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Support group talks to council

September 7, 2011
By MARK J. MILLER - For The Weirton Daily Times ( , Weirton Daily Times

NEW CUMBERLAND - An advocacy group for those struggling with addiction problems was discussed during Monday's New Cumberland City Council meeting.

Patti Barnabei approached council seeking support for an organization helping those recovering from addiction problems, according to Mayor Richard Blackwell.

"We had a group appear before council - Never Alone West Virginia," the mayor said, adding the organization was seeking support from council in its efforts to stem addiction. "They are an organization trying to help people with addictions."

Blackwell said the organization holds support group meetings for recovering addicts and also has been working to establish half-way houses in Brooke and Hancock counties.

"They (advocate) a Christ-centered, 12-step recovery program," Blackwell said, adding the program is similar to Alcoholics Anonymous. "It's for all kinds of addictions not just drugs."

The mayor said council gave its vocal support for the group's efforts, and the city may help by setting up a public meeting to make the public aware of the organization's presence. Like many of the smaller communities in the Ohio Valley, Blackwell acknowledged there is an addiction problem with some individuals in the city, and he said the organization may be of some help.

In other matters, the city's finances have improved to the point council was able to bring back two part-time police officers, said the mayor.

"We just brought back two part-time officers," Blackwell said.

"We feel finances have gotten a little bit better this year, so we were able to bring them back."

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