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A new chemical dependency and mental health clinic has opened in Bozeman.

Alpenglow Clinic, a state certified chemical dependency and mental health clinic, primarily offers an intensive outpatient program, group and individual therapy and chemical dependency elevations.

The clinic also offers the state mandated DUI assessment, course and treatment program for those who are convicted of driving under the influence.

The clinic uses a trauma-informed approach to care, and shies away from medication-assisted treatments for drug use, said Chad Kingery, the clinical director of Alpenglow.

Kingery, who owns the clinics with his wife Kathryn, said Alpenglow aims to treat mental health and addiction concurrently.

That means diagnosing and treating mental health disorders, which can stymie efforts to become sober, while also treating the addiction.

“We’re kind of a co-occurring wraparound facility in what we do,” Kingery said. “... It’s kind of like a one-stop shop.”

On staff are both licensed addiction counselors and clinical professional counselors. Kingery is dual licensed, meaning he can see clients with both mental health and addiction disorders.

The only other state chemical dependency clinics in Bozeman are the Alcohol & Drug Services of Gallatin County and Western Montana Addiction Services.

While Kingery said there are still areas of need in Gallatin County for both mental and substance abuse care, Alpenglow should help ease some of the strain of other area resources.

“There’s so many people right now that are driving from Belgrade all the way to Livingston for their treatment,” he said. “There’s just a big bottleneck.”

Kingery opened the first Alpenglow Clinic in Kalispell in 2018 after years of work in mental health and addiction services in the Flathead area. Alpenglow also has a clinic in Butte and a remote office in Columbia Falls.

Alpenglow Clinic opened at 2216 Boot Hill Court in October. Providence Mental Health, which provides mental health care for families and adolescents, owns the campus on Boot Hill Court.

Alpenglow Clinic

BELOW: Chad Kingery, owner of Aspenglow Clinic, and Cinna Boyle, clinical director of Providence Mental Health, explain the partnership between the two clinics on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, at Aspenglow. ABOVE: Alpenglow Clinic began moving into its Bozeman office in October 2021. It also has clinics in Butte, Kalispell and Columbia Falls.

Having Alpenglow move into the campus felt “kismet,” said Cinna Boyle, the clinical director of outpatient services with Providence. It presented a unique opportunity for collaboration, she said.

“Often there’s a substance abuse component,” Boyle said of the people cared for at Providence. “So we have a direct referral source.”

When people served at Providence need additional care for addiction or substance use disorders, the referral will be right next door.

“Mental health doesn’t work, therapy doesn’t work, when a client is still using the substance,” Kingery said.

Often, referring patients to other clinics can get disorganized or discombobulated, which ultimately keeps the patient from getting care, Kingery said.

“(With addiction treatment) there’s windows of opportunity that open and close very quickly and if you’re not there to jump on it, then chances are addiction will do its thing,” Kingery said.

In the world of addiction, being timely is imperative, Boyle said.

“There’s a high lethality with addiction and that’s the scary thing,” she said.

The chemical dependency clinic treats all forms of substance addictions, from alcohol to methamphetamines or opioids, Kingery said.

Other forms of addictions may be treated as well, like gambling addictions, said Derek Hendrickson, a licensed addiction counselor at Alpenglow in Bozeman.

Having just opened, the clinic is now serving 20 patients with five employees in Bozeman, including Kingery and his wife.

Kingery thinks by next year the Bozeman clinic could be seeing about 200 patients on a weekly basis.

The Kalispell clinic serves about 120 people and Butte serves about 80 patients weekly, he said. The clinic accepts private insurance, Medicaid and Medicare and offers fees on a sliding scale.

Kingery, who has been in recovery for 15 years, said above all, Alpenglow aims to treat their clients like human beings.

“We embrace our clients, and we empower them,” he said. “We’re making them feel like they’re a part of our family.”

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