Ribbon is cut at Crossroads Recovery Center

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - By Jessica Bowman – email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A ribbon cutting was held Friday at Crossroads Recovery Center in Gulfport. It's a program for people suffering from alcohol and drug problems and is affiliated with the Gulf Coast Mental Health Center.

"We've been working a long time to get here and this is just like my Christmas present because it's such a nice building," said Herbert Loving, who heads the state's Bureau for the Alcohol and Drug Services.

The $2 million center replaces the old center, known as Live Oaks, which was destroyed after Hurricane Katrina. Since that time, the pieces of the broken puzzle have been coming back together.

"It's a collaboration really between the state, the regional community, the federal government and us," said Loving.

Funding came from several organizations, including FEMA and MEMA, even BP played a role.

"We were able to rebuild this building and had the opportunity to expand our services. We went from 20 beds up to 42 beds," said Lisa Crain.

The 13,000 square foot building services Harrison, Hancock, Stone and Pearl River counties with a residential program plus much more.

"We provide a multiple DUI program. We have an intensive out patient program and we provide prevention services in the school systems, and we also do dual diagnosis treatment too," Crain said.

"This is going to make it even better than we had before," Loving said. "And we'll be able to reach out to get more people, to see more people, to help more people. So, it's just a win win situation for everybody."

Crossroads Recovery is open to both male and female clients.

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