A National Directory of Drug Treatment Centers and Alcohol Treatment Centers, Therapists and Specialists. A free, simple directory providing assistance and guidance for those seeking help regarding alcohol addiction, drug addiction, dependency and many other conditions that affect the mind, body and soul.
Call 800-580-9104 to speak with an alcohol or drug abuse counselor.

Recovering addict opens outpatient treatment center

It was 2006, and drugs and alcohol ruled Clark Converse’s world.

Down to eating out of trash bins, Converse, 36, asked God for deliverance.

“While I was in treatment, I prayed that I find love again and to one day open my own treatment center to help other addicts like me,” he said.

Two years ago, the love prayer was answered when Converse married his high school sweetheart, Mamie.

This past Friday, the rest of his prayer came to be when he opened A Bridge to Recovery, an outpatient treatment center in Southaven.

“I couldn’t manage my own life three years ago, and now look at God,” Converse said at the ribbon-cutting of the center at 8829 Centre St.

Surrounded by family and business partners, Scott and Kostas Gilbert, Converse beamed as he talked about the center.

A Bridge to Recovery will specialize in outpatient treatment for adults struggling with drug and alcohol addictions, trauma and other mental health issues.

It will also offer intervention and group and individual counseling. The center also offers a unique referral program, where patients are referred to other treatment centers if A Bridge to Recovery does not or cannot meet their need.

Patients can pay for treatment through their private insurance or out-of-pocket. But if patients can’t pay, they will not be turned away, Converse said.

” I want to be the guy in DeSoto County and Shelby County for those who have lost hope,” he said. “My goal is not to make money, but to help.”

This will be the second A Bridge to Recovery center in Mississippi. The Gilberts opened the first center in Ridgeland, outside Jackson, in 2007.

Kostas Gilbert and Clark Converse are childhood friends who grew up in Jackson.

The old friends reconnected after Converse, sober and working for a treatment center in Memphis, shared his dream of opening his own center one day.

“We were getting a lot of people from DeSoto County at our center, so we knew there was a need for this center in this area,” said Scott Gilbert, who also battled drugs and alcoholism.

Located in a business office suite off State Line Road, A Bridge to Recovery in Southaven will begin taking patients April 6.

Converse, who will serve as the director of business development, is in the process of hiring the clinical staff and office manager.

“My faith makes me a good dad and a good businessman,” said Clark Converse, surrounded by his wife and their four children. “All of this is God-orchestrated, and I am blessed.”

source: http://www.commercialappeal.com

More Treatment & Detox Articles

You want treatment?

I had an interesting Blog Comment from Pavel Nepustil, a Czech republic NGO worker and PhD student, currently in Houston, USA, on a Fullbright Scholarship. Pavel came over to see us in Cardiff last year and we decided we would work together. He is one bright ‘cookie’ and very dedicated to this field. He got….

Continue reading

Housing Homeless Alcoholics Cuts Public Costs, Alcohol Use

Permanent housing for homeless patients with ongoing drinking problems can help reduce medical and social costs and lower alcohol consumption, researchers here said. In one year, the so-called “Housing First” program cut costs from about $8 million to $4 million across the study sample, Mary E. Larimer, Ph.D., of the University of Washington, and colleagues….

Continue reading

Over-age drinking

December is the booziest month of the year, as Canadians increase their alcohol intake by about 35 per cent. That’s a lot of eggnog. That puts us even higher than the Italians, who drink about 30 per cent more than their monthly average in December, according to figures from a British think tank. At least….

Continue reading

The big problem – drugs and alcohol

I started needing alcohol in the morning to function “Generally, people don’t have a clear concept of what the treatment for drug addiction is … they come either with no expectations or with various expectations,” said Dan Wolf, psychologist and managing director of The Gap and First Step, two drug rehabilitation centres in Johannesburg. “People….

Continue reading

Bracelet monitors offenders' alcohol intake

Like a protective Big Brother, Northwest Kansas Community Corrections has an arsenal of gadgets it uses to monitor the behavior of the inmates it oversees. One of the most promising up-and-coming devices being used is the Scram alcohol monitoring bracelet. Worn on the ankle, the bracelet uses samples of insensible perspiration through the skin to….

Continue reading