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Alcohol, drug abuse treatment center opens in Butner

Posted July 7, 2011 5:07 p.m. EDT
Updated July 7, 2011 5:13 p.m. EDT

— North Carolina unveiled its newest alcohol and drug abuse treatment center, which replaces an old Army barracks in Butner, Thursday morning.

The state-of-the-art, 88,000-square-foot building has space for 80 beds and cost $4.3 million.

State leaders said it's worth the investment.

"It's designed to be a treatment center, and it's designed for best practices, designed for better observation, for both groups and individual therapy," said Lanier Cansler, secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Services. "We really believe it's going to be a big plus for folks who need this help."

Patients will begin to transfer to the new facility in August. The average patient stay is three weeks.