Magazine article Addiction Professional

Enterhealth Life Recovery Center

Magazine article Addiction Professional

Enterhealth Life Recovery Center

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The layout of the recovery center that was opened for business at the end of 2008 by Dallas-based Enterhealth reflects the organization's stated aim to treat the "brain, body and soul" of its clients. The private-pay residential center located north of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area is located on a 43-acre tract with rolling hills, man-made lakes, walking trails and athletic facilities ranging from basketball and volleyball courts to a putting green. Benefiting from what the scenic rolling hills of this part of Texas afford is clearly meant to constitute an important part of the therapeutic experience.

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"We can't do beaches and mountains, but we can do beautiful terrain and country land," David Kniffen Jr., Enterhealth's president, says of a region that he describes as having a dearth of high-quality treatment options. "There is a real serenity here. You're less than an hour from downtown Dallas, but you feel like you're a million miles away."

The Life Recovery Center is the first residential operation of a company established to offer comprehensive addiction treatment services that include medication therapies, neurotherapy and wellness plans. Kniffen says Enterhealth looked at about two dozen sites before settling on the 6,000-square-foot estate home and surrounding land on the border of Grayson and Collin counties.

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Some minor modifications to the main building took place, but its natural stone exterior and mesquite hardwood floors already gave it an inviting, lodge-like feel that program administrators were seeking. The main goal was not to resemble a hospital-like environment in any way, says Kniffen, a relative newcomer to the treatment industry who worked as an attorney before joining Enterhealth two years ago. …

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