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From the Desk of Our CEO: New Year’s Challenge

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

From the Desk of our CEO: New Year's Challenge

As an avid sailor for more than 30 years, I have learned to set sail knowing there are new challenges and discoveries that lie ahead. No sailing trip is like the last, and although I plan my route, I leave expecting the unexpected. I’ve spoken with many patients and alumni at The Treatment Center regarding how they feel about the holiday season, and I have learned that for them, it is a lot like setting sail.

For those in recovery and their family members, there will be new obstacles to overcome as well as lessons to be learned this new year, with many of them being unexpected. While this time of year can present its difficulties, it also presents many opportunities to reflect positively on the path that led to this new life in recovery, and to embrace the renewed hope for the future.

The New Year’s Challenge

Many view the New Year as a time to promise themselves to become better in some way, but the truth is, those in recovery have already begun navigating their way to a better life. My New Year’s challenge to all of you is to embrace your journey by learning to expect the unexpected, welcoming each new discovery that lies ahead, and being grateful that this year’s challenges can be overcome, if you take them one day at a time.

On behalf of all of us at The Treatment Center, thank you for allowing us to become part of your lives. We are grateful for the opportunity to work in an industry where we see the hope restored to people’s lives day after day. I wish you all a wonderful and safe holiday season.

So, will you sail along with me and take the New Year’s challenge?

Best Wishes,

Bill Russell, CEO

From the Desk of Our CEO: Meier Clinics

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Bill Russell - CEO of the Treatment Center

Since we first opened the doors of The Treatment Center nearly six years ago, our focus has always been on individualized care, and we have never lost sight of that. We recognize that each patient comes to us with a unique background, needs and concerns in regards to their addiction. Our staff understands the importance of treating the spiritual and mental aspects of addiction as well as the physical.

Many of our patients desire a treatment program that incorporates spirituality into their recovery. The Road to Freedom, our Christian-based treatment program, has fulfilled this need by allowing patients to restore their lives through the power of the gospel.

In an effort to expand our treatment options, we have partnered with Meier Clinics. With offices in ten states, Meier Clinics is known throughout the mental health industry for pairing Biblically based beliefs with psychological perspectives. They provide outpatient treatment to those suffering from anxiety, depression, trauma and an array of other disorders.

Our new partnership allows us to offer comprehensive mental health and behavioral health options from a spiritual perspective. When patients complete the Road to Freedom Program, they can continue to receive Christian counseling on an outpatient level with Meier Clinics. Additionally, if patients at Meier Clinics need residential treatment, they can receive comprehensive care at The Treatment Center.

We are excited that this new partnership allows us to serve our patients, alumni and the community more effectively. Although, The Treatment Center is expanding our treatment options, we will continue to offer patients the highest level of care.

Best Wishes,

Bill Russell


From the Desk of Our CEO: Reflecting on 2014

Friday, December 26th, 2014

Bill Russell - CEO of The Treatment Center

In a few short days, we will once again ring in another new year. As I do every year, I take time to reflect on the past year’s events and appreciate the accomplishments that have been achieved.

I’m grateful to witness and be a part of our patients’ progress. Every day, I am inspired by the growth our patients make. They come to us battered and broken from their addiction, yet they leave here hopeful for what a future in recovery brings. It is their growth and tenacity that motivates me, as well as the rest of The Treatment Center staff, to reach more people who are affected by substance abuse and mental disorders.

One of our New Year’s resolutions for 2014 was to expand our circle of care. We are able to do this by opening up the Teen Treatment Center and collaborating with two well-known organizations, Meier Clinics and Focus on the Family. These endeavors allow us to spread the message that treatment works.

At The Treatment Center, we are excited for what lays ahead. In 2015, we will continue to break the stigma of addiction by hosting another Winning the Battle Over Addiction conference and other educational events. We have several other projects in the works, and we will share them with you in the upcoming months.

Until then, may 2015 bring you and your loved ones peace, joy and happiness!


Best Wishes,
Bill Russell, CEO

From the Desk of Our CEO: Run for Recovery

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

As The Treatment Center family grows, we are able to touch more lives that have been affected by addiction and mental health disorders. However, as healthcare professionals, we feel that we have a responsibility to serve not only our patients, but the community as well.

One way that we serve the community is by providing our time and resources to several nonprofit organizations. This Saturday, November 22, we will be the main sponsor for Fern House’s annual Run for Recovery 5k race at Dreher Park. The race will be held in West Palm Beach and will begin at 7:30 a.m. Proceeds from the event will allow Fern House to continue their life-giving mission.

As a nonprofit residential rehabilitation center, Fern House helps indigent men get back on their feet. Their six-month program helps men achieve sustained sobriety and become productive members of society. Since 1983, they have helped 4,300 men recover from drug and alcohol addiction.

Since Fern House does not accept federal, state or local tax dollars, it is crucial for the organization to raise funds at this race and other charity events.

Millions of Americans go untreated for addiction every year, and nonprofit organizations like Fern House are doing their best to chip away that this number. We ask that you lace up your sneakers and walk or run for this worthy cause.

If you would like to pre-register for this event, please click on this link.


Best Wishes,
Bill Russell, CEO


From the Desk of Our CEO: The Art of Recovery

Monday, September 15th, 2014

For many people, September is a significant month. It marks the start of a new school year, the beginning of football season and the end of summer. For those of us in the substance abuse and mental health field, September is also a momentous time—it’s National Recovery Month.

This national observance educates the public on how addiction treatment and mental health services can allow individuals with substance use and mental disorders to live healthy, rewarding lives. In addition to teaching the public about addiction, Recovery Month gives treatment programs the opportunity to celebrate their successes.

With over 20 million people suffering from drug and alcohol addiction, it is imperative that The Treatment Center continues to spread the message that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can live long, happy lives in recovery. Every day we see miracles occur at The Treatment Center. Patients come to us in the depths of addiction and they leave treatment with renewed hope and a sense of purpose. For this reason, we ask you to join us at The Art of Recovery to celebrate the successes of our former patients and the millions of Americans who are thriving in recovery.

In honor of Recovery Month, we will host The Art of Recovery on September 26-27 at Within: Books Boutique Café in Lake Worth, FL.
This free, two-day event will highlight the talent of local artists, musicians and poets. Through their creative work, these artists will share their experiences of hope and strength that recovery brings.

The Art of Recovery will feature an:
• Open mic night on Friday, September 26 from 7-10 p.m.
• Art exhibit on Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

We invite everyone to attend this event regardless of their age or their affiliation with the recovery community. For additional information about The Art of Recovery, please visit or call (561) 922-0313.

Best Wishes,
Bill Russell, CEO


From the Desk of Our CEO: On Family Support

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

After spending three decades in the substance abuse treatment industry, I have seen firsthand how drug and alcohol abuse affects the user and their loved ones. Substance abuse not only causes chaos and devastation in the life of the user, but in their family members’ lives as well. Due to the destructive nature of drug and alcohol abuse, it is also crucial for the family members to receive help during this trying time.

The Teen Treatment Center staff is dedicated to restoring hope in teens and their loved ones. To assist parents of troubled teens, we are now offering monthly support meetings at Within: Books Boutique Café. The Family Support Group for Parents of Teens was created to offer guidance and support to parents who have teenagers that are dealing with substance abuse issues. We recognize the need for parents to have a safe, non-judgmental environment where they can freely discuss their concerns and struggles.

The first family support group meeting will be on August 13th and will be held on the second Wednesday of every month thereafter. The free, hour-long meetings will start at 6 p.m. and will be led by Kari Weeks, our family therapist at Teen Treatment Center. Kari has experience counseling adolescents, couples and families.

During these meetings, parents will have the opportunity to learn more about substance abuse, conflict resolution and communication skills. Our hope is that parents will walk away from these meetings with new insight and restored optimism.

By creating this support group, we hope to heal families that have been affected by teen substance abuse. We realize that a teen’s substance abuse can put a huge strain on the family, but we want parents to know they aren’t alone. If your teenager is abusing drugs or alcohol, we encourage you to attend these meetings. To register for the meeting, please contact Kari Weeks at (561) 214-9259 or by the joining the Facebook event here.

Best Wishes,

Bill Russell, CEO



From the Desk of Our CEO: Why Laughter is the Best Medicine

Friday, April 18th, 2014

It’s important to take time out of the day to enjoy life. I have learned from watching our patients that one of the greatest gifts in recovery is their ability to appreciate life again. There is a saying, “laughter is the best medicine,” that I’ve come to grow quite fond of. It is a great feeling being able to hear our patients able to laugh and joke again. Sometimes, hearing a heartfelt laugh from a patient is their first sign of healing.

With the opening of Within: Books Boutique Cafe, we are able to reach our patients and the community in new ways. One of these is by hosting events that will bring inspiration and healing to their lives. Next month, Within: Books Boutique Cafe is presenting a comedy performance by Mark Lundholm. As a well known recovery comedian, we are sure that Mark will make this an enjoyable night. The event will be held at The Borland Center in Palm Beach Gardens and will begin at 7:30pm. To learn more about the event and how to purchase tickets, please visit the following website:

We are looking forward to hosting an event where those in the community can come together for a night of laughter and fellowship. We hope to see you there.

Best Wishes,
Bill Russell, CEO

From the Desk of Our CEO: On Understanding Addiction Recovery

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

When a family does not have prior knowledge about addiction or recovery, it can be difficult to understand why their loved one is unable to stop their drug or alcohol abuse. Too often, addiction is incorrectly associated with a lack of willpower or character flaws. Although society is taking great strides in raising awareness, many people do not realize that addiction is a disease. At The Treatment Center, raising awareness and helping individuals and families understand addiction recovery is our priority.

Before we can begin to explain the recovery process to families, we must help them understand addiction. It is a chronic disease that takes over all aspects of the addict’s life. When a person abuses drugs or alcohol for an extended period of time, it causes neurological and psychiatric changes to the brain. These changes make quitting much harder than simply having good intentions or a strong will. In the YouTube videos, “What is Addiction?” and “The Cycle of Addiction” our medical director, Dr. Ignatov, addresses the nature of addiction and the combination of factors that play into it.

By educating families about the addiction recovery process, they are able to better support their loved ones. Addiction takes each person on a unique, destructive path. One of the most important things to understand about recovery is that it takes time. Recovery is a commitment to persevere through every day’s obstacles, triggers and doubts. When an individual enters recovery, their journey is just beginning.

The lack of awareness and understanding of addiction recovery holds many back from receiving the help they need. I am fortunate enough to witness the miracle of recovery on a daily basis. It is our hope that our continued effort to raise awareness will encourage those affected by addiction to reach out for the help they deserve.

Best Wishes,

Bill Russell, CEO

From the Desk of Our CEO: On Managing Anxiety in Recovery

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Learning how to manage anxiety in healthy ways is a major part of recovery. At The Treatment Center, it is our responsibility to supply our patients with the tools they need to cope when they walk out of our doors. With anxiety being a leading cause for relapse, learning how to manage this trigger is a major part of the healing process.

Early recovery comes with a lot of anxiety for recovering addicts. After being caught in the grips of addiction, healthy coping mechanisms are destroyed. During this time, anxiety is dealt with in negative ways that can lead to the abuse of alcohol and drugs. At The Healing Center, our holistic therapy services have proven to reduce the anxiety that occurs during early recovery. Learning to control of these emotions is among the many tools we share with our alumni. We realize how crucial it is for our patients to learn how to deal with anxiety in order for them to continue new, healthy lifestyles.

There are millions in the U.S. who struggle with these feelings on a daily basis. At Within: Books Boutique Cafe, we are able to reach our community with the resources to learn about healthy coping mechanisms for these types of issues. On March 21st, we are hosting a book signing with author and speaker H Michael Zal. He will be discussing his book, “Ten Steps to Relieve Anxiety: Refocus, Relax and Enjoy Life.” In this book, Dr. Zal illustrates how to handle anxiety in ten easy to follow steps.

We encourage anyone who struggles with anxiety to attend. We look forward to hosting an event that will provide resources to those who are struggling in the community and help them lead happier, healthier lives.

Best Wishes,

Bill Russell, CEO

From the Desk of Our CEO: Teen Treatment Center Grand Opening Event

Friday, February 21st, 2014

During my years in the mental health and substance abuse treatment field, I have encountered thousands of individuals whose struggles began in their teenage years. Through recognizing the need for adolescent care, the Teen Treatment Center was created. We will be providing treatment for teens aged 14-17 who are struggling with mental health issues, behavioral disorders and substance abuse. Our team of professionals are dedicated to restoring families and helping teens live happy, healthy lifestyles.

One of the aspects of the Teen Treatment Center that sets us apart is our focus on healing the entire family. Through comprehensive family therapy, we are able to educate parents on their teen’s condition and address the difficulties of raising an adolescent who is struggling. Parents are also taught healthy communication skills and how to identify and resolve conflicts once their teen is back at home. By providing the entire family with the skills to work together, teens will have a more seamless transition back home and a better chance at a successful recovery.

With the Grand Opening of the Teen Treatment Center, we are looking forward to taking another step towards serving our community as best we can. Together, our experienced staff is prepared to heal families from the destruction these conditions cause. At the Teen Treatment Center, there is hope for teens and families who are struggling.

Best wishes,

Bill Russell, CEO

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