CLARKSVILLE — Those in charge of a new residential, abstinence-based addiction treatment facility in Clarksville say they want to make a difference in Southern Indiana, and they're ready to be part of the solution to healing the community of addiction.

Sunrise Recovery, a 35-bed facility, which provides medically supervised detoxification, therapy and recovery programming, opened Dec. 3 on Blackiston View Court in Clarksville. Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, CEO and 20-year internist in the U.S., said the center is aimed at healing the whole person.

"We take more of a holistic approach," Kapoor said. "Plus we want to give back to the community."

The 30+plus day program is aimed at anyone who needs help finding their way to the start of recovery from addictions — whether that be alcohol or a range of drugs. And although its leadership and staff say there can be some benefit to medication-assisted treatment under the right circumstances, it's not something that fits into their philosophy at the new center.

"I think that we're an abstinence-based facility sets us apart from a lot of the facilities around here," Cha'Reme Campbell, director of clinical services said. "Especially the community — they're embracing the fact that we're not only trying to get folks sober, but they are being discharged with no medication. That's going to keep them sober."

Kapoor said it's also about the price — MAT treatment (such as methadone or suboxone) can cost hundreds up to $300 to $400 per month, he said. When that becomes unaffordable to a patient, they may turn to cheaper street drugs.

"So what we have decided as a philosophy, we're just going to take it out completely — help them medically [detox] a few days, stabilize them and try to get them back into their lives," he said. 

The center, formerly a retirement facility, has been upgraded to feature things such as two-to four beds per room with memory foam mattresses, a family style kitchen, a workout room and a meditation room. After undergoing the initial days of detox, patients are then taken through comprehensive programming — which includes about 21 hours of psycho-educational groups and cognitive behavior therapy.

The canter is staffed 24 hours and has a team of physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners and psychotherapists. Patients who complete the program will also have one year of free follow-up services — case managers checking on them to make sure they are doing well in their environment outside the facility.

And the staff makes sure to help set them on the best path before they leave.

"We're looking at their social environment after they leave, what treatment they need following here, outpatient services...it could be helping them locate housing or a job," Campbell said. "We want to put them in a perfect position to prevent relapse."

It's expected to be March before the center is fully accredited to take all insurance types, after they've had a certain number of patients complete the program.

"But in the mean time, we're accepting all in-network benefits and we're trying not to turn anyone away," Brandy Phillips, Chief Operating Officer said.

And while they will be taking patients based on fees, they will do what they can to help those with less money get the treatment they need.

"We take this really personally," Campbell said. "A lot of us are either in recovery or have family members who have passed away through use or are currently in recovery or using. So our passion is more than just trying to get a bed filled just to get revenue."

Aprile Rickert is the crime and courts reporter at the News and Tribune. Contact her via email at aprile.rickert@newsandtribune.com or by phone at 812-206-2115. Follow her on Twitter: @Aperoll27.