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March 27, 2015

Maple Leaf Treatment Center expands efforts to help opiate addicts in Rutland County

RUTLAND — Maple Leaf Treatment Center has recently completed a two year long effort to restructure and strengthen programming to address and meet the changing needs of people struggling with addiction, announced William Young, the executive director of the newly re-named Maple Leaf Treatment Center, March 19. Last year 142 people from Rutland County were treated at Maple Leaf.

“People with opiate addiction now make up nearly 80 percent of people seeking admission at Maple Leaf, an increase of approximately 60 percent in the last three years, while those addicted to alcohol continue to turn to us for treatment. You can’t hope to solve an epidemic of this size by clinging to past practices and expecting different results,” Young said.  “Everyone involved in this issue – and that is most Vermonters – needs to consider what changes are needed and then make them if we’re going to succeed.”

“Our primary goal is to offer effective treatment,” said Dr. Iacuzzi, Clinical Director at Maple Leaf. “Our new programs reflect current research and address the often crippling impact of trauma in our patient’s lives.  They provide more gender-specific treatment and offer more individualized care with evidenced based best practices to all of our clients, including large numbers of people addicted to opiates, many with both addiction and mental health disorders.”  

To emphasize these programming changes while honoring their past, the Board has updated the facility’s name to Maple Leaf Treatment Center (formerly known as Maple Leaf Farm).

“We’ve served more than 32,000 Vermonters since 1956,” said Mr. Young. But for those who don’t know us, the name was confusing.  Our new name better reflects what we do.  The treatment we provide here is founded in the belief that our patients have the capacity to lead healthy and productive lives.  That belief is confirmed on a daily basis.”

People struggling with addiction may call Maple Leaf admissions at 802-899-2911 (toll free 800-254-5659) or visit www.mapleleaf.org.

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