Ashley Collins started the business after struggling to find help for her sister, who disappeared in 2016 after dealing with heroin abuse.
JACKSON TWP. When Arika Hall needed help from heroin abuse, her family struggled to find treatment.
That struggle sent older sister Ashley Collins searching for answers.
Collins recently opened AVO Behavioral Health & Recovery, a center to help people combating drug addiction and seeking help with mental health issues.
Arika Hall last was seen on Feb. 5, 2016. She was 22 and addicted to heroin when she went missing. She hasn't been found and Collins said the case remains open.
Her family had worked to get her help without success. "It was just really hard to find her treatment when she was ready," Collins said.
As she tried to help her sister, Collins learned more about addiction and mental health. She also worked for a pharmaceutical distribution company, which helped her learn more about addiction.
Armed with new knowledge, Collins began researching options for opening a treatment center. She then talked with family friend Mike Capobianco, who joined as a partner in the business. "I knew that I had to do something in our own back yard."
The staff includes a psychiatrist, psychiatric nurse practitioner, chemical dependency counselor and clinical director. Patients can receive psychiatric assessments, group and individual counseling, outpatient services and medication assisted treatment, or participate in 12-step recovery yoga or meditation and mindfulness programs.
"We treat the whole patient as far as mental health and addiction," Collins said.
The business name is drawn from the Latin phrase for love conquers all, "Amor Vincit Omnia."
Collins said she would tell her younger sister that she was special and one day would change the world. "But we never knew how until now," Collins said.
The office is at 3745 Whipple Ave. NW, Suite A. The phone is 300-331-7506. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with appointments available evenings and weekends. The office also accepts a variety of insurance and Medicare.