- Walker Recovery Center and Marion County Treatment Center
Walker Recovery Center began operations in Jasper, Alabama in the
early 1990's. N.T. Camp MD and Ms. Pat Waldrop, RN have over 37
combined years of experience treating addiction.
In the late 1980's Dr. Camp and Ms. Waldrop were doing an intensive
outpatient program which met four nights a week. By 1992 it had
grown substantially with individuals who were on methadone, either
in treatment at a clinic in Birmingham, or they were purchasing
it off the street.
These people lived in Walker County and wanted to receive treatment
locally instead of driving over one hundred miles round trip to
Birmingham. It was at that point Pat and Dr. Camp began the application
process for an opiate replacement treatment program in Jasper.
Dr. Camp and Pat share a philosophy rooted in the belief that addiction
is a complex disease affecting the physical, mental, social, and
spiritual dimensions of a person and therefore it requires a multi-faceted
Methadone is a valuable part of the over-all treatment for opiate
dependence, but it is just part of the treatment process. Methadone
is necessary to treat the physical and mental cravings associated
with opiate withdrawal. Once the physical part of addiction is addressed
treatment focuses on the other dimensions. (Walker Recovery will
begin adding Suboxone in the near future as an option for those
who may not want to use methadone.)
The staff consists of physicians, pharmacists, counselors, social
workers and nurses all with special training in opiate addiction.
Even the clerical staff has received special training in opiate
addiction and opiate replacement treatment. "Our goal is to
provide the best possible environment for our clients to receive
the treatment needed to enable them to achieve a healthy and adaptive
lifestyle," says Pat.
Dr. Camp expanded operations into neighboring Marion County Treatment
Center a few years ago to offer opiate addiction treatment for those
individuals in Northwest Alabama.