Gloucester Township, Camden County, NJ
Representatives of Recovery Centers of America are to appear Dec. 14 before the Gloucester Township board, which denied approval to the company's project in March. This has not passed the previous two times, before that very same board, as the residents of Gloucester Township packed the room, most in opposition of the addiction recovery center.
Most felt that the location was the biggest issue, with the centers, and residential project being located on Peter Cheeseman Road, directly across the street from Camden County College, and other schools near by.
Residents listened for hours as the testimonies of those representing the center spoke. Some very good points were made on behalf of the need for the center. The residential recovery process would have included many home/apartment structures for the "sober living" development portion of the recovery, that could last for months.
Many involved in discussions following the meeting, asked why this project would not be better suited in the "Lakeland" section of the township, as it already has other facilities that are a more comfortable fit for the project.
The RCA representatives made a great presentation, and surely exemplified the horrors that families are living and dealing with this heart breaking addiction. Many stating that they knew someone afflicted with this addiction. The board allowed all RCA representatives to speak in length, and listened attentively, at times asking very important questions, both in understanding the "illness", it's repercussions, and the impact that it might have on the area. Both sides were for the most part respectful of one and other for the duration.
It all may just come back to the most important question for Gloucester Township residents. Location, Location, Location.