Boyett Treatment Center celebrates grand opening

It's a trend we're seeing all over the nation, and it has a heavy presence in the Tri-State - opioid and methamphetamine use.

Evansvilles Boyett Treatment Center is moving to a bigger location in hopes of expanding their reach.

Wednesday was the grand opening of their newer and bigger location on Vogel Road.
The treatment center hopes the bigger space will allow them to expand their substance abuse services beyond opioids and alcohol to help even more patients by addressing other big issues such as methamphetamine.

President of the Boyett Treatment Center, Nate Boyett, says that meth use has not slowed down, but it doesn't get as much focus as opioids do.
Boyett, a former addict himself, hopes the move will equip the center to help even more people struggling with a broader variety of substance abuse cases. When it comes to their recovery approach, Boyett said it starts with empathy.

I've been in recovery for over a dozen years now. Methamphetamine was my drug of choice, but I've tried it all. I've done opiate, alcohol, everything. When someone who's been through it can really relate and empathize with somebody that is going through it, you're able to build that trust much easier than if it's somebody that has never gone through this before, Boyett explained.

Boyett received treatment at a homeless shelter in Louisville for eight months before becoming clean.

“It's where I got treatment, and I went through and all the people that showed me how to do it had done the same thing or were in the same spot the year before me. So you know they were people who went through the program and had the opportunity to go on staff and teach the people who were going through the program. So and that's what I kind of did too,” said Boyett.

After going finishing the program, Boyett joined the staff and worked there for about five months helping others like himself.

“It was the most rewarding thing I ever did,” he said.

He's continuing to help through own organization, Boyett Treatment Center. 

Boyett says the most important thing is prevention and education, especially with kids and underprivileged youth.

He says it can happen to anyone, and addiction doesnt discriminate.

Everybody is at risk. Addiction knows no boundaries. It doesn't care how rich or poor you are. It doesn't care if you're black or white. It does not care. If it gets a chance it'll grab ahold of you, and to me everybody is at risk. It just takes the wrong decision and the wrong situation, he said.

He is also passionate about getting rid of the stigma behind addiction.
“I feel that people need to be more understanding that this is a disease. Yeah there are some personal choices at the very beginning when it comes to actually picking up the substance, but after the substance is put into you, and you have the disease, and it's woken up, it's out of that person's control."
Boyett said that the coolest part of the job is when he gets to witness transformations happen, like his so many years ago.

“Once somebody really decides to make the decision to use the tools that are put in front of them. I call it watching a miracle happen. I get to sit here and watch a miracle happen everyday. I get to watch people's lives get turned around. I get to watch people. They walk in here, and they're just at their wits end, rock bottom. And then I get to see them a few months later, and I get to see that glow that's in their face and in their eyes."

A glow of freedom from substance abuse.

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