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Cherokee addiction treatment center to open next week

A ribbon cutting is planned Monday for the Snowbird Treatment Center in Robbinsville. (Photo credit: Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians)

A residential treatment center is set to open next week in Graham County to help Cherokee people with addiction challenges.

A ribbon cutting is planned Monday for the Snowbird Treatment Center in Robbinsville.

Tribal Council approved funding two years ago directing the Cherokee Indian Hospital to create a comprehensive care and recovery community.

It's intended for those eligible for Cherokee and Indian Health Service benefits.

“We've, historically, had to send out people for these types of services. And now we're going to be able to offer that in a 20-bed facility for 10 males, 10 females with the opportunity to expand,” Behavioral Health Director Freida Saylor said.

The ribbon cutting is planned for 2 p.m. Monday.

The Cherokee name for the facility means "Place where one is healed." Cherokee cultural themes are reflected in its design.

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