The Reading Hospital Drug & Alcohol Center closed August 14, 2020.
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.”
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