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BHOPB Applies Call Center Expertise in Work With DCF
Written by Ted Jackson   
April 2015

When CEO Alan Stevens was looking for a way for Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches, BHOPB, to give back after finding so many years of success, profits and growth over the past two decades or so in the addiction treatment industry, an opportunity came up through Florida's Department of Children and Families, DCF...



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Georgia-Based RiverMend Health
Written by Ted Jackson   
January 2015

Dr. William Jacobs has come home.

A Georgia native, he says, Dr. Jacobs appears to be taking advantage of one of the most interesting addiction medicine opportunities we here at Treatment Magazine have seen or heard of in a long time....

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FAU's Life of Purpose Puts Education at Treatment's Center
Written by Ted Jackson   
November 2014

Andrew Burki had a teenage experience that was as harrowing as it gets. He was sent to a Samoan island in what sounded to us here at Treatment Magazine almost to be in prison-like conditions, our guess that being the exact point which was to recondition Andrew...

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American Addiction Centers Looking to Buy Outpatient in NYC
Written by Ted Jackson   
November 2014

Amongst all the state addictions agencies, there is none more powerful, and few as active, as the New York state agency that is known in the treatment world mostly by its acronym, OASAS. The Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services latest is financing a much needed center that is focused on providing care for veterans that are returning by the many thousands...

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Austin's MAP Seeking to Solve Treatment's Outcomes Conundrum
Written by Ted Jackson   
October 2014

Austin is a city that has clearly over the last decade emerged as an identifiable addiction treatment "hub," the only new one to come to life really since South Florida, Arizona and So Cal became identifiable as private treatment's major hubs in the 1990s. What occurs naturally as a treatment hub develops is that, as more and more centers open, so do the ancillary parts of the hub develop, with the result that a strong recovering community emerges along the lines of those in Delray Beach, FL, and Newport Beach in Southern California....

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Operation PAR Moves Toward Private Reimbursement
Written by Ted Jackson   
September 2014

Founded almost 45 years ago by a mother concerned about her teenage daughter, the worried mother, Shirley Coletti, would sit up with her neighbor and friend, who in 1970 just happened  to be the State Attorney for Pinellas County and in a position and the kind of guy that could get things done. Fast forward almost four and a half decades later, and Operation PAR over the years took advantage of the many officials, both elected and appointed, who wanted to help and saw a need...

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Is Cartwright Going for the National Addictions Brand?  E-mail
Written by Ted Jackson   
December 2013

Just the name might give a clue to Michael Cartwright's intentions...American Addiction Centers.  Reappearing on the addictions stage after aggregating assets now known as Foundations Recovery Network - acquired this summer by none other than the Pritzkers of Chicago - the addictions entrepreneur has been aggressive indeed about building an impressive portfolio of  treatment assets. But most importantly, he appears to be building a national brand, which, if he is successful, will be the first time that someone has been able to do this since managed care unraveled 1980s attempts like Parkside....

 

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Sober College: Unique Melding of Addiction Treatment and Education  E-mail
Written by Ted Jackson   
December 2013

After nearly eight years at the helm of Sober College as its CEO and founder, Robert Pfeifer has a long history of involvement in the addictions industry on the youth treatment side, his roots going back to the earliest days of the therapeutic schools industry at places like CEDU, later at UHS after CEDU's absorption by the behavioral healthcare giant. His preoccupation with aiding troubled youth began in the street trenches...

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Utah's Steps Recovery: NIMBY Bedevils Affordable Care Expansion
Written by Ted Jackson   
September 2013

Mike Jorgensen is a church going man; and in Utah that means as often as not, of course, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or better known as the Mormon Church based in Salt Lake City. As Jorgensen explained patiently to the unordained here at Treatment Magazine, it is impossible to reach the highest levels of service within the Mormon Church if one drinks and drugs. That's how heavily within the church's strictures such activity is frowned upon. So, one would think that in Utah, where more Mormons roam than anyplace else, that the sight of a new addiction center going up would be a welcome one indeed ...

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As Malibu Beach Recovery Expands, Overall Malibu Market Sees Strong Census
Written by Ted Jackson   
December 2012

Malibu Beach Rewcovery's Brentwood HouseMalibu Beach Recovery Center, whose six-bed facility perched atop Corral Canyon is archetypical of the luxury addiction treatment drug rehab centers that have sprouted up through the high-end residential areas up the coast north of Los Angeles, has grown to 12-beds using the preferred method of expansion in the highly unique, and now famous, addictions treatment niche known as the Malibu Market. Malibu Beach simply bought another house which, under state wide California community mental health legislation, automatically entitled Malibu Beach to another six treatment beds irregardless of whether such expansion were allowed under local zoning rules...

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Ocean Drive: Caron's Ultra High End Addiction Charity
Written by Ted Jackson   
September 2012

The Day Lounge for clients at Ocean DriveOn a recent tour of Ocean Drive, Caron's new ultra high end addiction treatment drug rehab alcohol rehab center, the non-profit's Florida clinical chief Sid Goodman insisted Caron isn't playing the "amenities game." Seeing the incredulous look on the face of a reporter - who had just been treated to an hour's worth of high end clinical and housing sensory overload - Goodman was quick to clarify: "we don't tolerate any of this clients not going to group if they don't feel like it..."

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Lionrock Recovery: Online Addiction Treatment
Written by Ted Jackson   
May 2012

Ken Gregoire, CEO, Valley Hope which has an innovative distance treatment program that has served thousands in rural areasAbout ten years ago, based on his idea that telemedicine was the wave of the future that represented a way to get a grip on ruinous medical cost inflation, Barry Karlin started his eGetgoing Internet treatment venture that turned out to be a multi-million dollar flop. The CRC Health founder may have been distracted by the relatively easy money he was making at the time building the nation's largest chain of methadone clinics. In any event, eGetgoing was long on visionary pontifications and short on execution.

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Practical Recovery: AA Alternative Centers Proliferate
Written by Ted Jackson   
May 2012

Tom Horvath, an entrepreneurial psycholoigist and founder of San Diego's Practical Recovery treatment center, has for years been a thought leader in the AA alternative treatment arena.When Tom Horvath surveys the addiction treatment drug rehab alcohol rehab landscape, he sees a future where half of all addiction centers are non 12-step. While the market is not there yet, if it ever will be, it is certainly a fact that there appears to have been a shift in the higher end private addiction treatment centers, especially in areas like So Cal, toward alternatives...

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Kentucky's Bridge to Recovery
Written by Ted Jackson   
June 2009

Thirty five years this summer, Paul and Carol Cannon founded The Bridge to Recovery in the rolling hills of Kentucky not far from Bowling Green. Since then, Carol has emerged as among a leading therapists in codependency, her Hooked on Unhappiness becoming a pioneering text on unhealthy relationships and Bridge later on emerging as an equally pioneering addiction treatment center when it came to identifying the critical therapeutic nexus realtionship pathologies and substance abuse...

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Breakthrough: Caron gets on Trauma's Cutting Edge
March 2009

On a secluded hilltop near Caron’s famed Pennsylvania campus, a renovated mansion is the new home of Caron’s five-day Breakthrough program.In today's hotly competitive marketplace for the private pay dollar, venerable old line non-profit Caron has scored a big coup with a major revamping of a program whose roots stretch back to the 1980s, a short term offering that in its earliest incarnation was an innovative program aimed at the families of addicts.

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Nationwide a Dearth of Adolescent Treatment
March 2009

PaRC Treatment CenterHouston, just like other places around the nation, is a region that suffers from a dearth of treatment options for adolescents, a client target group that providers often avoid, or drop, due to myriad difficulties that can lead to vastly higher costs. But insurance reimbursements on the adolescent side - in private markets - often make it tough to tackle the particular difficulties of the sector and deliver quality care at the same time.

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Will Public Policy Mega Merger Make A Difference?
February 2009

Will Public Policy Mega Merger Make A DifferenceThere are few industries where matters of public policy are as important as in the addictions industry. Yet a nexus between the two, a place where public policy decision makers and addiction treatment firmly meet, does not appear ever to have formed nor exist in any meaningful way.

This became jaw droppingly obvious when virtually zero dollars of spending were allocated for addictions in recent vast stimulus bills thirsty for good, job creating spend ideas - of which there are plenty in the addictions arena.

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Hazelden's New CEO Hits Deal Ground Running
February 2009

Hazelden’s New CEO Hits Deal Ground RunningTaking over the CEO slot following the controversial departure of Ellen Breyer last spring, Hazelden's new top executive appears to have hit the ground running. Within a matter of weeks, after the board placed the reins in his hands last November, Mark Mishek had already flown twice to Florida in order to oversee - jump-start?- Hazelden's incredibly long-running effort to open a center in the key regional private addictions market.

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South Florida's Watershed Stays In Touch
December 2008

WatershedA major and highly key driver of the enormous success of South Florida's Watershed Treatment Programs has been its highvolume call center, Largely the brainchild and creation of now CEO Chris Crosby, the center is populated largely by employees culled from Delray Beach's deep pool of recovering alcoholics and addicts, who work in a high energy environment finding help for people answering tens of thousands of calls every month. So successful has the call center been at delivering census that the company's board has seemed content to rely almost solely on it as a marketing channel. But Crosby, whose industry experience spans decades, has seen quick, sudden often hard to explain, drying up of channels. Thus, he has counseled the board to find ways to diversify the sources of the center's client flow, a recent result of which has been a major alumni relations push.


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The River Source Thrives In Arizona Market
August 2008

River Source The success of The River Source in Arizona is proof that the path to prosperity for treatment centers often lies in finding very unique, yet highly successful, approaches to treating those afflicted with the disease of addiction. Located in the town of Mesa, The River Source is situated in one of the most densely populated areas for private pay treatment facilities in the nation, with such well known high end names like Sierra Tucson and The Meadows not far distant, as well as the nexus of affordable centers located in Prescott just a couple of hours drive away.

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New England's Gosnold on Cape Cod
August 2008
New England's GosnoldThe treatment market is one that has traditionally been severely bifurcated along payor mix lines, with centers, by and large, either being public, and getting virtually all of their funding from federal, state and local governments, or private, and getting their money via private pay and insurers. And never the two shall talk, with both sides even having their own associations, TCA for the big publics and Naatp for the private side of the business. That’s why it’s quite rare to find a center, one like $19M a year Gosnold on Cape Cod, that straddles both these worlds and their often competing demands. CEO Ray Tamasi has been with Gosnold since its early days and well knows the center’s roots as an institution that grew out of passage of the federal Hughes Act in the 1970s, which first gave public dollars for treatment.

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