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Heroin recovery clinic opens doors in South City

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SOUTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -

A center, said to be first of its kind in battling the heroin epidemic in the area, is now open.

The Missouri Network For Opiate Reform and Recovery has opened an office on South Broadway. The center will be like a clearinghouse of information for those fighting addiction or their loved ones who are reaching out, trying to find a place to help, but who have no idea where to begin.

“We’re starting small with this place, but hopefully we will build and provide more services,” said Chad Sabora, co-founder of the new clinic. The facility will provide low-fee legal services, grief support, help for addicts, and education in the war on heroin for families.

“It doesn’t have to be a family’s dirty secret. There’s nothing wrong with your loved one,” Sabora said. “You didn’t do anything wrong if you’re the parent or the husband. This is a disease like all others that requires treatment.”

One father is grateful for the new clinic after he says years ago he found his stepson using heroin.

“We had no idea what to do at that point. First thing we did was pick up the Yellow Pages,” said Dan Arbini. “I mean, who do you call? We were ignorant of how this whole thing started.”

His stepson Kevin died in 2009 from a heroin overdose.

Arbini says he truly believes that if a center like this had been open back then, his stepson would still be alive today. 

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