Neighbors split on drug rehab clinic

A new drug-rehabilitation facility is set to open next month, despite an objection from at least one neighboring resident.

SelfRefind will open Aug. 7 at 1338 Colegate Drive with 100 openings for patients. Those 100 initial patients will be cared for by Dr. Richard Henthorn, said Keith Tiemeyer, public relations director for SelfRefind, of Danville, Ky.

Chad Walters, owner of Get It Performance ATV and Motorcycle, 1340 Colegate Drive, said he’s concerned about the proximity of the clinic to his business.

He has had some thefts since October and fears that will happen again once the clinic opens. He said an air conditioner was taken two weeks ago, and during an October break-in, he lost two motorcycles and other items. The motorcycles were returned, however.

“I put a bunch of money to keep them from breaking into the building and stealing stuff from the inside,” Walters said. “How do you keep people from stealing stuff on the outside?”

He said he has called the city administration with his concerns.

‘That’s what I need is a bunch of druggies laying next door to me,” Walters said. “It’s going to be nothing but trouble.”

The treatment offered at the clinic is based on Suboxone, which helps patients with opiate addictions reduce how dependent they are on drugs. Suboxone reduces withdrawal symptoms a patient might have with normal withdrawal from opiates.

Other residents in the area say they’ll support the new business.

“(The patients) have to get help somewhere,” said David Haught, owner of DLH Design, 1406 1/2 Colegate Drive. “I don’t see it as problematic to business or the safety of my clients or staff.”

The outpatient clinic “allows people to lead regular lives and keep their jobs without totally upsetting their lives,” Tiemeyer said.

The company already has 15 locations, and the Marietta clinic will be the third for Ohio. Clinics already have opened in Chillicothe and Portsmouth.

SelfRefind Government Liason Michele McCarthy said it is not uncommon for nearby business owners to be uneasy about drug treatment programs because they don’t know what to expect or they have had a negative experience with others.

“People who come here are getting treatment and are getting their lives back together,” McCarthy said. “They are more likely to stop committing crimes and work on taking care of their families.”

McCarthy said the facility personnel use drug testing, counting their prescriptions and other methods to keep the recovery going.

“We have a drug problem in our area,” said Marietta City Councilman Steve Thomas, D-3rd Ward. “We lost our grant for a drug court. … We need help dealing with drug addictions in our area.”

The program also offers couples’ addiction counseling, counseling and drug testing.

Patient fees fund the private company. Insurance or Medicaid might cover the fees of $350 per month if made in one payment or two $200 payments per month, if split. Between 10 percent and 20 percent of patients self pay, Tiemeyer said.

“I’m not worried about it being too close,” said Carla Ruble, branch manager of Pioneer Home Medical, 1400 Colegate Drive. She said she didn’t want to approach the issue judgmentally.

The owner of the building, Garold Greenlees, could not be reached for comment.

“It probably sounds like a good thing,” said Larry Bradfield, of 109 Colegate Woods Drive. “I don’t know who it’s funded by or who has to pay, but if it helps drug addicts, it’s probably pretty good.”