TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - Kimi Recovery Center opens in Twin Falls to assist those who have addictions to substances and also extends to a mental health treatment center.
The center opened on Nov. 1 and is located on the corner of Second Avenue and Gooding Street.
Co-owner and licensed counselor Kelly Smothers has been working in substance abuse for the past 15 years, along with the other owner.
"We've both started at other agencies and ran other agencies for other individuals and just decided that it was time for us to go out on our own and do this on our own," Smothers said.
The recovery center is an outpatient substance abuse and mental health treatment center offering many different services.
"Such as intensive outpatient treatment, relapse prevention," she continued. "We have anger management, parenting, moral recognition therapy."
She said they will eventually have domestic violence classes as well and currently take walk-ins.
"I don't believe in making a client wait. Usually that window of opportunity from when they come in and when you can get them in treatment is very short, so you need to get them in treatment as soon as possible," Smothers said.
Although they have not taken any court clients in yet, they will see self-paid clients.
"We're in the process of getting state funding with what's called Business Psychology Association. They're the state funding agency who pretty much pays for the clients to come to the treatment," she said.
Smothers said as a recovered addict herself, she knows what the lifestyle is like and wants to help those who need it.
"We're not doing this for the money, we're doing this to help people so they can get to the point where I'm at," she said.
She said the outcome of clients is why she is still in this profession.
"There's a lot of rewards that go along with working in this line, with watching somebody be able to succeed and change their life," Smothers said.
As for people who have an addiction, but don't think they are addicted, she said they have to realize it on their own.
"If you start seeing a pattern of your use, your use is causing problems with your home life, it’s causing problem with family, you’re losing friends over it, then you might want to look at some stuff because you might have an addiction problem," she explained.
She wants people to know that addiction recovering can take a long time.
"It is a process that they have to go through and treatment is as an important part of that process to be able to remain clean and sober," she said.
Her experiences make her want to help others achieve their goals.
"I’m really proud of the person I’ve become and that I’ve went back and got my education and done the things that I needed to do, and now I’m helping other people to hopefully achieve those same kind of things," she said.