New detox facility to offer evidence-based treatment

WARREN — A new addiction treatment facility opening up on Warren’s northwest side is taking the lessons learned from the evidence-based model of one of Warren’s existing facilities.

FSR Parkman is set to start accepting clients Feb. 19 at its 4390 Enterprise Drive location, and staff is already assessing clients to fill the 16-bed treatment center that will offer detoxification services, along with outpatient and extended-stay treatment.

Scott Wilkes, owner and CEO of the new facility, is new to the treatment facility business. The Akron-based geologist from the oil and gas industry, said he partnered with First Step Recovery, 2737 Youngstown Road SE, for consulting services because of the experience they bring to the table and the company’s attitude toward the clients.

“When you walk in there, there is a vibe of love and nurture. They care for the clients, they are really trying to make a difference and their model does just that,” Wilkes said.

The model is based on individualized recovery plans that don’t stop after a seven-day detox, but offer continued care.

Wilkes said he made his venture into the recovery world because he wants to make a difference.

“I want to be part of a solution, to do something to be a part of the answer,” Wilkes said. “I don’t want to just talk about what should be done, or be idle. I wanted to actually do something, to create something positive.”

In addition to adopting the model of First Step Recovery — Warren’s first detoxification center, which opened in 2015 — FSR Parkman recruited its medical director, Dr. Joseph Lydon, an addictionologist.

Cindy Woodford, CEO of First Step Recovery and director of consulting for FSR Parkman, said the new facility will benefit from Lydon’s attitude toward treatment.

Lydon said he doesn’t just treat the surface problems that result from substance abuse, but gets to know the person as an individual, looking at their whole history and life to understand how their addiction formed. He tries to get to the bottom of the personal pain and trauma that often leads to addiction.

Over the last few years, First Step Recovery has learned the best practices for getting a response from its clients, Woodford said. They block some cable channels that have programs showing substance use. But they don’t try to completely shield the clients from those types of images, in order to prepare them to re-enter the community, Woodford said.

“The clients might watch a music video with a counselor to discuss the images in a safe, recovery-minded environment. The counselor can guide the discussion and use it as a learning experience to demonstrate how to react to those images when they go home. But we don’t want that trigger the client without first giving them the tools to respond,” Woodford said.

The facility also made the choice to expand admission hours, to be there when someone is ready to get clean, Woodford said.

“When a client reaches out for help in a moment of clarity, we have to act on that. And those moments don’t follow a nine to five schedule. And because at any given time all of the detox beds in the area are full, we expanded hours to try to lessen the time someone might have to wait to get a bed. We don’t want them to lose their motivation to make a change,” Woodford said.

The facility will start with about 30 employees. It was awarded a one-time $250,000 grant for operations by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

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