NorthLakes Community Clinic to Offer Recovery Services in Turtle Lake
Turtle Lake – NorthLakes Community Clinic – Turtle Lake will be offering substance use disorder recovery services for patients struggling from addiction in June. To start, the program will assist people with alcohol and drug (all varieties) addiction by offering counseling provided by our Recovery and Mental Health Therapists and community supports through our Community Health Worker and Patient Financial Advocate. The program will grow as the Recovery needs in the Turtle Lake area are identified and resources become available; most likely to include intensive outpatient therapy and medication assisted treatment. This program is funded in part by a grant from the Otto Bremer Trust.
Brenda Goettl LPC, CSAC, ICS, CSW is returning to NorthLakes to lead this effort, which the community has been requesting for several years. Brenda served from 2016-2018 as the Director of the Recovery Program for NorthLakes in Ashland, where NorthLakes’ program began in 2015. Expanding the service into other areas NorthLakes serves was the organization’s goal from the start. Robust recovery services are currently available in both Ashland and Hayward.
Brenda earned her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, and her Master of Arts in Counseling from Lakeland College in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. She has been working in recovery for over 30 years. Prior to rejoining the team at NorthLakes she had been at Eau Claire County Human Services, supervising the treatment court there.
When asked about working with people with substance use disorder Brenda says, “When I was in college as a Social Worker, we were told about 80% of our clients would be affected by substance use. This was evident in my personal life and now in my professional life. It was imperative to me to be able to assist 80% of my clients effectively. I recognized the importance of addressing substance use disorders, how it affects so many areas of a person’s life, and how difficult it can be to change. On the other hand, anyone can recover from a substance use disorder. I have seen people change their lives and the lives of their families in extraordinary ways through recovery.”
Some of Brenda’s other passions are walking her dog, riding motorcycles with her husband, music, and playing hide and seek with her granddaughter.
Recovery joins behavioral health, chiropractic, dental, and patient support services at the Turtle Lake Clinic which is located at 730 Swede Avenue. NorthLakes Community Clinic – Turtle Lake remains open and is accepting new patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. The clinic is open for in-person services and patients also have the option of seeing their provider virtually via phone or video. If you have questions about how to establish care or connect with your current provider or to learn more about our Recovery program, please call the clinic at: (715) 986-2599.
About NorthLakes Community Clinic:
NorthLakes Community Clinic is a regional Community Health Center, with clinic locations in Ashland, Birchwood, Hayward, Hurley, Iron River, Lakewood, Minong, Oconto, Park Falls, Turtle Lake, Washburn and White Lake. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization managed by a patient majority board of directors. Services we offer include: medical, chiropractic, dental, behavioral health counseling including substance use disorder and recovery services, optometry, psychiatric services, pediatric speech and occupational therapy, physical therapy and prescriptions for patients.
NorthLakes Community Clinic provides care to individuals with Medicaid and Medicare, those without insurance, and also those with private health insurance. We also provide a Sliding Fee Scale available for patients who qualify. For more information, please visit: nlccwi.org.