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      Addiction Treatment Services opens The P.O.R.C.H.

      Traverse City is opening a new one-of-a-kind community center and outreach facility for those who need help with drug addiction.

      Addiction Treatment Services (ATS) celebrated the ribbon cutting for The P.O.R.C.H. (Providing Opportunities for Recovery and Community Health) Thursday afternoon - which has expanded to add community workshops and events for the approximately three hundred people that come through each day.

      The P.O.R.C.H. will offer classes focusing on life skills â?? such as personal financial management - and will let participants take part in anonymous networking support groups (for both alcohol and narcotics) to help maintain a drug-free lifestyle.

      â??Folks that were coming out of treatment, or folks that really didn't need full blown treatment, still needed a safe place to be, a safe place to learn, and also a fun place to be,â?? said Chris Hindbaugh, the Executive Director for ATS. â??So we could have movie nights, and art nights, and just have it be safe, sober, clean, and family fun. That's just really what we think is part of living a healthy life of long term recovery.â??

      The P.O.R.C.H. is located on 8th Street near Woodmere, and welcomes anyone â?? not just those who go through treatment - to their free classes and movie nights. Financial support for the free activities will come from LAB ONE Drug Testing and Bridges Outpatient Services, which share the building.

      This month's movie is Silver Linings Playbook and will be shown next Tuesday.