,  A Mother’s Love, are Dr. Steven Loyd, Vice-President of West Tennessee Healthcare Amy Garner, Humboldt Mayor Marvin Sikes, Representative Jimmy Eldridge, Executive Vice President of System Services at West Tennessee Healthcare Dr. Lisa Piercey, Executive Director of Aspell Recovery Richard Barber, Senator Ed Jackson, and Representative Curtis Halford.

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Humboldt has a new treatment facility located at Humboldt Medical Center. It is called A Mother’s Love and will offer holistic care for the opioid addicted pregnant woman. A Mother’s Love is unique to Tennessee and is a collaboration between Aspell Recovery Center, Pathways Behavioral Health Services, Ayers Children’s Medical Center and West Tennessee Women’s Center.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the premises last Wednesday afternoon. Dozens of people were on hand to laud the opening of this much needed center.

Amy Garner, with West Tennessee Healthcare made the welcoming speech. Richard Barber, Executive Director for Aspell Recovery thanked all of the organizations who have joined in making A Mother’s Love possible. He also thanked the Tennessee state legislative branch including Representatives Curtis Halford, Jimmy Eldrigdge, Senator Ed Jackson (who were on site) and Governor Bill Haslam for putting the money into the budget to help fund this program. “Our goal or mission here is to get them (the pregnant opioid addict) in as early as possible, detox them, birth the baby at Jackson Madison County General Hospital and bring them both back to the facility for more treatment and aftercare services,” he added.

Funding for A Mother’s Love is made possible from the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, the Care Foundation of America, Inc., The Milan Foundation, The Trenton Foundation and The Humboldt Foundation, a chapter of West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation.

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