BOISE - Prescription drug abuse is becoming more prevalent in our country and right here in the Treasure Valley. Many times, that progresses to the use of cocaine and heroin. A new Boise recovery center is opening in Boise to care for those suffering from addiction.
"We look forward to being able to serve the community and serve everyone out there who needs these services, and so thank you very much," said Ben Seymour at Monday's dedication ceremony. He is the founder and director of Northpoint Recovery. "You know, getting somebody safely off of whatever substance they're physically dependent on is the starting step."
Northpoint Recovery is a 22-bed resident recovery center. When it opens on Tuesday morning it will have 24-hour medical care and individualized plans for patients.
"We really put in a lot of thought into it," said Seymour. "We wanted to create a warm environment."
Folks from other recovery facilities came out to Monday's dedication to show support for an inpatient private detox center in Boise. Jason Coombs runs a faith-based, outpatient program in Meridian.
"This is an epidemic," said Coombs, the executive director of Renaissance Ranch. "Chemical dependency in general is mutating and morphing at a rapid pace."
Coombs has firsthand experience with drug abuse, and he says outpatient treatment isn't always enough. Years ago he tells us he needed more.
"I lost everything in my addiction," said Coombs. "I lost my wife, my son, my home, my career and my freedom."
He received court-ordered care. The Allumbaugh House is a local facility offering detox help in that kind of situation.
"The Allumbaugh House was a great community effort," said Seymour. "Unfortunately, if you have insurance, or you have means, it's not accessible."
That is the reason he decided to erect Northpoint Recovery. Seymour says it's not a one-stop solution because recovery from addiction is a long process with counselling and a 12-step program, but he's happy to be offering a beginning point.
Bow Creek is another private inpatient drug treatment center in the Treasure Valley. The Walker Center in Gooding, which is nonprofit, and the Rainbow's End Recovery Center near Challis are the other options in Idaho.