Spiritual retreat center exits Palmer Woods after six-month NIMBY battle
Nearly six months of conversations with the Palmer Woods homeowner’s association and the City of Detroit have resulted in the difficult decision to relocate the residential portion of Breathe Life Healing Center’s program, after failing to reach a compromise.
“The Palmer Woods neighborhood association spoke loud and clear that they simply do not want any sort of ministerial work with people in recovery in their neighborhood, so I have made the difficult decision to relocate. Serving those recovering from eating disorders and substance use disorders in a clinically sound, spiritually robust program is my mission – not battling neighbors,” says Breathe Life founder Brad Lamm. “I felt led to
Detroit knowing that the underserved population struggling with addiction deserve the quality of care that Breathe Life has to offer.” Detroit will be Breathe’s third location and has been granted a clinical license from the State of Michigan to provide substance use disorder services.
“Breathe is looking forward to working together with the community to provide our insurance-friendly programs to help families recover,” says Chief Executive Officer Deborah Hughes, CAS. The company will announce an opening date in the near future.
About Breathe Life Healing Centers
Breathe Life Healing Centers provide support to change behaviors including nicotine addiction, eating disorders and substance abuse along with co-occurring disorders (e.g. trauma, depression, anxiety).
Breathe takes a unique two-pronged approach:
1) Individualized trauma-informed clinical care delivered by licensed therapists utilizing a broad range of therapeutic modalities combined with
2) Residential spiritual retreats in community settings designed to encourage serenity, self-reflection & life skills development.