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Medical detox and residential services facility opens its doors

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    After a brief delay in the grand opening of the Retreat of Atlanta Addiction Center, the facility at 155 Greensboro Road opened its doors on July 28. LEE COLEMAN/Staff

Five years ago, Retreat of Broward opened its doors in Pompano Beach, Florida, and through a comprehensive substance abuse detox and in-patient rehab center, the addiction facility has helped many people that had nowhere else to turn.

Now, after a short delay in the grand opening of Retreat of Atlanta (ROA) at 155 Greensboro Road in Eatonton, the new medical detox and residential services facility opened its doors on July 28 and is already treating patients.

Licensed to have up to 24 beds for substance abuse patients, ROA had a soft opening with 12 beds available and have filled all of them in less than 12 days.

“We did a soft opening with half of our beds initially,” said Beau Allen, National Director of Business Development. “We wanted to make sure our staff is fully operational before we get to full capacity. We had a good opening that exceeded our expectations. We were very pleased.”

As a 24-hour facility, ROA patients will have access to no less than four staff members at any given time and the treatment plans will be supervised by a doctor. With growth expected to reach capacity in the very near future, ROA will be addressing staffing needs continually, providing behavioral health technician opportunities for professionals from all walks of the medical profession.

“We are always looking for staff,” Allen said on Sunday. “We are here now and we are very grateful. The town of Eatonton has been super welcoming and we appreciate that.

“We are looking to get our staff properly trained and feeling comfortable and then we’ll go to full capacity as we get more comfortable.”

With substance abuse a big problem in our country, Chief Operating Officer Sean Harren, partner Jared Kirschner and Allen have pinpointed Eatonton as the location to help those suffering from substance abuse.

ROA will be fully staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They are recreating the program [Florida] that has already helped a lot of people. The goal will be creating that in Eatonton for this part of Georgia [central] and the Atlanta market.

Through the assistance of Patty Burns and the Putnam Development Authority, ROA was able to find the building that formerly was a hospice and it was love at first sight.

“We found this building and we were drawn to Eatonton and loved the small town feel,” recalled Allen. “We love the surrounding area, Lake Oconee, and there aren’t any substance abuse providers in the area.”

With a new business start-up cost of about $2 million, the principals are ready to get the doors completely open and help people in need.

“Our tagline is simple. This is a place to come and start again,” said Harren, at the helm since the early days of Retreat Broward. “It is coming along great. It is happening quickly and we got very lucky with this building because it was already in place and a lot of the furniture was already here and it was already laid out to fit what we needed.

“This is really a place where a person can come and just reset. I, myself, have been clean for over 11 years now so what I am doing is passing that torch on to people who are really suffering from the same disease I am suffering from.”

The programs offered aren’t the same exact number of days for each patient but Allen suggested a stay at ROA would likely last 21-28 days to prepare a patient for the next step in their journey.

“Primarily, we will be providing a safe, shorter term place for someone to come and get off whatever substance they are using,” Allen explained. “They will be detoxed fully under a doctor’s care while they are here. They will become free of all substances, feeling good psychiatrically and medically, stable and most importantly, going on to continue care and treatment.

When asked to summarize his message to the collective community, Allen paused for a moment before answering.

“The effects of substance abuse in all communities are devastating and we are here to be one of the many resources where people in this area can come and trust us in dealing with the effects of addiction,” he answered. “We are proud to be one of the providers coming to this area to provide top quality care and let people know there is hope and there can be recovery from addiction.

“We will be spearheading the local charge.”

For more information, call 762-366-0100.