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In our nation’s war on drugs we generally hear raw numbers reported; deaths, scary statistics and lack of options for folks. We rarely are told about the people who toil to heal individuals afflicted with the disease of addiction.

The men and women who offer healing and hope. Those who toil to cure and are an inspiration. Those, like Dr. Brent Jacobus.

Today, August 8, 2017, our medical director Dr. Brent Jacobus was honored for his service.

A hero to us and to many.

“In honor of Dr. Brent Jacobus The Lake County Council recognizes Dr. Brent A. Jacobus for his meritorious service, dedication, integrity, selflessness, humanitarianism and in recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31, 2017 honors him for his commitment in his efforts of preventing and treating those with drug addictions.”

This was passed as a surprise to the doctor as a resolution before the council today. Dr. Jacobus maintains a private practice in Crown Point, Indiana and is the medical director for Recovery Works, Merrillville. Additionally, he is associated with health care and community organizations from across the region.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Jacobus has been named a ‘true humanitarian” today. He is such an asset to our patients,” Valerie Thorn, Executive Director of Recovery Works, Merrillville said.

Recovery Works opened in the fall of 2016. Elected officials from the region gathered in support of what was deemed a new an important part of the community. This treatment facility is part of the Pinnacle Treatment Center Network full continuum of care that offers residential, outpatient and transitional living environments in 37 locations on a multi-state basis.