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November 21, 2023

Following $2.8M purchase, Hartford HealthCare launches new substance abuse recovery center


Individuals suffering from addiction will have a new option for treatment in Connecticut.

Hartford HealthCare on Tuesday offered media tours of its new substance abuse treatment facility, The Ridge Recovery Center, at 289 Windham Rd., Windham. It will open to patients in early December.

Hartford HealthCare purchased the former Immaculata Retreat House in 2021 from Oblate Real Estate Trust for $2.8 million.  

“The new center will make a tremendous difference in the lives of those struggling with substance use disorder and highlights Hartford HealthCare’s investment in the Windham community,” the health system said in an announcement. 

According to the state Department of Public Health, there were 1,452 unintentional drug overdose deaths in Connecticut in 2022, a 306% increase compared to 2012.

“This began with a great vision,” Hartford HealthCare President and CEO Jeffrey Flaks told a crowd gathered for a formal ribbon cutting Tuesday. “This is a perfect setting where people can get help from empathetic, caring people delivering world-class recovery care. It also doubles the size of our program for people with substance use needs.”

A ribbon cutting ceremony for The Ridge Recovery Center, at 289 Windham Rd., Windham, on Nov. 21, 2023.

The newly renovated Windham facility features 16 medically monitored withdrawal management beds, 36 residential treatment beds, and sober living accommodations for extended stays. All residential rooms are private.

The center is geared toward adults aged 18 and up with any substance use disorders, from alcohol to opiates, benzodiazepines, stimulants, inhalants and more.

The center will be staffed around the clock and offer support and educational groups, individual counseling and group therapy. Patients will have a treatment team of social workers, nurses, recovery support specialists and physicians.

The facility is on several acres of woodland with trails which patients may use for walking or enjoying nature during their recovery. The center will promote physical wellness with workout equipment, morning movement sessions and yoga.

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