Contrary to its success now, Southwest Nu-Stop stemmed from very humble begins. It began as a vision in the mind of Dr. L Tom Reid. He was a recovering addict himself, and decided in an attempt to stay sober, to open a rehabilitation center. His first step involved going through the typical logistics and phone calls. All of his efforts led him back to a friend, who was the owner and proprietor of Sobriety Through Out-Patient, also known as STOP. They eventually decided to open a new rehab center together. Through this partnership, and after purchasing and renovating a building on North Broad Street, Nu-Stop was officially established.
In 1999 Dr. Reid decided to buy out his partner's share of the company, it was renamed Southwest Nu-Stop Inc., and Dr. Reid was the sole proprietor. What seemed like a smart business move, ended up costing him. Although he had the company and the license, he no longer had any clients. To solve this problem, he offered out-patient treatments to recovery houses in the city, thus re-establishing Southwest Nu-Stop as a premier rehabilitation center. In the same year, seeing how highly regarded SW Nu-Stop was, the city of Philadelphia asked Dr. Reid to set up a facility in Southwest Philadelphia. Dr. Reid, obliged and his search for a building led him to 5616 Woodland Avenue. As luck would have it, the owner of the space was a friend of his. Although Dr. Reid continuously stressed that he could not afford to lease the space, his friend lent a hand, and agreed to the best proposal that Reid could offer. In March 2005, Southwest Nu-Stop opened another facility, again on North Broad Street. On February 22nd. Southwest Nu-Stop purchased a new facility at 1609 Poplar Street.
Mrs. Theresa Reid joined Southwest Nustop in 2000, after retiring from The Philadelphia Department of Welfare with 30 Years of Service. Although Mrs. Reid originally wanted to provide temporary support to her husband's endeavor. After ten years at Nustop Mrs. Reid is currently the Chief of Operations.
Between its two locations, Southwest Nu-Stop has helped over 10,000 recovering addicts and counting. It is also one of the few facilities that offers scholarships to those unable to afford treatment. Nu-Stop has grown in so many ways since it was established many years ago, and only time will show what other success stories it will live to tell.