Clinic focused on treatment of addiction to open

By Beth Sergent -

POINT PLEASANT — A new option for drug treatment will be opening within the next two weeks in the Camp Conley area north of Point Pleasant, inside a former nursing home.

Todd Bowen, local businessman and resident of Mason County, already operates addiction treatment clinics in Jackson, Berkley and Kanawha counties. The latest “New Life Clinic” will be the Point Pleasant location.

Bowen, CEO and founder of New Life Clinics, said his clinics try to take a holistic approach to treating addiction, using medications with the eventual goal of dosing the patient down and off of it, as well as providing counseling services.

Bowen said though the controversial suboxone drug will be offered at the clinic, it will be administered by a physician and the client will enter the program knowing they will be dosed down and off of it, completely. Bowen said his facility will not be a “suboxone clinic” and, though he’s not a huge “fan” of it, he feels the medication has a place if prescribed responsibly along with counseling and a treatment plan that includes dosing off of it.

“We’re not here to trade one addiction for another,” he said.

Bowen explained his clinics prefer to get a client started on a vivitrol regimen, along with counseling.

“We’re not the norm…we’re looking to do what’s right for the patient first,” Bowen said. “We do have a story to tell, we know how to fix that problem, we have results with patients who have used vivitrol.”

Vivitrol is a described as a non-addictive, once-monthly treatment to prevent relapse in opioid dependent patients when used with counseling following detoxification. It is said to block opioid receptors in the brain while a patient works with the psychological aspects of counseling. It is administered by injection.

“If you want to get better, you will be fine in our program…if you’re there to play our system, you won’t last a week,” Bowen said, elaborating on specific testing the program requires, including random testing with assistance from the company’s own laboratory.

Bowen has hopes of turning part of the building into a detox facility in the very near future to house all the aspects of addiction treatment under one roof.

With this venture, Bowen estimates the clinic will open in a couple of weeks with 14 employees and eventually grow to around 40-50 positions of employment as the detox portion of the clinic opens.

“These are good paying jobs,” he said, explaining he has several physicians and counselors on this staff.

As for any misconceptions about this venture, Bowen said he wanted to be clear that his clinic’s mission: “Will not trade one addiction for another. Come here and know you’ll be dosing off suboxone. You’ll have the right services in place to be successful. There are addicted patients that need real help.”

Bowen added, “A little glimpse of hope is all they (clients battling addiction) need and they don’t get it.”

Bowen explained his New Life Clinics follow a simple motto: “Change your mind, change your life.”

Call 1-877-New-Life for more information.

By Beth Sergent

Beth Sergent is editor of Ohio Valley Publishing.

Beth Sergent is editor of Ohio Valley Publishing.