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RESTART Program Coordinator Jason Powell and ICGH CEO and Clinical Director Dr. Corey Richardson
Photo courtesy of Caldwell County Government

Area Government To Partner With Treatment Center To Combat Opioid Abuse

The Caldwell County Board of Commissioners recently approved a partnership with Integrated Care of Greater Hickory or ICGH Treatment Center to help combat the opioid crisis in the county.

To help combat the crisis, ICGH gives people access to holistic, evidence-based addiction recovery and mental health services. The treatment center uses a 12-step facilitation model, and incorporates different interventions around social support, medication, counseling, transportation, and housing.

ICGH’s approach spans from tailored recovery housing to medication-assisted treatment and counseling, encompassing effective models such as 12-step facilitation, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).

ICGH served 60% more clients than another provider, with 89.7% reducing or eliminating opioid use. Additionally, ICGH recorded only 95 positive drug screens, averaging 0.9 per individual, substantially lower than the other provider. Funded by grants and prioritizing inclusivity, ICGH makes its services available to all, including uninsured individuals, through both telehealth and in-person.

ICGH will operate out of the county‚Äôs Health Department to streamline access to comprehensive care and amplify collaboration, ensuring patients receive more holistic, coordinated, and efficient services. This collaboration promises Caldwell County residents comprehensive, streamlined, and efficient care, demonstrating the county’s dedication to community wellbeing.

To reach ICGH, call 828-322-5915 or visit