LIHU’E – An upscale drug and alcohol treatment rehabilitation center recently opened near Kilauea hopes to draw clientele from across the country to “a vortex of healing energy” on Kaua’i's North Shore, according to the center’s founder and CEO.
Described on its Web site as “an exclusive boutique recovery retreat treatment center for alcohol and drug abuse on the magnificent island of Kaua’i” and named for humanitarian Scott J. Lavin, who passed away in 1998 at age 48 after a battle with drug addiction, “The Scott” is now open for business and waiting for its first patients, Founder and CEO Kat Conway said Tuesday.
Conway, an entrepreneur who lived on O’ahu’s North Shore as a child and has now been sober for more than 20 years, spent more than a decade developing the concept since Lavin, her ex-fiancee, passed away.
She said she picked Kaua’i because “there’s something so special about the land” and “it reminds me of the old-time Hawai’i I used to know.”
Speaking on the phone from California, where she has designed the “Coola Hula” pool cover-up skirt, Conway said there are 32 treatment centers in Malibu alone, which gives alcohol and drug users “no place where they can go and hide out and really heal.”
While the admission prices for the center are not revealed on the Web site, Conway said they are “competitive” with other rehabilitation centers.
”We are vastly private and secluded. Our only focus is to change your life and help you learn to live a life of sobriety so that you can become the person that you were meant to be, ” Conway writes in a message on The Scott’s Web site. “ree from addiction and achieving new dreams that I personally promise are yet to be discovered! ”
The Scott has a roster of Ph.D’s and Psy.D’s and will be visited by world-renowned psychiatrists, therapists and art therapists, its Web site states.
The team already includes a state-certified addiction counselor, a holistic and Ho‘oponopono practitioner, and a neuroscientist and lomi lomi massage expert.
The 10,000-square-foot estate includes a spa and a path to a secluded beach. Up to eight patients at a time are served by a chef, trainer and butler. Conway declined to say where the center is located because she hopes it can keep a low profile that helps patients heal.
Dr. Brigitte Lank, a consultant to the center, is the former president of the Board of Directors for the National Council on Alcoholism and other Drug Addictions and has launched and consulted on several highly successful high-end alcohol and drug rehabilitation centers and frequently appears on ABC Nightline, a press release states.
While the center will seemingly target off-island patients, its success at serving its clients discreetly could eventually be a boon to local families struggling with drugs as well.
In addition to the creation of local jobs, Conway said part of the proceeds from The Scott will be donated to the Scott J. Lavin Foundation, a nonprofit organization that has among its goals the treatment of recovering alcoholics or drugs users on Kaua‘i and throughout the Hawaiian Islands.
Conway also committed to having one space available for someone who cannot afford the intensive treatment if the nonprofit receives enough donations, and said she hopes to one day open a nonprofit residential treatment center or sober living house for the people of Kaua‘i.
For more information, visit www.the-scott.com.
Michael Levine, assistant news editor, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 252) or email@example.comRead Less