Proposed Methadone Clinic Director Defends Program

By KBJR News 1

April 9, 2012 Updated Apr 9, 2012 at 6:15 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - According to Chad Braafladt, the Director of the Superior Treatment Center, methadone is a necessary, affordable, and effective way of treating opiate addiction.

He says it helps quell the withdrawal process that is noted for extreme physical pain and, in some cases, death.

Braafladt claims methadone treatment in both pill and liquid form would also save the city money, keeping opiate addicts out of emergency rooms, jails, and probation officer supervision.

He added that the proposed clinic, Ridgewood Recovery Incorporated, would be different from the existing Lake Superior Treatment Center, in that it would incorporate therapy with treatment.

"We're going to do something different at our clinic. We're going to provide group and individual therapy along with the drugs. So, with a combination of those two things, we believe we'll have a much higher chance of helping people eliminate this bad addiction from their life," said Braafladt.

Braafladt added that Ridgewood Recovery Incorporated would be a locally owned and operated facility, and would have a significant impact on the Northland economy.