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Reading Detox Center Closed in August

The Reading Hospital Drug & Alcohol Center closed August 14. CLICK HERE to read an article about why this center, which has provided treatment services to the Berks County community for decades, will be difficult to replace.

The information below was posted when the closure was first announced in June:

We are saddened to share that Tower Health has announced plans to shut down the Reading Hospital Drug and Alcohol Center in August. According to a recent article in the Reading Eagle, the closure is one of a number of budget cutting measures that also includes other facility closures and the elimination of 1,000 positions throughout the hospital system. The decision comes in the aftermath of COVID-19 and revenue loss for Tower Health.

Although we are confident that treatment services to our community will continue, Reading Hospital Drug and Alcohol Center will be nearly impossible to replace. The center, often referred to locally as “the detox,” has provided withdrawal management services for many years.

“The issue is it was right in the heart of the county, right outside the city, and has been there for decades,” COCA Executive Director Stan Papademetriou said in a recent article in the Reading Eagle. “I’m not going to be exaggerating to say thousands of people who are in recovery from addiction took their first step there.”

To read the whole article, click here.

We will continue to provide the services necessary for people to recover from the disease of addiction.  For continued information about service changes due to COVID-19, please visit this page.

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