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Avera Addiction Care Center

Avera Behavioral Health Services has been a leader in outpatient and intensive outpatient services for addiction care for many years. The Avera Addiction Care Center will create an environment to provide world class residential care for patients affected by addiction to alcohol and other drugs.

The need for addiction care continues to grow, as an estimated 10 to 15 percent of people in the general population deal with chemical dependency. To offset expenses for this community need, the Avera McKennan Foundation continues to raise dollars and support as an extension of the Avera mission.

Emily GrothAbout Emily's Hope

Emily Groth was a talented artist who tragically died at the age of 21 of fentanyl poisoning. Emily was born and raised in Sioux Falls and was a 2015 graduate of O'Gorman High School. She was a gifted student and participated in cheerleading, gymnastics and track. Emily was passionate about her art and was a prolific painter, winning awards and recognition for her work.

Emily's family was in the process of organizing an intervention to get her into treatment after realizing something "wasn't right." Ironically, she was scheduled to be checked into a treatment center three days following her death.

Emily's death on May 16, 2018 was a shock to her family who did not realize she was injecting heroin. The dose Emily used that day, unbeknownst to her, was laced with enough fentanyl to kill several people.

In coping with the loss of their beautiful daughter and sister, Emily's family has vowed to do everything possible to give others hope of recovery from addiction.

Emily's Hope will help offset the cost of treatment and allow more people struggling with addiction to get the help they need. Removing financial barriers and getting people suffering from addiction into proper treatment is the first step toward restoration, not only of the addict, but of the addict's entire family.

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Treatment in this center is strictly voluntary for people who want to get better. The design of the building will center around the Avera philosophy of care and mission, while also implementing techniques and resources gained through our membership in the Hazelden Betty Ford Patient Care Network. The center will feature 32 private rooms with separate areas for men and women, a space for day treatment, a group dining space, a meditation room that is respectful to all faiths and a home-like environment with an outdoor courtyard and walking trails.

Construction is set to begin in the summer of 2018 and expects to be complete by mid-2019.

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Avera is a health ministry rooted in the Gospel. Our mission is to make a positive impact in the lives and health of persons and communities by providing quality services guided by Christian values.

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