The long-vacant nursing home at 785 Main St. has a new life: a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center.
According to the Middlesex Registry of Deeds, Walden LLC sold the building to Landmark Recovery in 2018. Since then, the Franklin, Tennessee based recovery provider has been working on getting permits, getting licensed and getting ready to open.
According to Concord Building Commissioner Paul Creedon, Landmark has completed upgrades and renovation and holds an occupancy permit. The company did mostly cosmetic work, Creedon said. An existing kitchen was upgraded, bathrooms improved, a new fire alarm system installed, and a new coat of paint added. A deck was built on the back.
According to Jessica Tate, vice president of quality assurance for Landmark, opening day is slated for October 6.
“We will be opening a pod [a group of 15 patients], people who come into the program together,” Tate said.
Landmark in Concord will have a capacity of 111 beds. Patients come from a variety of referral services, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, and the criminal justice system, Tate said.
According to Tate, the average length of stay is between 28 and 35 days. Patients typically begin at a detoxification level of care, she said. When they are stabilized, they move into the residential phase of treatment, and eventually move out into the community, she said.
There are currently 14 Landmark facilities up and running nation-wide. The Concord clinic will be the first of its kind in Massachusetts, Tate said.
“The clinical programs we offer are really our bread and butter,” Tate said. “We use master’s degree-level clinicians for both group and individual therapy.”
Landmark clients attend six hours of group therapy a day and individual therapy once a week. They have family visit times on weekends, she said.
The company offers what Tate called a trauma-focused program, acknowledging addiction and trauma are linked in both cause and effect.
“We aim to resolve that underlying trauma,” she said.
According to its website, Landmark has ties to Massachusetts – founder and CEO Matt Boyle started his career with Boston Consulting Group before joining the family business as director of strategy and development for Landmark Senior Living before founding Landmark Recovery.