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How to Train Your Brain for Health and Weight Loss with Author Holly Stokes the Brain Trainer

How to Train Your Brain for Health and Weight Loss with Author Holly Stokes the Brain Trainer

February 19, 2016


Holly Stokes, also known as “The Brain Trainer” Master NLP Practitioner, Certified Coach and Hypnotherapist & the author of A Lighter You! Train Your Brain to Slim Your Body and A Lighter You, a Health Coach’s Guide to Nutrition in Action joins eHealth Radio and the Addiction Prevention and Weight Management Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Holly Stokes discuss the following:

  • You wrote a weight loss book, did you ever struggle with your weight?
  • In your book you talk about brain habits and how to change them, how did you come to be ‘the brain trainer’?
  • How is your program different from other diet programs?
  • Can you give us an example of how ‘brain training’ works.
  • Does the same process and principle apply to smoke cessation?


Duration: 12:02


Having a clear plan and knowing what to do is important, but it is not enough. What really gets in the way of whether we follow through on our goals are old habits, mental blocks, underlying fears, lack of motivation, self criticism and self sabotage. And these are all mental patterns wired into your brain!


Holly began working with at-risk teens as wilderness counselor where she worked closely with psychologists to help teens overcome addictions, learn positive communications and build self-esteem. This led her to finish her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Portland State University.  While doing her coursework, she was fascinated with research on the brain which inspired her to certify in Hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming. NLP looks at how the brain codes information and how we can use that code to effect personal change at a foundational level.


In her continued search for professional development she later added Master NLP Certification, NLP Health Certification and Thought Pattern Management. This spectrum of modalities gives Holly a unique perspective on human behavior, motivation and achievement. Through an interactive and participatory approach, Holly loves to engage the audience on the journey of personal discovery through her seminars and workshops.&


Ms. Stokes has authored two books and professionally recorded several CDs designed to change negative mental patterns. In June 2010, she released her first book, A Lighter You! Train your Brain to Slim your Body which offers mental strategies for changing the old habits, cravings and mental blocks around weight gain. She has created several “Train your Brain” audios designed to ‘rewire’ the brain for health, happiness and success.  Her articles have appeared in Healthy Utah magazine, she has been quoted in Shape magazine, Active Times and has appeared locally on ABC’s ‘Good 4 Utah’ as well as several radio show appearances.


Education & Certifications

  •  Psychology BS: Portland State University, Portland, OR
  • M.NLP: Certified Master Neuro-Linguistic Practitioner, NLPCA San Francisco, CA
  • NLP Health Certified Coach, NLP Coaching Institute, San Francisco, CA
  • C.TPM: Certified Thought Pattern Management Practitioner, ALI, Portland, OR
  • Certified NLP Coach, Choices, Seattle, WA
  • CHt. Certified Hypnotherapist, Apositiva, Portland, OR


Website: www.TheBrainTrainerllc.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheBrainTrainerllc
Twitter: www.twitter.com/hollystokes

Academically Focused Substance Use Disorder Treatment

Academically Focused Substance Use Disorder Treatment

December 4, 2015


Andrew Burki the CEO and Founder of Life of Purpose, the only substance use disorder treatment facility in the nation located on a college campus joins eHealth Radio and the Addiction Prevention and Health News Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Andrew Burki discuss the following:

  • Tell me a little bit about how you got into the addiction and treatment line of work?
  • Can you tell me about Life of Purpose and the type of treatment programs you offer?
  • I heard that Life of Purpose recently joined the MAP Recovery Network. Can you tell me about the network and how it benefits what Life of Purpose is doing?
  • What can we do to bring more attention to this chronic disease?
  • What advice would you give someone who is suffering from this disease or a family member trying to find help for their loved one?.


Duration: 25:08


Andrew Burki, MSW, founded Life of Purpose Treatment in Boca Raton, Florida in 2012 after enduring his own journey of addiction, failed treatment, and, since 2001, recovery. Andrew spent his late adolescence at a number of addiction treatment facilities, which encompassed various approaches to recovery from chemical dependency. Consequently, his substance abuse derailed his high school education.


Having highly-educated parents who studied at Harvard and MIT respectively, the interruption of Andrew’s education was a source of tremendous shame and distress for him and served as a barrier to ongoing recovery. After treatment episodes at multiple institutions, he arrived at a highly-regarded extended care facility in Boca Raton, Florida in 2001, a facility that provided him the clinical care necessary to produce a successful outcome.


Unfortunately, it was also there that his parents, then weary of their son’s many failed attempts to recover, were advised by a therapist not to support his college attendance until he was continuously clean and sober for five years, a commonly-held recommendation in the addiction treatment industry. Just shy of five years, however, Andrew’s parents encouraged him to return to school where he studied psychology and went on to receive a Master’s degree in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University.


Since that time, Andrew has spent his professional and academic career developing the Life of Purpose model, based on the philosophy that young people, need a reason to want to stay clean and sober. Higher education, more than any other environmental factor, helps produce this desire in that it fundamentally changes the way people in early recovery perceive themselves.


Andrew also serves on the Board of Directors for both The Delray Beach Drug Task Force and The Crossroads Club.



Website: www.lifeofpurposetreatment.com


Social Media:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/lifeofpurposeFL
Twitter: www.twitter.com/LifeofPurposeFL

The harrowing experience of helping her son navigate his addiction

The harrowing experience of helping her son navigate his addiction

December 1, 2015


Anita Devlin, the author of the compelling new memoir entitled S.O.B.E.R: an acronym for Son of a Bitch Everything's Real, a gripping book that tells a story of addiction through the eyes of Anita and her son, Mike joins eHealth Radio and the Addiction Information & Health News Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Anita Devlin discuss the following:

  • Tell us all about your memoir S.O.B.E.R*: A Story of Addiction Told by a Mother and her Son- why you decided to write it, and what message you wish to share with the release of this book.
  • It’s incredibly common, especially today in the midst of an epidemic, to hear about deaths and overdoses due to heroin, but what isn’t as common are the stories of how drug addiction affects the families. To what extent should a family be involved in recovery? 
  • How was Mike’s recovery affecting you? Did it make you sick at all? 
  • How was this journey ultimately YOUR recovery as well?
  • It’s a well-known phrase among family members of addicts going through denial to say things like “not my son/daughter,” or “this can’t happen to us.” For you, it was more like, “don’t tell anyone.” What was your experience like of trying to maintain the perfect family image, and being fearful about admitting the truth that was going on with Mike?
  • Addiction is a struggle that perhaps no one understands more so than those who have lived it, and those who have loved an addict. Where does your strength come from and how do you find ongoing support? How are you involved in the recovery community and with mothers of addicts today?
  • Tell us about how Mike has changed, and how you have changed as a mother, in Mike's sobriety. What are some of the most important lessons you’ve learned? 


Duration: 17:38


Anita Devlin is the co-author of a compelling new memoir entitled S.O.B.E.R.*, an acronym for Son Of a Bitch Everything’s Real. In a phrase, that’s how Anita felt during the harrowing experience of helping her son navigate his addiction, which eventually led to his recovery. Her son & co-author, Michael Devlin Jr., has been sober for nearly five years.


S.O.B.E.R.* is uniquely written from two perspectives, simultaneously: Anita, grappling with the stigma of her son’s addiction, fearing for her son’s life and struggling to understand the disease of addiction; alongside Michael, suffering emotionally and physically while in the grips of the disease, and his empowering message of recovery after months in treatment.  Theirs is a story of struggle, hope and faith that has been called by many “a family love story.”  Addiction professionals have raved about the book, which aims to put real faces to the disease.


Anita is an addiction advocate for mothers, who have children suffering from addiction. Anita offers support and advice by speaking at parenting groups and treatment centers throughout New York and New England. She also makes the time to speak to any mom around the country who needs her support, aiming to make them understand that they are not alone. Anita’s message always includes that addiction is a family disease: the whole family needs to be in recovery/therapy in order for everyone to heal.


Anita was awarded the Woman of The Year award in 2013 by the National Association of Professional Women for her writing. Professionally, she has worked as a producer and casting director for more than 20 years and currently has four shows in development, one of which focuses on helping mothers of children suffering from addiction.


Anita lives in New York City with her husband, Michael.



Website: www.anitadevlin.com
Amazon: http://t.co/DbXdZRxsf0

Current State of Drug Use in America

Current State of Drug Use in America

July 8, 2015


Per Wickstrom the Founder of Choices Recovery, a holistic treatment center for substance abuse joins eHealth Radio and the Addiction Information & Health News Channels to discuss the current state of drug use in America.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Per Wickstrom discuss the following:

  • What are the top three substances that you treat patients for in your programs?
  • What new substance/drug scares you the most?
  • How can society as whole tackle the issue of addiction?
  • Is addiction increasing or decreasing worldwide and why?
  • What is the one thing that you would tell a person who has a loved one who is suffering from substance abuse?


Duration: 17:16


Wickstrom's own experience with drug and alcohol addiction is lengthy. He was first introduced to alcohol at the age of 13. Growing up, I watched my dad come home and drink after a hard day's work, says Wickstrom. "I reached for a drink and felt better and ultimately found solace in alcohol. He began to dabble in marijuana as well and was eventually kicked out of his house at age 15. Living with people much older than himself, Wickstrom was introduced to cocaine, creating a futher downward spiral into addiction.


After years of drug abuse and multiple rehabs, 15 years ago Per Wickstrom finally he graduated from rehab and decided he wanted to help others enjoy the same life-affirming success.  His dedication and perseverance in opening a rehabilitation facility has resulted in lasting recovery forthousands of clients. One goal Mr. Wickstrom believed in was to provide a natural approach to treatment that would serve as a solid foundation for clients to build on after leaving his treatment programs.  To accomplish this goal, he developed programs to include protocols for addressing emotional, behavioral, spiritual and physical aspects of addiction.  In this way, the client benefits not only from overcoming the physical dependence, he or she also develops strong coping techniques, strategies for avoiding temptation, and new ways of approaching life in general. "We don't tell you what you have to do to achieve peace and sobriety," says Wickstrom..."we show you, so that you have the power to make changes for yourself."



Website: www.choices-recovery.org

Treatment of co-occurring disorders at Lucida Treatment Center

Treatment of co-occurring disorders at Lucida Treatment Center

March 8, 2015


Dr. Christopher La Tourette La Riche, Medical Director at Lucida Treatment Center, a comprehensive substance abuse and mental health center in Palm Beach, Florida joins eHealth Radio and the Addiction Prevention and Mental Health Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Christopher La Tourette La Riche discuss the following:

  • What are co-occurring disorders?
  • Why does substance abuse frequently co-occur with other mental health issues?
  • Tell us about the Dual Disorder Program at Lucida Treatment Center.
  • Why is it important to use a humanistic approach that treats the whole person, not just the disease?
  • What advice do you have for those who may be suffering from co-occurring disorders regarding treatment?


Duration: 22:27


Christopher La Tourette La Riche, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist, award-winning psychotherapist and board-certified addiction psychiatrist. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and specializes in treating patients with addictive disorders, anxiety, depression, panic disorder, bipolar disorder and adult ADHD, using a humanistic approach that treats the whole person, not just the disease.


Dr. La Riche entered medicine after a career in education and the arts. He received a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from Yale University and a master’s degree from Columbia University. Dr. La Riche received his medical degree from the Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico where he graduated with clinical distinction. He completed his internship and residency in psychiatry at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, and received his fellowship in addiction psychiatry from the University of Miami. Dr. La Riche is a fluent speaker of six languages (English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, German and French) and treats clients in all of these languages.


He is currently writing a book on recent advances in addictive disorders and cognitive deficit/cognitive health post-addiction for families and patients. His publications include book chapters and journal articles on the topics of addiction, the neurobiology of depression and child abuse. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Addiction Medicine and Therapies.



Website: www.lucidatreatment.com

The risks of alcohol use with Joe Schrank

The risks of alcohol use with Joe Schrank

February 2, 2015


Joe Schrank, a social worker and recovery advocate and Founder of TheFix.com joins eHealth Radio and the Addiction Information & Health News Channels. Joe has advised communities and schools about issues with drugs, facilitated countless interventions. Joe also runs a treatment and recovery program in NYC, Rebound Brooklyn.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Joe Schrank discuss the following:

  • Is marijuana safe?
  • What are the risks of alcohol use as we age?
  • Is there a way to best approach someone we think may have a problem with alcohol or other drug use?
  • How would I know if I have a problem with alcohol?
  • Is total abstinence the only way to address a drinking or drug use problem?


Duration: 10:31


Sober for 18 years, Joe Schrank is an interventionist and community advocate. After a tenure as a residential therapist at Promises in Malibu, California, Joe returned to NYC to discover a recovery culture in great need of growth and development.


In 2008 Joe founded the Core Company a full service consultation firm dealing with all issues regarding substance abuse including assessments, treatment consultations and placements, interventions, crisis management, and transitional living at loft 107. Determined to give the 23 million Americans a voice in the media, Joe produced a show for A and E called "one man rehab". After a short but glorious TV career, Joe decided to stick to watching TV and turned his attention to journalism, founding the nations leading journalistic enterprise dedicated to addiction and recovery, Thefix.com.


Joe has facilitated hundreds of interventions and collaborated on hundreds of cases with Dr. Scott Bienenfeld. Joe continues to be a depressive and alcoholic despite many years of sobriety. He is on the board of the Nation Youth Recovery Foundation heading the lobbying efforts in Washington for drug policy reform and support of people in recovery. His hobbies include watching baseball, over eating, and avoiding human contact.



Websites: TheFix.com | ReboundBrooklyn.com

BioCorRx Inc., the treatment of alcoholism with its revolutionary Start Fresh Program

BioCorRx Inc., the treatment of alcoholism with its revolutionary Start Fresh Program

February 22, 2014


Brady Granier, the COO of Fresh Start Private Management Inc, soon to be BioCorRx Inc. that specializes in the treatment of alcoholism with its revolutionary Start Fresh Program that is used my independent clinics joins eHealth Radio and the Addiction Prevention Channel.


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Listen below to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Brady Granier discuss the following:

  • Tell us about BioCorRx formerly Fresh Start Private?
  • Have any Clinical Trials Been Conducted on the Start Fresh Program™?
  • What types of people are taking advantage of the Start Fresh?
  • What is Naltrexone and what are its common side effects, and does it cure alcoholism?
  • What is the Outpatient Implant Procedure?

Duration: 15:08


During the twelve years prior to joining BioCorRx in June of 2013, Mr. Granier had been involved in sales management, media sales and business development. Mr. Granier was employed at Clear Channel Media & Entertainment (“CCME”), where he had served in several positions from Account Executive to Director of Business Development and Local Sales Manager. Mr. Granier has also served as the Healthcare Category Manager for the Los Angeles division of CCME, the largest media company in the United States.


During his tenure at CCME and other media companies, Mr. Granier worked on marketing campaigns for local businesses and physicians, as well as for National brands such as Neutrogena, New Line Cinema, Paramount Pictures, Samsung, AT&T, Coke, Dr Pepper, Hansen’s, Honda, MGM, Universal Studios and more. He also managed endorsements on the radio for Ryan Seacrest. In 2006, Mr. Granier received the coveted Pinnacle Award from CCME for being the top sales executive in the Western region. While serving as Director of Business Development, Mr. Granier grew new business by 49% in his first year in that role.


Mr. Granier was born and raised in the heart of Cajun Country in Southeast Louisiana where he starting working at the age of eleven to help support his single mother and younger brother. After graduating with honors from high school, Mr. Granier attended college at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA. Mr. Granier earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 1995 and was a member of Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society and Phi Kappa Theta.


During his nursing career, Mr. Granier specialized in the critical care areas of ER/ICU/CCU and CICU. He also moonlighted as a home health nurse, critical care air transport nurse, and TV studio set medic. In 1996, Mr. Granier moved to California as a travel nurse and spent most of his remaining years in healthcare as the charge nurse in the emergency room at White Memorial Hospital in downtown Los Angeles. Mr. Granier continues to reside in the Los Angeles area with his family. Mr. Granier has also been a volunteer with Big Brothers of America. 



Links: www.BioCorRx.com


The Addictions Academy, offering a sober companion service

The Addictions Academy, offering a sober companion service

January 30, 2014


Cali Estes of The Addictions Academy and The Addictions Coach joins eHealth Radio and the Addiction Prevention & Stress Management Channels. The Addictions Academy offers certifications to professionals who want to continue their education in addiction. They also offer mobile rehab, sober coaches and addiction therapy for clients.


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Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Cali Estes discuss the following:

  • What are the certifications you created?  How are these different than what is already on the market? What is NAADAC and what does that mean for your company?
  • Your company offers mobile rehab. What is that and how does it work?
  • What is the sober companion and recovery coach service you ofer?
  • How did you get into this industry?
  • Who is your ideal client?

Duration: 8:46


With over 18 years’ experience as a Therapist, Life Coach and Wellness Coach, Cali Estes is currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Cali has been featured on NBC Universal News, MSN Money, Entrepreneur and Max Sports and Fitness for her work with Addictions and published in several journals and books with her work on ADD and Relationships. Cali’s multidimensional approach focuses on getting to the underlying cause of the problem and working in the present to combat her client’s issues by creating a safe and secure environment for her clients to learn and grow and tackle life challenges. Her unique background blend of psychotherapy, life coaching and wellness coaching allows the client to get to the underlying cause of their issues quicker, safer and produce results faster.


In addition to being a prominent therapist and coach, Cali Estes has presented at National conferences and is currently a National (NAADAC) and CADAAC supported Continuing Education Provider. She founded The Addictions Academy and has teamed up with Diversified Intervention Group to offer Recovery Coaching, Intervention, Anger Management and Family Recovery Coaching Certifications to Professionals Internationally. She has presented nationally and internationally and is a sought after Sober Coach and Life Coach to Actors, Musicians, CEO's, Doctors, Sports Figures and Attorneys that need 100% Confidentiality when dealing with life issues.


Cali Estes is an interactive, solution-focused therapist, coach and mentor. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.



Links: www.theaddictionsacademy.com and www.theaddictionscoach.com


Addiction and Relapse Prevention National Recovery Month with Ben Brafman of Destination Hope

Addiction and Relapse Prevention National Recovery Month with Ben Brafman of Destination Hope

September 11, 2013


September is designated as Addiction and Relapse Prevention National Recovery Month. On this episode of eHealth Radio and the Mental Health Channel, we have Behavioral health expert Ben Brafman, the founder and CEO of Destination Hope, a full-service mental health and substance abuse treatment facility located in Fort Lauderdale, FL with gender specific treatment.


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Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Ben Brafman discuss the following:

  • September is the 24th annual National Recovery Month, but for those suffering from addiction even those who have been in recovery a long time, each month is recovery month. What is the significance of having a national recovery month and do you think recovery month has made an impact on substance abuse education and treatment over the last 24 years?
  • This year's Recovery Month theme is Pathways to Wellness, highlighting the importance of mental, physical, and emotional well-being as part of the recovery process. This is something you've been focused on throughout your career and something that you have made a tenet of your treatment programs. Why is overall wellness such an important part of substance abuse and mental health recovery?  What can be done to improve an individual's overall wellness while in rehab?
  • One of the things we keep seeing in behavioral health research is the value of family, friends, and community members throughout the recovery journey. How can family members help loved ones suffering from addiction improve their wellness and overall health?
  • On that note, your center, Destination Hope offers intensive family counseling weekends. Why did you start holding these family weekends? What impact have you seen from these weekends
  • In the past 24 years how do you think the behavioral health field has changed? What do you see happening in the future?


Duration: 16:19


Ben Brafman, LMHC, CAP, is the Clinical Director, President and CEO of Destination Hope, a nationally recognized substance abuse and dual diagnosis treatment facility in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  With more than two decades of hands-on experience in the field of substance abuse and addiction, Ben is a leading authority on substance abuse, addiction and treatment protocols.  A licensed behavioral health counselor and certified addiction professional, Ben has grown into an industry expert, educating both healthcare and public audiences on issues in the field of addiction.


In 2007, Ben founded Destination Hope, a new model in full service addiction recovery. Combining his experience as an addiction tech, behavioral health counselor and clinical director, Ben developed treatment protocols that focused on individualized treatment, versus an all in one approach.  His unique approach, to treat an individual as a whole instead of a set of symptoms by addressing the psychological, physical and emotional issues related to substance abuse set a new standard in addiction treatment.  Destination Hope was an immediate success, and today has expanded into multiple treatment programs including separate female and male treatment programs.


Ben has experience serving clients and leading therapy programs at a variety of residential, clinical and outpatient behavioral health programs.  Ben is a Member of the Mental Health Association, the Broward County Task Force on Drugs and Alcohol and a member of the Dual Diagnosis Association.  He is a nationally certified counselor, a certified addiction professional, a licensed mental health counselor and an anger management specialist.  Ben has served as an expert witness in DUI/drug cases.


As a behavioral health counselor, Ben is dedicated to helping those beyond the treatment facility.  He is an active volunteer with Community Friends Association, and co-founder of Southern Lights A.I.D.S. project.  Ben has been awarded community service commendations from the Salvation Army – 1990’s Community Service Person of the Year and the Spirit of the Community Award in 2000.

Ben Brafman holds a BA from Syracuse University and a MA from Barry University in Mental Health Counseling and Family Therapy. He and his wife live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with their three wonderful children.   He has completed three marathons and is training for a triathlon.


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Links: www.drugrehabfl.net


Book Your Care, the first digital marketplace in the United States for healthcare

Book Your Care, the first digital marketplace in the United States for healthcare

August 3, 2013


Dan Reynolds, the Vice President of a Southern California-based startup Book Your Care which is the first digital marketplace in the United States for healthcare joins eHealth Radio and the Technology and Health Care Channels. Book Your Care is focused specifically on the substance abuse and eating disorder industry to help consumers make the best choice on their path to wellness.


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Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dan Reynolds discuss the following:

  • Substance abuse treatment is a $30 Billion a year industry yet consumers seem to have very little to work with when deciding on the best treatment and facility. Was filling this hole the main motivation for launching BookYourCare?
  •  How does BookYourCare get the information you provide to consumers seeking treatment?
  • What kind of insight can be gained from an unbiased review of a facility?
  • What are a few of the most important questions someone needs to ask when speaking with a treatment facility representative?
  • Are there red flags that people should look out for when considering a treatment facility?
  • Having been around so many treatment facilities, what are the factors that make some better than others? 
  • BookYourCare is the first digital healthcare marketplace where consumers can actually bid on treatment. How does this work?
  • What is the long-term goal of BookYourCare?

Conclusion:

Until now, people seeking substance abuse treatment options have had one of two avenues available to determine the best choice for care. Either through the marketing claims of the facility itself or by word of mouth. BookYourCare is the first and only service dedicated to providing consumers with the real information they need to make an informed decision. We wouldn’t buy a new car without checking out the safety reports delivered by an unbiased agency and we shouldn’t make potentially life-saving decisions without having as much information as possible either.


Duration: 19:50


Dan Reynolds, Vice President of BookYourCare.com, has served in a variety of capacities in the substance abuse treatment industry for more than 15 years and worked closely with thousands of patients and their families in psychiatric, adolescent and substance abuse treatment facilities. Based in Los Angeles, Dan oversees the Book Your Care review and analysis process and is committed to providing the most factual and pertinent information possible to those seeking addiction treatment.




Links: www.bookyourcare.com