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Publisher's Note
"Ted, Do You Have a Minute...?"
May 2007
A little over a year ago, Hanley Center CEO Terry Allen asked me to step into his office. I had been waiting in the executive office foyer for development director Terry Lehman to discuss a cover story we were planning on Hanley, which was one of Treatment Magazine"s biggest advertising clients.

Saying "Ted, do you have a minute?" Allen waved me over, and, as I always enjoyed talking to Terry, I walked in with a big smile on my face. That's when he dropped the hammer: "Ted, we've heard that you were arrested on possession charges." Smile gone, I told him it was true, and, full of fear, I wailed: "Oh no! You're gonna pull your ad contract!" Terry assured me that this was not necessarily the case and, indeed, after he became convinced that all was well with me and the magazine, Hanley has remained a valued client to this day. I write this here not because I enjoy making my travails public - just the opposite, I am afraid even as I write this, and I have had troubles since - but because this month's Special Report: When CEOs Relapse compels me to.

As the CEO of Mag Publishing, the publisher of Treatment Magazine, I know what it's like to relapse and then see my whole career, and everything I had worked for, suddenly flash before my eyes.

It's an experience that happens to someone in this industry of 200,000 or so staffers, great and small, likely every single day. With the vast majority of the treatment industry's owners, executives and clinical staff being in recovery, employee relapse is a far more prevalent business risk in the treatment industry than in any other. And if you think, if you relapse, that you might get a little more love and tolerance from your addiction industry peers, based on their supposed greater understanding of addiction as a disease they themselves often share, it's not always the case. At Naatp last year, someone left a derogatory note at our booth asking me: "How was jail?" As I do not know for sure who wrote that note, let me take the opportunity to answer them here: "IT SUCKED!"

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