Battle over Ozark rehab center reaches decisive vote Wednesday

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ROGERSVILLE, Mo. -- Synergy Recovery Center executives are preparing for the final round of their fight to build a new rehab facility for men in a rural-but-residential area outside Ozark.

They go before the Christian County Board of Adjustment Wednesday morning. The three-person panel will cast the final vote to either grant or deny the group a special zoning permit.

The group has operated a similar facility in Rogersville for women since 2015

"We're following the same model except for the gender," Synergy Recovery Center executive director Paige Tuck said. "It's a home-like environment, it's very small, we're serving eight clients and it feels more intimate."

But putting it near houses leaves their potential new neighbors concerned. Tuck says they've called police three times since the Rogersville facility opened, but that the neighbors were never at risk. She says she plans to talk about all of those incidents at Wednesday's meeting with the Christian County Board of Adjustment.

"If somebody truly just ran off the property we would have protocol to call the police,” she said. “We also have a sergeant who lives on the [Christian County] property now, and he's made a commitment to stay on and live there."

The facility in Rogersville is a house on 20 acres of property that has several different areas for the women to recover. Art therapy is one of the classes offered, and it gives the patients a chance to express their struggle and their hope.

"We just try to offer a wide range,” Tuck said. “We have that and we offer a music therapy as well. We're just trying to offer different modalities for everyone can experience what works best for them."

Clients start every day with exercise, and there are four counselors for the eight women at the house. Tuck says she hopes residents in Christian County will welcome them.

"We really hope that through this process that the community can be part of the solution of the addiction crisis that we're facing in our community."

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