The Welwynn Outpatient Center team of caring professionals includes licensed and certified clinicians, fully trained in the treatment of substance use disorders. They are carefully selected to have extensive experience and expertise in working with the range of issues particular to high-functioning executives and professionals. All staff members who provide wellness services are also considered experts in their field.

Lewis Finch, Welwynn Founder & CEO/President

Lewis has enjoyed a long and outstanding career in advertising and marketing. He built a successful advertising agency that grew from a single-employee start-up over his garage, to a multi-million-dollar marketing firm that was voted the fastest growing business in Raleigh-Durham, NC in 1999.

Several years ago Lewis faced a turning point in his life when he confronted his alcohol addiction. He realized he needed help and left home and business for rehabilitation. Through his recovery and later while consulting for an addiction recovery clinic, Lewis recognized that many professionals are not able or willing to leave home and work to get help for their addictions. He also observed that high performing professionals responded better to therapy when participating with their peers.

His answer to this discovery is Welwynn Outpatient Center. Welwynn is the very first individualized intensive outpatient treatment center serving specifically executives and professionals, and providing the highest level of care in a setting with people to whom they most closely align.

“Our philosophy is one of empowerment, and our vision for you is lasting sobriety. We have structured a program of modalities and a staff of clinicians that have helped many executives, professionals and their families. As a recovering professional, I am committed to helping you realize that recovery, health and happiness are possible.”

J. Byron Brooks, PhD, Director of Clinical Services

Dr. Brooks brings over 20 years of addiction counseling experience to Welwynn. He has extensive expertise in working with high functioning executives with substance abuse issues in a variety of settings including public mental health, university counseling services, inpatient substance abuse and his private practice.

He is a Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS), a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS). He is also a certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and a Master Addiction Counselor (MAC). Additionally he has served as an adjunct faculty member for several local universities. These credentials make him uniquely qualified as the Clinical Director at Welwynn.

He earned his PhD in Counseling from NC State University after completing two (2) Master’s Degrees in Substance Abuse Counseling and Rehabilitation Counseling, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. In addition, he has an EdS in Counselor Education and a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Employee Assistance Program Counseling. His research interests include Cognitive Development and Personality Disorders.

“Welwynn’s mission is to provide the best outpatient environment in which to treat executives, professionals and their families who suffer from addiction. We realize that recovery is possible when the individual has the tools and support to combat this disease. Our evidence-based treatment plans provide the level of care needed in a discreet and safe environment giving the addict and alcoholic a chance in recovery.”