New Treatment Facility Pursues “Green Building” with Platinum LEED Certification

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Alternative Treatment International (ATI) is pursuing Platinum LEED® certification as it plans design and construction of its new Naples facility.

Alternative Treatment International (ATI) is pursuing Platinum LEED® certification as it plans design and construction of its new Naples facility.

Located in Clearwater since 2002, ATI is a non-12-step holistic, dual diagnosis residential treatment center for alcoholism and substance abuse, psycho-emotional disorders, depression, trauma and eating disorders.

The LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System is a voluntary standard that designates an environmentally responsible building in the areas of sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality and innovation and design process. The ATI facility in Naples is being designed to achieve the LEED certification’s highest Platinum level, which is the ultimate achievement in Green building.

“Building Green fits seamlessly with both our business philosophy and our integrated Mind-Body-Spirit-EnvironmentSM approach to treating addictions and related emotional disorders,” said Dr. Alan Meyers, ATI founder. “We’re also excited by the prospect of becoming the first Platinum LEED facility of this kind in the state, as well as the only addictions treatment program in a Platinum Certified “green” facility in the world. Our goal is to set a new and higher standard of quality of treatment in the field of addiction and mental health programming. The treatment philosophy incorporates our unique “Perception Therapy®” techniques to aid our clients in the healing of their Mind-Body-Spirit and Environment and to promote successful recovery”.

Dr. Meyers and partner Julia Stewart have selected GreenTime, an Orlando-based environmental consulting firm, to add their expertise to the project, along with Heilman Architecture of Altamonte Springs; Engineering and Environmental Design, Inc., of Orlando; and Davidson Engineering of Naples. Groundbreaking is expected mid- 2007.

The new ATI facility will be constructed on a ten-acre parcel of woodlands located in Naples, Florida. Designed to provide rehabilitation services to 24 residential clients and 10 detoxification clients, ATI’s new home is being designed to blend naturally with its surroundings with minimal impact. A portion of the parcel will remain intact as “Florida Protected Wetlands” and will be used as an educational environment for clients, families and visitors from around the world”. With trails and meditation decks planned throughout the grounds, ATI will also provide a broad range of spa-like amenities and activities designed to nurture and heal its clientele. ATI’s individualized clinical therapeutic approach includes individual and group psychotherapy sessions, nutrition planning, fitness and alternative healing techniques.

Licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families, ATI is a member of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers and The Florida Drug and Alcohol Association. To learn more, visit


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