Behavioral Health Celebrates 30 Years

by Danielle Cotterman on July 6, 2011 at 5:01 am

It was 30 years ago that a local organization started to help people in our community with substance abuse problems.

In 1981 Muskingum Behavioral Health began developing programs to address the issues of drug and alcohol abuse. The organization began with only three employees, one of which is now Executive Director, Steve Carrell. Carrel said it’s a constant battle, the drugs change but the goal doesn’t.

"It keeps growing, and we’re trying to treat as best we can as quickly as we can," explains Carrel. "So we can get people on a path to recovery."

Carrel said when the organization first began the primary drug of choice was PCP.  Today they battle prescription drug abuse, bath salts, crack cocaine, and he said alcohol and marijuana will always be an issue. The drug prevention field is still only in the beginning stages. He said just now are legislators and government beginning to openly discuss the disease of addiction.

"It’s taken 30 years to start reaching, getting people empowered to understand that process, what that is," said Carrel.

The organization was originally named the Muskingum County Drug, Alcohol and Substance abuse council. Today, it’s Muskingum Behavioral Health, they treat about 400 clients each year and will continue to serve the area.