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New addiction recovery beds coming to Kelowna

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November 07, 2016 - 8:00 PM

KELOWNA – A family services non-profit group in Kelowna will soon have eight new recovery beds for Central Okanagan residents recovering from addiction.

Interior Health announced in the spring it would open 73 new substance use treatment beds in the Central Okanagan as well as 57 support recovery beds and 16 withdrawal management beds.

The Bridge Youth and Family Services will provide the first eight recovery beds in a safe, substance-free setting for those awaiting residential treatment or transitioning to a more stable lifestyle, according to an Interior Health media release.

“Providing innovative and quality services to support the health and well-being of our community is at the very core of what we do; these new beds will enhance our ability to do that," The Bridge executive director Celine Thompson says in the release.

Interior Health board chair Erwin Malzer says they are working to shift the health care system away from hospitals and into in a community setting.

Kelowna mayor Colin Basran says this expansion of substance use services can't come soon enough, or at a better time

“The availability of safe spaces like these eight support recovery beds is vital to growing healthy communities," Basran says in the release.

The beds are expected to be open by the end of this year.

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