Drug, alcohol clinic leaving Daphne

By: DAPHNE, Ala. (AP)
By: DAPHNE, Ala. (AP)

A drug and alcohol treatment center in a Daphne residential area will close following neighbors' complaints.

Michael Handley, CEO and founder of Destin, Fla.-based Townsend Recovery, says the outpatient clinic will close next week because of fewer patients and declining profits. But Handley also says the community's "lack of understanding" about addiction treatment contributed to the decision.

The clinic has operated for a year at Mercy Medical Center on Villa Drive.

City Council member Cathy Barnette, a past president of the Olde Towne Daphne Association that opposed the clinic, says the issue was whether the clinic was suitably located in a residential area.

The city plans to go ahead with a Jan. 20 meeting to discuss revoking or denying renewal of Townsend's license.

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