RVBH opens Onyx Center, a substance abuse recovery facility for men

May 26, 2023 | 12:09 am

Updated May 25, 2023 | 11:38 pm

RiverValley Behavioral Health has officially opened the Onyx Center, which will serve as a residential substance abuse treatment for men in the community.

RVBH President and CEO Dr. Wanda Figueroa-Peralta said the center will serve 16 men when at total capacity. The residents will receive personalized care along their recovery journey.

“[This] will offer personalized care for men in a retreat-like environment where they will receive individual, family and group therapy, relapse prevention, career guidance and case management support by peer counselors,” Figueroa-Peralta said.

The Onyx Center acts as a sister program to The Amethyst Center, a 16-bed recovery center for women and new mothers. The program will operate under the direction of a licensed clinical drug and alcohol counselor and licensed professional clinical counselors.

“We believe that the community-based, homelike atmosphere and therapeutic interventions provided at The Onyx Center will serve as a vital resource to our clients in achieving recovery,” said Shane Sheriff, RVBH Senior Director of Residential Substance Use Services.

Figueroa-Peralta said it’s key to discuss substance abuse and work with clients to improve their health.

“Substance abuse is a sign of a mental health breakdown,” she said.

With May as Mental Health Awareness Month, Figueroa-Peralta said that she and RVBH are working to remind the community that mental health is not something to be ashamed of and should be acknowledged, understood, and supported.

May 26, 2023 | 12:09 am

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