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New 22-bed rehab center opens in Boise

Northpoint Recovery is a new state-licensed, 22-bed detox and residential treatment center for adults in Boise.

CEO Benjamin Seymour of Eagle, and co-owner Robert Cooney of Boise, invested their personal funds in the $1.5 million project. The center employs 45 people and pays 100 percent of the cost of employees’ health insurance premiums.

“Boise has needed a detox center specializing in treating addiction for a long time,” Seymour says. “For years, those of us working with addicts have had to send people out of state to find these services. ... Now we have a program specifically for addicts and alcoholics in Boise.”

Northpoint offers 24-hour, 365-day-a-year addiction treatment, alcoholism treatment and detoxification for alcohol, heroin, prescription drugs, stimulants and other addictive substances. After a patient detoxes, Seymour says, Northpoint offers inpatient counseling and aftercare planning, as well as yoga and exercise.

Q: What did you do previously?

A: I have been in the addiction treatment field since 2000. Prior to opening Northpoint Recovery, I started an outpatient treatment program in Boise called Ashwood Recovery and worked nationally providing intervention services for families struggling with an addicted individual. I did not intend on opening a detox center, but it became extremely apparent it needed to be done here.

I really wanted to create a program where I would put someone in my own family if ever needed. That was our litmus test.

Q: How did you and Cooney team up on this business?

A: I have known Robert Cooney for several years. We ran into each other at a wedding. He was relocating to Boise, and we discussed the dire need for a program like this in The Treasure Valley. Robert and I brainstormed and created our plan in May of 2014. We purchased our building in June 2014 and broke ground immediately. We then began hiring the best clinical and medical team possible. We can’t take the majority of the credit, since we have an awesome team behind us.

Q: What makes Northpoint Recovery unique?

A: I have been where our patients are at, when they are in crisis. I struggled with alcoholism for many years and entered recovery in 1998. Most of our staff has a personal connection and passion for the work we are doing here. That is the main thing that sets us apart.

We are also the only privately funded, free-standing residential detox center in the Treasure Valley. Northpoint Recovery is the only facility not taking any form of state funding, county funding or Medicaid. We strictly utilize private insurance and private funding. This helps to protect the clinical integrity of the program. Federal and state dollars come with regulations that, we feel, can impede the treatment process. We wanted to make sure our medical and clinical teams did not drown in paperwork and could actually focus on the patients. This creates better treatment outcomes.

Q: What challenges have you faced, and how have you met them?

A: Opening a facility like this is no minor undertaking. First, we had to find the building. Building specifics are extremely stringent, as we will be seeking accreditation with the Joint Commission [an independent organization that accredits and certifies health-care organizations].

The city of Boise also had very specific guidelines they wanted us to follow. Our construction budget was doubled due to a change in our zoning category. We had to demolish the interior of the entire building. From there, we had to factor in the regulations of all the bodies that would be regulating and needing to approve our facility. Once those were all reconciled, a plan had to be formulated that met everybody’s rules.

We also had to simultaneously start the hiring process and build the infrastructure of our administrative staff, create our clinical and medical protocols, and create the program from scratch. Luckily, Robert and I have been in the industry a long time and were able to hand-pick a great team.

Q: What do you hope to achieve in three to five years?

A: Our vision is to change the way people in the Treasure Valley view addiction and treatment. Recovery is possible, and there is hope.