LORAIN — Sprenger Health Care cut a ceremonial red ribbon Wednesday on Silver Maple Recovery, a 41-room residential addiction recovery center.
Located in the former Premier Soccer Academy at the southeast corner of North Leavitt Road and Tower Boulevard, the facility is expected to start taking clients early next month, administrators said.
CEO Nicole Sprenger told a crowd of invited guests — including city officials, business leaders, health care providers and Sprenger Health Care employees — that the two-year project to make Silver Maple Recovery a reality happened “with a lot of work, dedication and learning.”
“It’s a really special thing that we’re doing this,” she told the crowd. “It’s very special to me that we’re able to make this happen.”
Sprenger thanked the architects, designers and city officials behind the “extremely smooth” process of getting the building ready for clients in addiction recovery.
Originally designed as a dormitory and training center for northern Ohio native and U.K. soccer star goalie Brad Friedel’s Premier Soccer Academy, the facility cost between $9 and $11 million to build, according to media reports. It closed a decade ago, a victim of the recession and other financial problems.
In August, Sprenger Health Care Systems finalized the $2.6 million purchase of the property and announced plans to turn it into an acute detoxification and residential addiction treatment center.
Jason Coe, director of operations at Silver Maple Recovery, led media and guests on a tour of the two-story facility. The first floor houses offices, treatment rooms, conference and meeting rooms, a dining room and a large gym and workout space.
The second floor has individual rooms for men ages 18 to 64 going through acute detoxification, along with two-person bedrooms for those in residential recovery. Residential clients will be allowed to stay for up to 90 days, Coe said.
The wide hallways, light colors, artwork on the walls, new furniture and flooring give the facility a welcoming feeling. Coe said that is on purpose.
“It’s easier to stay with good accommodations,” he said, noting that the facility is one where clients will stay voluntarily.
There are some restrictions to keep distractions at a minimum: The two-person bedrooms for male clients do not have TVs, and cell phones are not allowed.
Having a roommate going through the same process helps clients socialize and get re-acclimated to social situations.
“Part of what you’re dealing with in addiction is isolation,” Coe explained. “We want our clients to focus on rebuilding their social skills.”
Twenty-four-hour, seven-day-a-week registered nursing staff will be available for clients, along with addiction-certified physicians and certified nurse practitioners to make sure of “safe withdrawal” from substance abuse in a medically assisted setting, he said. Two psychiatrists and related mental health practitioners also will be available to clients.
Group recovery meetings will be held at the facility as well for those working a program or wanting to start, Coe added. Female residents will be added at a later date, he said.
Private insurance only will be accepted to start, Coe said, though Silver Maple probably will work to obtain permission to accept Medicaid and Medicare sometime in the future. Admissions also will be 24/7.
More information on the facility and what it offers can be found at silvermaple
recovery.com. Information on how to seek treatment also is available there.
Additional outpatient addiction, wellness and recovery services will run through Sprenger’s Health Care’s Westlake location until Silver Maple is ready to provide them.
That process is pending state certification, but such services could be ready as soon as May, Coe said.