Higher Ground opening women's recovery home before holidays

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3/KSPR) - Higher Ground Recovery Center is getting ready to open a new women's recovery house.

Higher Ground is a Christian based, state certified, substance use, out-patient recovery program in Springfield. Their goal is to help people not only recover, but also develop a healthy support system.

Lisa Rogers with the center said this new women's home will have 15 beds and room for a house manager. Rogers said having this house can help make sure women who go through their program are also going home to a healthy environment. She said she felt the community is lacking a sufficient number of recovery homes. "We've really seen this need," said Rogers. "It really gets them stable and gets on their feet again, it gives them a good place where they can go to develop a support system."

Rogers said they are hopeful that the women's recovery house will be open by December. Higher Ground is also accepting donations for supplies for the home. Rogers said they are buying bed-bug resistant mattresses, which can cost a couple hundred of dollars each. The center already has a men's recovery home.

Lisa Rogers said they've also seen first-hand the toll opioids are taking on our city. "Opiates have increased in the past several years, and we've seen a lot of people die from that, we've had a lot of funerals," said Rogers.

While the center maintains that they are a religious and scripture based program, Rogers said they will meet people where they're at. One less religious based method they use is called Moral Recognition Therapy (MTR). "It helps them to recognize their previous behaviors, they are able to identify the negative parts of it, and it helps them to grow and develop," described Rogers. She just asks that people have an open mind to the center's methods and way of life.

Rogers reminded everyone that all participants must go through a screening process. After that, participants will go through five weeks of pre-intake courses before being able to start their official counseling sessions.

Higher Ground Recovery Center is located at 2032 East Kearney Street, Suit 214, in Springfield. The center is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and is closed over the weekend. The office phone number is 417-869-0700. The best email address for those interested or with questions is recovery@higherground417.org.

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