The top floor of the Mesa County Community Corrections building is home to the Summit View Drug Treatment Center. Local officials have attributed the opening of that drug center as one reason drug cases were down last year.
The treatment center has helped countless addicts recover and is an alternative to sitting in jail for some drug offenders and now many of those patients are giving back to a community that gave them the resources they needed to change their lives.
Adrian Chavez checked into Summit View Drug Treatment Center in December, in his near future is graduation from the program and in his past is a life of drug use and crime. Chavez says something clicked, "I was tired of doing the same thing over and over again; I’m tired of hurting people that I love." Before his treatment began, he was in jail and now he spends his days in classes, workshops and counseling sessions with Jason Tulley, Summit View's Treatment Manager.
Tulley says of the program, "it's kind of a community based setting where we can help them develop the life skills and employment skills that they might need to be successful in that recovery."
Tulley says Summit View's 2007 opening has filled a big void in the community. Chavez says he’s ready to give back to the community that helped him with his recovery. After his completion of the program he will go around the community educating people on methamphetamine addiction and recovery. Chavez says educating kids is the most important thing to him and it would mean the world to him if he can keep just one kid from trying meth and making the mistakes he's made.
Summit View primarily treats methamphetamine addicts and it offers in and out patient services free of charge.