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Oasis Center helps families struggling with substance abuse

Addiction is a disease and it's a public health crisis in Jackson County.

Posted: Sep 13, 2019 4:05 AM
Updated: Sep 13, 2019 7:22 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Addiction is a public health crisis in Jackson County. Forty eight people died because of overdose last year. 

The Oasis Center of the Rogue Valley opened in January. Doctors at the center said addiction is a disease that can affect entire families. That's why they're focused on helping entire families recover from substance abuse. They do this by offering primary care, or check-ups, to people are recovering from addiction. Their children can get a check-up at the center, too. 

The center's check-up rooms are filled with all of the normal medical equipment, but they're special in one way -- there are inspirational messages all over the walls. Those messages are also plastered all over the center's lobby. 

People at the center can also get treatment to recover from addiction. Doctors said that addiction is a chronic disease and that means it doesn't just go away. This is why the clinic is focused on positive messages, said Director Kerri Hecox. 

"If you've slipped up, keep working at it," said Dr. Hecox. "You can do this. Most people it takes multiple times in treatment to really get on the path to recovery, so we want people to know hey, even if something's going wrong, come back in and tell us about it. Because that doesn't mean that you can't do this."

The Oasis Center also has a team of people who can help you find different resources, such as food services or insurance. 

Addiction can bleed into family life, according to Hecox. People struggling with addiction can feel disconnected from their children. 

This is why the Oasis Center also has a family room that's filled to the brim with toys. Kids can play in the room while their parents get a check-up. More importantly, the room acts as a safe space where parents and children can bond, said Hecox. 

"That feeling of being safe and cared about, those are essential to children as they grow up to be healthy adults," said Hecox. "So, it really means a lot for a child to play, to have safe people around them, who care what happens to them. It's hugely important."

The center also has a free library. 

Learn more about the Oasis Center of the Rogue Valley here

Southern Oregon Walk for Recovery

The walk starts tonight at 6 p.m. and lasts until 9 p.m. The walk will start at Hawthorne Park. People will walk down Main Street, turn on Hamilton Street and head back to Hawthorne Park from 8th Street. After the walk is over, there will be food and live music.

Organizers said they want the walk to the fight stigma of addiction. Oregon Recovers created the walk. They are dedicated to raising awareness about addiction and recovery. The group's goal is to raise $35,000 from the walk. All of this money will go back to Oregon Recovers. 

You do need to register for the walk. 

For more information about the walk click here or here

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