Drug treatment facility opens its doors in Ozark

OZARK, Mo. -- A new drug treatment facility in Ozark has officially opened its doors for business.

Synergy Recovery Center is privately owned. It'll offer help to men who are addicted to opiates, alcohol or other drugs.

It was somewhat controversial when it got underway, with many neighbors saying "not in my backyard."

But plans were approved, and the the center will soon accept its first clients. It's located on Smyrna road in rural Christian County.

"It feels really good to know that we can just move forward," says
Paige Tuck, Synergy Executive recovery center executive director.

Although Christian County officials gave approval to the center about a year ago, it went through an appeal. Neighbors in the area, concerned about their safety, put together a petition and fought the facility. A judge ordered in early October the center, which will house men recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, will open as planned.

"We're not going to bring anybody in here that's going to cause any harm or any trouble," says Tuck.

The center plans to house up to ten men at a time in private rooms. Their first 30 days will cost $30,000. They expect most clients won't be local, but will come from all over the country for the privacy.