PHOENIX, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - In the past year, overdose deaths are up 29%, according to the CDC. The issue is so bad that one recovery center is looking to expand to help more families. Arizona Women's Recovery Center blames the issue on rising addiction rates and housing. At their Weldon House, each mother has a story of what brought them there.
"I'm just so grateful to be here," said Zelphya Ynzunza. "I started to drink then I started popping pills, and then after that I started doing meth."
Dr. Beverly Wohlert, the CEO of Arizona Women's Recovery Center told Arizona's Family that they help 100 people, including children. They're packed full but they know more women and children are out there that need help. "There are tons of people out there that are really hungry for an opportunity to get well and don't know where to start," said Dr. Wohlert. That's why they're expanding by buying another property and calling it Terri's Place. "We are going to be needed we are going to need these extra beds to keep these kiddos with their moms and help them get well," said Dr. Wohlert.
The recovery center is opening Terri's Place in July, and they're still asking for the community's help. A donor has promised to match $30,000 worth of donations. For more information click here.