WAUTOMA - At the Pines Treatment and Recovery Center just outside Wautoma, administrator Billie Jean Bentilla knows how a drug addiction can change a person.
"Your drive is 'how do I get my next fix? You know? You don't care about anything else in your life and you will do whatever you have to do," explained Bentilla.
And sometimes that includes turning to other crimes.
"Every other day there's people getting busted for drugs or there's a shooting or pharmacies are getting robbed," said Bentilla.
Waushara County Sheriff David told FOX 11 Wednesday's pharmacy robbery and standoff in Wautoma are perfect examples. He said the drug problem in the county and surrounding area is growing fast.
"It is painfully apparent to me that the drug problem and the employment problem are causing desperate people to take desperate measures," said Peterson.
Bentilla told us the increasing and escalating addictions are hurting not only the addicts, but their families and community. She said people are scared.
"'What's happening?' you know? 'where are our values?'" explained Bentilla.
Bentilla said the Pines opened last Monday after a year of work to help address the need locally. The center offers in and out patient treatment as well as detox. It's a 28-bed facility with 'round the clock counseling and medical care.
According to Bentilla addiction needs to be treated like a disease.
"You have to curb it and you need to treat it, long term. There's no quick fix for it," she explained, and she said, most people cannot do that alone. Most need support and/or some kind of rehab.
"There is help," Bentilla assured.
The hope is those who need help get help before it's too late.
Bentilla told us The Pines will also help people access grants and loans to pay for treatment. She said the center has set up a trust, and people can donate to it.
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