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DATE: June 18-20th, 2019

LOCATION:

Caesars Palace
3570 Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109

ADDICTION CAMPUSES VP OF ADMISSIONS OPERATION NAMED ONE OF THE TOP 100 HEALTHCARE LEADERS OF 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 7, 2019) — Addiction Campuses is proud to announce that Executive Vice President of Admissions Operation Jenny Zyak has been selected by The International Forum on Advancements in Healthcare – IFAH as one of the Top 100 Healthcare Leaders in 2019.

Jenny Zyak joined Addiction Campuses in March of 2019. In just a few months she has dramatically improved the systems and processes of the Admissions Center.

“I’m proud to be part of the Addiction Campuses family,” said Zyak. “Our call center is a critical first step in connecting families and individuals with life-changing resources. It’s an honor to be recognized for a career I’m passionate about that provides help to so many.”

Zyak has been leading call center operations for over 20 years. With experience in telecom, online education, retail energy, and behavioral health, Jenny’s experience ranges from large scale operations with as many as 35 contact centers and 18,000 representatives, receiving 181,000 calls per day, to startups with 10 representatives receiving 100+ calls per day.

Zyak’s award will be conferred at the IFAH Conference taking place at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas June 18th- 20th 2019. The event brings together 1000+ healthcare professionals from across the world on a common platform. Participants include startups, hospitals, manufacturers, technology providers, insurers as well as government agencies.

If you are interested in speaking with Jenny Zyak please contact The Office of Public Relations at [email protected].

MEDIA CONTACT:

Erika Lathon
Public Relations Manager
(615) 594-5982
[email protected]

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ABOUT ADDICTION CAMPUSES:

Addiction Campuses offers a plethora of effective, innovative addiction treatment programs from industry leading professionals who help build a comprehensive life in recovery beyond the standard 30-day plan. With four unique campuses in different regions of the country, our staff creates a program tailored specifically to your personal struggle with addiction with the help of therapies related to music, art, equine, wilderness, etc. Addiction Campuses’ Treatment Specialists have the tools to place a client into any of our treatment centers within a 1-hour time frame allowing a person to begin their road to recovery almost immediately. If you or someone you love is battling addiction, you can call our 24/7 helpline at 1-888-614-2251 or log onto www.addictioncampuses.com.

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DATE: April 22, 2019

LOCATION:

Addiction Campuses
Office of Public Relations
205 Reidhurst Ave.
Nashville, TN 37203

ADDICTION CAMPUSES ANNOUNCES MATT MORGAN AS NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, ENHANCES COMMITMENT TO QUALITY PATIENT CARE AND GROWTH

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 22, 2019) — The Addiction Campuses Board of Directors announces it has tapped Matt Morgan to serve as its Chief Executive Officer and Board Member. After conducting a nationwide search to find a leader who brings expertise in growing and scaling a company to the next level, Morgan joins Addiction Campuses with extensive experience as a multi-site healthcare services executive. From hospital system leadership to hospice and home health, Morgan has a distinguished career building large scale companies with passion, innovation and hard work.

Morgan has served nearly 10 years as Chief Executive Officer and senior level officer in a variety of healthcare services companies. Prior to joining Addiction Campuses, Morgan was CEO of Dental Services Group, a Cressey & Co. private equity sponsored dental laboratory company. Morgan also previously served as Senior Vice President of Operations for Amedisys, the largest publicly traded stand-alone home health and hospice company in the United States. Among his other significant previous positions, Morgan served as President and General Manager of AseraCare Home Health & Hospice and Vice President of Operations for Baylor HealthCare System. He also founded, led the growth and subsequent sale of two private startups. He has a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and is a Fellow (FACHE) in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

“I look forward to continuing to build upon the great foundation of quality care that has led Addiction Campuses since its founding,” Morgan says. “Former CEO Brent Clements did a great job in growing this company and achieving success very quickly. Moving forward, we will ensure Addiction Campuses thrives and grows significantly in an evidence-based, outcomes-driven, payor-influenced world and remains grounded in high quality care and enhanced through technology.”

Morgan will lead the overall strategy and growth of Addiction Campuses, a Nashville-based residential addiction treatment company and behavioral health services provider. The company has been in expansion mode since its inception and will continue growing throughout the country. Founder Brent Clements will step down as CEO and continue as a shareholder in the company.

“As the convergence of quality standards, technology and insurance coverage increases, Matt brings a vision and strategy execution background to Addiction Campuses that will aid in accelerating further expansion,” says Darren Black, Board Chairman of Addiction Campuses. Since its founding in 2014, Addiction Campuses has provided treatment to tens of thousands of Americans living with substance use disorder. Although it is headquartered in Nashville, Addiction Campuses operates four drug and alcohol treatment facilities in Mississippi, Texas, Ohio and Massachusetts, with additional mobile assessment units in 20 states.

“Matt, with his past experiences and successes in leading healthcare service companies, is perfectly suited to take Addiction Campuses to the next stage in its growth,” Black says. “We congratulate Brent on his success and reaching this important milestone in his career, allowing him to transition his leadership of Addiction Campuses successfully to Matt.”

If you would like to schedule an interview with Morgan or any staff at Addiction Campuses, please contact Brian Sullivan at [email protected].

MEDIA CONTACT:

Brian Sullivan
Director of Public Relations
901-949-7926
[email protected]

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ABOUT ADDICTION CAMPUSES:

Addiction Campuses offers a plethora of effective, innovative addiction treatment programs from industry leading professionals who help build a comprehensive life in recovery beyond the standard 30-day plan. With four unique campuses in different regions of the country, our staff creates a program tailored specifically to your personal struggle with addiction with the help of therapies related to music, art, equine, wilderness, etc. Addiction Campuses’ Treatment Specialists have the tools to place a client into any of our treatment centers within a 1-hour time frame allowing a person to begin their road to recovery almost immediately. If you or someone you love is battling addiction, you can call our 24/7 helpline at 1-888-614-2251 or log onto www.addictioncampuses.com.

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Addiction Campuses Dispatches Mobile Crisis Unit In Los Angeles, Western United States

NASHVILLE, Tenn.Addiction Campuses, a pioneer in treating substance abuse and mental health disorders, has dispatched a Mobile Crisis Unit into the Los Angeles and southern California area this year.

Adelle Buede will oversee the unit and work to help those battling drug addiction find their path to recovery. Buede, who is in recovery herself, brings years of experience in the industry to the western part of our country and specifically the Los Angeles area.

Buede’s path to Addiction Campuses is remarkable and she is able to share her own story of addiction with those who are looking for sobriety themselves. When Buede was a dual sport, high school athlete, she suffered many injuries that required medical treatment. Like many impacted by the opioid epidemic, Buede abused prescription painkillers and alcohol to cope with her injuries for nearly five years.

“When it comes to college athletes, teams want to get you from Point A to Point B, no matter what medications it takes to get you there,” said Buede.

After many trips to southeast Asia, Buede found sobriety and is now committed to helping others do the same. As a Mobile Crisis Unit, Buede is tasked with introducing Addiction Campuses and our resources to those all over the western part of the country. Buede will work as the company’s boots on the ground, day and night, to help provide treatment, training, prevention initiatives and after-care follow up for those in desperate need of help.

According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, drug overdoses were the leading cause of death for people aged 25-44 in 2013 with 9 per 100,000 and fourth overall for premature deaths with 22,412 victims.

Addiction Campuses was founded in 2014 outside of Nashville, Tennessee by Brent Clements and our leadership team. Over the past four years, our network has grown to four campuses; Turning Point in Southaven, MS, The Treehouse in Scurry, TX, Swift River in Cumington, MA and The Bluffs in Sherrodsville, OH and nearly 30 Mobile Crisis Units dispatched nationwide.

If you are interested in learning more about Addiction Campuses, would like to interview Buede to hear her full story or speak with any of our experts for a story now or in the future, we are happy to help. Journalists like yourself are our biggest tool in spreading a message of hope and fighting our way out of the opioid epidemic and war on drugs.

Media Contacts:

Brett Martin
Public Relations Manager
901-859-8274
[email protected]

Erika Lathon
Public Relations Manager
615-594-5982
[email protected]

Brian Sullivan
Director of Public Relations
901-949-7926
[email protected]

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About Addiction Campuses:

Addiction Campuses offers a plethora of effective, innovative addiction treatment programs from industry leading professionals who help build a comprehensive life in recovery beyond the standard 30-day plan. With four unique campuses in different regions of the country, our staff creates a program tailored specifically to your personal struggle with addiction with the help of therapies related to music, art, equine, wilderness, etc. Addiction Campuses’ Treatment Specialists have the tools to place a client into any of our treatment centers within a 1-hour time frame allowing a person to begin their road to recovery almost immediately. If you or someone you love is battling addiction, you can call our 24/7 helpline at 1-888-614-2251 or log onto www.addictioncampuses.com.

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DATE: March 21, 2018
TIME: 7:30 PM CST
LOCATION:
The Ryman Auditorium
116 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219

Addiction Campuses Sponsoring Benefit Concert At ‘The Mother Church Of Country Music” This Spring

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 21, 2018) – Addiction Campuses is proud to be the presenting sponsor for this year’s Jammin’ to the Beat of the Blues featuring Trace Adkins & Friends at the Ryman Auditorium in March.

The event raises awareness about behavioral health issues and resources like Addiction Campuses that are available to help those impacted by mental illness. Proceeds from the event benefit Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee and help with programs on suicide prevention, Alzheimer’s support, anti-bullying and community education among other resources.

“Working side by side with MHAMT and someone of Trace Adkins’ magnitude is huge especially for the message that we are trying to share at Addiction Campuses,” said CMO Eric Mitchell. “We know by being a part of this event that someone who may be hurting today will see how we can help.”

Tickets to the 20th annual benefit concert range from $39.50 to $59.50 and are on sale now but often sell out before the day of the event. Addiction Campuses is also glad to be a part of the Patron Party on March 13, 2018 at Gruhn Guitars on 8th Avenue in Nashville. Tickets to that event are available now as well.

Jammin’ to the Beat of the Blues is one of the largest mental health awareness events in the state. Special guests who have made appearances during the benefit in the past include Blake Shelton, Patty Loveless, Chris Young and many more.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Brett Martin
Public Relations Manager
901-859-8274
[email protected]

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ABOUT ADDICTION CAMPUSES:
Addiction Campuses offers a plethora of effective, innovative addiction treatment programs from industry leading professionals who help build a comprehensive life in recovery beyond the standard 30-day plan. With four unique campuses in different regions of the country, our staff creates a program tailored specifically to your personal struggle with addiction with the help of therapies related to music, art, equine, wilderness, etc. Addiction Campuses’ Treatment Specialists have the tools to place a client into any of our treatment centers within a 1-hour time frame allowing a person to begin their road to recovery almost immediately. If you or someone you love is battling addiction, you can call our 24/7 helpline at 1-888-614-2251 or log onto www.addictioncampuses.com.

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DATE: February 5, 2018

LOCATION:

Addiction Campuses

205 Reidhurst Ave.

Nashville, TN 37203

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Brian Sullivan

Director of Public Relations

[email protected]

Addiction Campuses

205 Reidhurst Ave.

Nashville, TN 37203

P: 901.949.7926

 

ADDICTION CAMPUSES EXPANDS PUBLIC RELATIONS TEAM

Reporter Erika Lathon Joins as Public Relations Manager

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 5, 2018) – Addiction Campuses is proud to announce Reporter Erika Lathon, formerly of WZTV, has joined the team as their new Public Relations Manager.

 

Lathon is a familiar face in Middle Tennessee where she has been reporting news on air for 17 years. She is an Associated Press Award winning journalist with 7 Emmy nominations. Erika is respected among her colleagues for being aggressive, fair and compassionate.

 

“I have always had a heart for helping people and I’m excited to join a team of professionals in educating the public on the nation’s opioid crisis,” says Lathon. “It’s great to be part of an organization creating a path to recovery and I look forward to sharing those stories.”

 

Prior to moving to Nashville, Lathon worked as a reporter and anchor at WAAY Television in Huntsville, Alabama. Of the thousands of stories she’s tackled, none was more difficult than her own. After being shot during an ATM robbery in 2012, Lathon called 9-1-1 but didn’t wait for help to arrive. Instead, she drove herself to the nearest hospital, making headlines all over the globe.

 

“It’s that tenacious, unstoppable spirit that has served her as a reporter and I believe that same spirit is what will make her an extremely valuable member of the team at Addiction Campuses,” says Director of Public Relations Brian Sullivan.

 

Lathon will serve directly under Sullivan and alongside Public Relations Manager Brett Martin. They will be based at the Addiction Campuses’ Home Campus in the West End area of Nashville, Tennessee. You can contact her directly at [email protected] or 615.594.5982.

 

If you are a member of the media and wish to schedule an interview with a client, alumnus or staff, please contact Brett Martin or me directly at [email protected] or 901.949.7926.

 

ABOUT ADDICTION CAMPUSES:

Addiction Campuses offers a plethora of effective, innovative addiction treatment programs from industry leading professionals who help build a comprehensive life in recovery beyond the standard 30-day plan. With four unique campuses in different regions of the country, our staff creates a program tailored specifically to your personal struggle with addiction with the help of therapies related to music, art, equine, wilderness, etc. Addiction Campuses’ Treatment Specialists have the tools to place a client into any of our treatment centers within a 1-hour time frame allowing a person to begin their road to recovery almost immediately. If you or someone you love is battling addiction, you can call our 24/7 helpline at 1-888-614-2251 or log onto www.addictioncampuses.com.

 

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OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM ADDICTION CAMPUSES OFFICE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS ON TN TOGETHER

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 22, 2018) – Today is a proud day for Tennesseans and we applaud Gov. Bill Haslam, Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, House Speaker Beth Harwell, Chief Justice Jeff Bivins and all members of the Tennessee General Assembly who were present today for the launch of Tennessee Together.

 

Those battling substance use disorder in our home state are desperate for funding options as state operated treatment facilities have been stretched thin, and those needing help the most are sometimes placed on long waiting lists and fall short of the necessary insurance benefits and financial obligations needed. The people of Tennessee deserve options, and no one should have to die because those options aren’t available.

 

Prevention and treatment are key to our great state ending this current crisis. The $25 million in funding is a positive step in the right direction, and we look forward to those suffering from a completely preventable and treatable disease having more opportunities to receive help. Addiction is not a moral failing, and those suffering from it need to be in treatment beds, not jail cells.

 

Thank you for reaching out to help Tennesseans and working together to prevent them from having to say goodbye to another person they love because funding and resources were not available. Addiction Campuses is committed to working with our government leaders, our communities, our churches and our businesses to ensure that everyone has a safe place to turn for treatment options.

 

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Media Contact:

Brian Sullivan

Director of Public Relations

Addiction Campuses

901.949.7926

[email protected]

 

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DATE: Friday, January 26, 2018

TIME: 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

LOCATION:

Turning Point

340 Stateline Road W

Southaven, MS 38671

TURNING POINT CELEBRATES TWO YEARS OF PROVIDING A SAFE PLACE TO FIND HOPE ON A PATH TO RECOVERY

 

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (January 26, 2018) – Turning Point is celebrating its second year providing people a safe place to live while finding their path to recovery in northern Mississippi on Friday, January 26.

 

In 2017, the treatment facility in Southaven, MS helped hundreds of people turn their life around by not only treating the client’s addiction but any other underlying causes that may be associated with the disease.

 

 

Since opening the residential center in 2016, Turning Point has treated thousands of people living with an addiction. According to the Mississippi State Department of Health, the number of drug overdoses in the state nearly doubled in 2015 from 2011 and 24% of those deaths were heroin or fentanyl related.

 

“Our country is in the middle of the deadliest drug overdose crisis in our history, with overprescription of opioids being at the root of the crisis. It is killing tens of thousands per year, and is estimated to kill hundreds of thousands over the next decade,” said Turning Point CEO, Dr. Ted Bender. “The hard working and dedicated members at Turning Point and all of our treatment facilities around the country are working tirelessly to make a difference and are saving lives every day.”

 

Turning Point’s Go for the Gold in Recovery celebration will include tours of the facility, guest speakers and live entertainment.

 

Key guests expected to attend are Desoto County Sheriff Bill Rasco, Addiction Campuses’ CEO Brent Clements and Turning Points Dr. Bender.

 

If you wish to attend, the Turning Point staff will offer tours of the facility from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and speakers will speak with guests at 1:30 p.m.

 

Please RSVP before the event so we can accommodate any interview requests with staff, clients and alumni.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Brett Martin

Public Relations Manager

[email protected]

901-859-8274

 

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ABOUT TURNING POINT:

Turning Point provides the most comprehensive addiction treatment program in the country by going beyond the standard 30 day plan and treating persons struggling with addiction mentally and spiritually to break the cycle of repeated visits to treatment. Utilizing our campus environment we have the depth of caring staff, industry experience and clinical proficiency to effectively treat the disease of addiction for life. We specialize in alcohol addiction treatment, illegal drug addiction treatment and prescription drug addiction treatment, and offer: drug and alcohol intervention, clinical addiction assessments, medically supervised drug detox, residential/inpatient programs, intensive outpatient programs, christian drug rehab programs, drug addiction counseling and ongoing long term recovery care. Headquartered in Southaven, MS, the Turning Point admissions center is trained to assess and place the client into our Turning Point treatment center within a 1 hour time frame. This speed in service delivery and thorough commitment to the client long term allows the person struggling with addiction to get quickly on the road to recovery and create a life that’s worth living.

ABOUT ADDICTION CAMPUSES:

Addiction Campuses offers a plethora of effective, innovative addiction treatment programs from industry leading professionals who help build a comprehensive life in recovery beyond the standard 30-day plan. With four unique campuses in different regions of the country, our staff creates a program tailored specifically to your personal struggle with addiction with the help of therapies related to music, art, equine, wilderness, etc. Addiction Campuses’ Treatment Specialists have the tools to place a client into any of our treatment centers within a 1-hour time frame allowing a person to begin their road to recovery almost immediately. If you or someone you love is battling addiction, you can call our 24/7 helpline at 1-888-614-2251 or log onto www.addictioncampuses.com.

 

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DATE: January 20, 2018

LOCATION:

Music City Center

201 5th Ave S

Nashville, TN 37203

TIME:

8pm CST/9pm EST

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Brian Sullivan

Director of Public Relations

[email protected]

Addiction Campuses

205 Reidhurst Ave.

Nashville, TN 37203

P: 901.949.7926

Addiction Campuses Earns 3 Nominations at 32nd Annual Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 19, 2018) – Addiction Campuses, nationwide thought leader in behavioral health treatment, is proud to be nominated at the 2018 Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards to take place this Saturday at 8pm CST.

 

The organization is nominated for 3 projects worked on from the eligibility period between the years 2016-2017, alongside some of the best talent the Midsouth region and the country have to offer.

 

Community Service Award

The Community Service Award is given to the person most responsible for excellence in programming; whether news or non-news, involving the entire company in a continuing effort to focus interest on, and marshal support for, a worthy community cause. The nominees in this category emphasize depth, breadth, duration and efficacy of the effort. Nominated in this category is Addiction Campuses Director of Public Relations Brian Sullivan for his work with WZTV’s Erika Kurre on The Opioid Epidemic in Tennessee.

 

Addiction Campuses and Fox17 are leading the fight against overprescribing opioids in our community, through the state of Tennessee and beyond the region. More than 60,000 people died of overdose in the United States in 2016. The year before, 1364 deaths occurred in the state of Tennessee, with 376 in Davidson County alone. Most of the overdose deaths occurred due to opioid use of prescription painkillers and heroin.

 

It has been a mission of ours over the past 5 months to expose the cause of drug-related deaths and addiction and explore, inspire and create solutions for the growing epidemic affecting the MidSouth. What we exposed is shocking.

 

In the first part of the series, viewers heard the real story of a local mother trapped in the grip of addiction while pregnant.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH PART 1

CLICK HERE TO WATCH PART 2

 

Further into the series, we reveal a federal program that many believe entices doctors to overprescribe.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH PART 3

 

This series ultimately turns to money in politics, and the companies funding campaigns for lawmakers in the state.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH PART 4

 

Community/Public Service PSA Spot

The Community/Public Service PSA Spot Award is given for excellence in announcements that effectively focus interest in and marshal support for worthy community or area causes.

 

Addiction Campuses’ Erin Dineen is nominated for her work with Kaleidoscope Media on Spring to Life: Self Improvement Through Faith

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Promo Spot/Program

The Promo Spot/Program Award is given for excellence in announcements that promote non-news programming. This includes spots that promote a broader station/company image as well as regionally produced spots for network and/or syndicated programming.

 

Addiction Campuses’ Erin Dineen is nominated for her work with Kaleidoscope Media on The Treehouse: Mind, Body, Spirit

CLICK HERE TO WATCH

 

Addiction Campuses is so proud to be nominated for such prestigious honors and congratulates all Nominees in every category. We look forward to celebrating with them at the gala.

 

For a full list of nominees, CLICK HERE.

 

The 32nd Annual MidSouth Regional Emmy Awards will air LIVE on NPT2 and WKNODT2 beginning at 8pm CST and will be streamed LIVE by CLICKING HERE.

 

For more information on the Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards, CLICK HERE. For more information on the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, CLICK HERE.

 

If you are a member of the media and wish to schedule an interview with a client, alumnus or staff, please contact me directly at [email protected] or 901.949.7926.

 

ABOUT ADDICTION CAMPUSES:

Addiction Campuses offers a plethora of effective, innovative addiction treatment programs from industry leading professionals who help build a comprehensive life in recovery beyond the standard 30-day plan. With four unique campuses in different regions of the country, our staff creates a program tailored specifically to your personal struggle with addiction with the help of therapies related to music, art, equine, wilderness, etc. Addiction Campuses’ Treatment Specialists have the tools to place a client into any of our treatment centers within a 1-hour time frame allowing a person to begin their road to recovery almost immediately. If you or someone you love is battling addiction, you can call our 24/7 helpline at 1-888-614-2251 or log onto www.addictioncampuses.com.

 

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DATE: January 17, 2018

LOCATION:

Addiction Campuses

205 Reidhurst Ave.

Nashville, TN 37203

MEDIA CONTACT:

Brian Sullivan

Director of Public Relations

[email protected]

Addiction Campuses

205 Reidhurst Ave.

Nashville, TN 37203

P: 901.949.7926

 

ADDICTION CAMPUSES EXPANDS PUBLIC RELATIONS TEAM

Reporter Brett Martin Joins as Public Relations Manager

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 17, 2018) – Addiction Campuses is proud to announce Reporter Brett Martin, formerly of WKRN, has joined the team as their new Public Relations Manager.

 

With more than five years under his belt as a journalist, Martin has worked from coast to coast and covered some of the unthinkable. From mudslides on the West Coast to widespread flooding in the Midwest, to wildfires in East Tennessee, he’s told the public’s stories of fear and their stories of unity.

 

“I am beyond excited to help people push back against the opioid epidemic and break the stigma those addicted face every day,” says Martin. “I couldn’t be happier to serve the public in this capacity.”

 

Martin is an Emmy-Award winning journalist who returned to the Volunteer State in 2016, where he served the past 2 years for WKRN. Prior to his return, while working throughout Missouri, Martin covered everything from the aftermath of the Ferguson riots across the state to the opioid epidemic in the Ozarks. In 2015, Brett was awarded the Emmy for Best Team Coverage for a series on race relations in Missouri.

 

Brett also covered the out of control homeless problem in Springfield, Missouri by going inside the day to day life of someone struggling on the streets. While working along the James and White Rivers, Brett learned a great deal about environmental regulations from the local level all the way to Washington, D.C.

 

Prior to his work in Missouri, Martin helped re-launch a morning show that stretched from San Jose to Santa Barbara, California called “Wake Up Central Coast”. He reported on the alarming gun and gang violence through the Salinas Valley and the booming wine business in the Carmel Valley.

 

Brett grew up in Memphis and graduated from the University of Memphis. He enjoys spending time on the golf course and with his wife Kristina, along with their two black Labradors.

 

“I think I may be even more excited about the new chapter in Brett Martin’s life than he is,” says Addiction Campuses Director of Public Relations Brian Sullivan. “Really good Public Relations Managers are difficult to find. I believe that’s what we’ve done here. We’re about to take our department to the next level and he was the right person to bring along.”

 

Martin will serve directly under Sullivan and will be based at the Addiction Campuses Home Campus in the West End area of Nashville, Tennessee. You can contact him directly at [email protected] or 901.859.8274.

 

If you are a member of the media and wish to schedule an interview with a client, alumnus or staff, please contact Brett Martin or myself directly at [email protected] or 901.949.7926.

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ABOUT ADDICTION CAMPUSES:

Addiction Campuses offers a plethora of effective, innovative addiction treatment programs from industry leading professionals who help build a comprehensive life in recovery beyond the standard 30-day plan. With four unique campuses in different regions of the country, our staff creates a program tailored specifically to your personal struggle with addiction with the help of therapies related to music, art, equine, wilderness, etc. Addiction Campuses’ Treatment Specialists have the tools to place a client into any of our treatment centers within a 1-hour time frame allowing a person to begin their road to recovery almost immediately. If you or someone you love is battling addiction, you can call our 24/7 helpline at 1-888-614-2251 or log onto www.addictioncampuses.com.

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DATE: December 1, 2017

TIME: 1PM-3:30PM CST

LOCATION:

The Treehouse

6950 Shady Ln

Scurry, TX 75158

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Brett Martin

Public Relations Manager

[email protected]

The Treehouse

6950 Shady Ln

Scurry, TX 75158

P: (901) 859-8274

 

THE TREEHOUSE WELCOMES NASHVILLE SINGER CELEBRATING LIFE IN RECOVERY

 

SCURRY, Texas (November 30, 2017) – The Treehouse is welcoming Nashville-based singer and songwriter Daphne Willis to celebrate a life of recovery Friday afternoon, December 1 at 1 p.m.

 

“Anytime someone, who has been through recovery before, chooses to give back to the community is a win for everyone,” says Director of Operations Gerald Lang. “It shows people know that there is a hope no matter what you are going through.”

 

Willis will spend time with those in treatment at The Treehouse and sing several songs including Somebody’s Someone, a song written to encourage anyone suffering from addiction or mental illness to ask for help.

 

(Photo Credit: Daphne Willis Music)

 

Guests can take part in horseback riding and ziplining as part of the day while getting a better understanding of our Adventure Therapy, one of the many methods offered at The Treehouse.

 

Those attending will be able to tour the newest addition of our campus. Last month, The Treehouse expanded to 120 beds making it the largest privately owned voluntary facility in the state of Texas that is open to the public and accredited by The Joint Commission.

 

Other guests include Maeve O’Neill, Vice President of Compliance, and Brent Clements, the CEO of Addiction Campuses.

 

Please share that guests should RSVP with Micah Petty ([email protected]) or Adam Moize ([email protected]). If you are a member of the media, please RSVP as soon as possible. If you would like to speak with our staff, a client or alumni, you can contact me directly at [email protected] or 901.859.8274.

 

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ABOUT THE TREEHOUSE:

Unlike standard rehabilitation programs, the holistic approach at The Treehouse invites profound opportunities for personal growth using clinically-proven methods. Our thrilling Adventure Therapy Program, conducted in a safe and nurturing environment, helps our clients soar above the trauma of the past. Their recovery mentors also include highly skilled yoga and meditation teachers, who show them how to apply breath work and restorative practices to their daily life. Our clients find plenty of fresh air and sunshine at The Treehouse, as they connect with nature and regain their vitality. Here our clients can enjoy good bass fishing or seek the woods for prayer and meditation. They may choose to express themselves through music therapy, embrace mind-body healing with Tai Chi, or learn to prepare fresh and healthy cuisine in our fun, chef-taught classes. At every stage of recovery, our clients are surrounded in comfort. The Treehouse amenities include relaxing lodge accommodations and an on-site pastry chef in our state-of-the-art facilities. It’s all about life in balance and finding the joy recovery brings in your mind, body and spirit.

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DATE: Sunday, November 19, 2017

TIME: 1-5pm EST

LOCATION:

Moose Lodge 51

295 Mercer Street

New Castle, PA 16101

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Addiction Campuses

Brian Sullivan

Director of Public Relations

[email protected]

Addiction Campuses

205 Reidhurst Ave.

Nashville, TN 37203

P: 901.949.7926

 

Addiction Campuses to Host Benefit, Silent Auction for Employee Fighting Cancer

 

NEW CASTLE, Pennsylvania (November 19, 2017) – This Sunday, Addiction Campuses is hosting a benefit that’s open to the public for a very special member of our team, Market Director Krista Sweet.

 

“Krista has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, and all funds raised will go to support she and her family during treatment,” says National Director of Strategic Development Melissa Townes.

 

The spaghetti dinner and silent auction will take place this Sunday, November 19 from 1-5pm EST at Moose Lodge 51, 295 Mercer St., New Castle, PA 16101 and tickets are $10. Additional donations can be made by contacting Krista Sweet directly at [email protected].

 

For media inquiries or to set up any interviews with Krista Sweet, Melissa Townes or other Addiction Campuses staff, please contact Director of Public Relations Brian Sullivan directly at [email protected] or 901.949.7926.

ABOUT KRISTA SWEET:

Krista Sweet is Market Director for Addiction Campuses and based out of Ohio and Pennsylvania. With over ten years in the addiction treatment industry, Krista began her career as a tech in adolescent drug and alcohol program. She then became a treatment counselor and case manager before spending most of her career as a therapist at outpatient program outside of Pittsburgh. As a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC), Krista also serves on the board for Not One More Pittsburgh Chapter (NOM) – which brings communities together to take action against the addiction crisis. Krista says she fell in love with the addiction and mental health field after completing a college internship at a local outpatient program. She’s always admired the strength it takes for individuals to make those types of life changes. Living in an area ravaged by the opiate epidemic, she feels compelled to do anything she can to help her community. In addition to work, Krista spends time with her fiance Lamar and son Adrian. She also enjoys gardening, fishing and traveling.

 

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DATE: Wednesday, November 8, 2017

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Addiction Campuses

Brian Sullivan

Director of Public Relations

[email protected]

Addiction Campuses

205 Reidhurst Ave.

Nashville, TN 37203

P: 901.949.7926

 

TIME Partners with Mic Network, Inc. for Documentary Featuring Addiction Campuses

 

NEW YORK, New York (11/8/2017) – Time, has teamed up Mic for an exclusive look into the life and recovery of a couple addicted to heroin who overcame insurmountable odds and sought treatment at two separate Addiction Campuses facilities 1,264 miles apart in Life After Addiction.

 

The shoot follows the journey of Ron and Carla Hiers after a video of their overdose on a Memphis sidewalk went viral, sparking dialogue across the globe.

 

On October 4, 2016 the video went viral on social media, and was covered on several media outlets in the Mid-South area, as well as nationally. A few days later, nationwide alcohol and substance use disorder treatment provider, Addiction Campuses was able to locate and identify the male in the video as Ronald Hiers. Working with Hiers’ daughter, Paris, the organization was able to get him to Turning Point, a campus located in Southaven, Mississippi where he obtained a scholarship for treatment.

 

After over 40 years of addiction, Ronald received two months of intensive inpatient treatment at the Turning Point campus, and is now sharing his story nationally. We are happy to report that Hiers has graduated and now transitioned into independent life again. Now that he has seen the other side of recovery, Hiers wishes to reach as many people as possible with his message of hope.

 

Carlia Hiers, Ronald’s wife, also depicted in the viral video, was located approximately two weeks after Ronald, and was also able to obtain a full scholarship. Carla graduated from Addiction CampusesSwift River campus in Cummington, Massachusetts, and is now living privately at an undisclosed location.

 

“Thank you to everyone who has prayed for my husband and I,” says Hiers. “I have not seen the video in its entirety, only what I’ve seen in media reports. It was a very scary time for me, and I wasn’t expecting anything like that to happen to us. That being said, it was a wakeup call. I am very optimistic about my recovery and feel like God has reached down and pulled me out of a very dangerous situation.”

 

Time and Mic’s documentary Life After Addiction can be viewed by clicking on the following links:

https://time.com/life-after-opioid-addiction/

https://mic.com/#.4djWG8Fy2

https://www.facebook.com/MicMedia/?fref=ts

 

Poynter story: https://www.poynter.org/news/time-mic-documentary-follows-couples-overdose-nightmare-show-face-opioid-epidemic

 

Time writer Alice Park takes us further into the story with an in depth feature in Time Magazine, on stands this Friday.

 

For a link to photos from the shoot, click here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1dEV_NpgEJUYnlXSkYydy0waGM

 

If you would like to schedule an interview with anyone from Turning Point, Swift River or Addiction Campuses, please contact me directly at [email protected] or 901.949.7926.

 

Thank you for educating your viewers and readers on this deadly epidemic in any way that you can. In any web postings of this story, please include our 24/7 hotline 1.888.614.2251 and backlink addictioncampuses.com.

 

ABOUT ADDICTION CAMPUSES:

Addiction Campuses provides the most comprehensive addiction treatment program in the country by going beyond the standard 30-day plan and treating individuals struggling with addiction mentally and spiritually to break the cycle of repeated visits to treatment. Utilizing our campus environment, we have the depth of caring staff, industry experience and to recovery and create a life that’s worth living. Addiction Campuses’ admissions center is trained to assess and place the client into one of the Addiction Campuses treatment centers across the country within a 1-hour time frame. This speed in service delivery and thorough commitment to the client long term allows the person struggling with addiction to get quickly on the road to recovery. If you or someone you love is battling addiction, you can call our 24/7 helpline at 1.888.614.2251 or log onto www.addictioncampuses.com.

 

ABOUT TURNING POINT:

Turning Point provides the most comprehensive addiction treatment program in the country by going beyond the standard 30 day plan and treating persons struggling with addiction mentally and spiritually to break the cycle of repeated visits to treatment. Utilizing our campus environment we have the depth of caring staff, industry experience and clinical proficiency to effectively treat the disease of addiction for life. We specialize in alcohol addiction treatment, illegal drug addiction treatment and prescription drug addiction treatment, and offer: drug and alcohol intervention, clinical addiction assessments, medically supervised drug detox, residential/inpatient programs, intensive outpatient programs, christian drug rehab programs, drug addiction counseling and ongoing long term recovery care. Headquartered in Southaven, MS, the Turning Point admissions center is trained to assess and place the client into our Turning Point treatment center within a 1 hour time frame. This speed in service delivery and thorough commitment to the client long term allows the person struggling with addiction to get quickly on the road to recovery and create a life that’s worth living.

 

ABOUT SWIFT RIVER:

At Swift River, recovery from addiction is ignited by the thrill of wilderness therapy, dual diagnosis treatment and individualized counseling, set against the soaring beauty of the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts. On 500 acres and 12 buildings triangled between Boston, Hartford and Albany, Swift River cultivates the most innovative addiction treatment therapies including adventure courses, skiing, catapult bungee and more. The campus specializes in implementing a high level of balance in clients – from social, spiritual to economic success, based on creating a long-term, sustainable recovery. Through evidence-based therapies and lifelong support through its alumni program, Swift River helps clients implement the lifelong skills they need to thrive free of substance abuse and ignites the radiant passion for life that lies within them.

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DATE: Friday, November 3, 2017

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Addiction Campuses

Brian Sullivan

Director of Public Relations

[email protected]

Addiction Campuses

205 Reidhurst Ave.

Nashville, TN 37203

P: 901.949.7926

 

Addiction Campuses Deploys 23 Mobile Crisis Units Across the United States

Call Center Operations Expanding

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (11/3/2017) – Addiction Campuses, nationwide leader in treating substance use and mental health disorders, announces the deployment of 23 mobile crisis units across the United States. The team, which has been in the process of assembly over the past two months, was flown in for training this week at Home Campus following President Donald Trump’s Public Health Emergency declaration.

 

“Overdose deaths in the opioid epidemic are increasing at a rapid pace, and we need feet on the ground,” says Addiction Campuses Chief Marketing Officer Eric Mitchell. “It is a national disaster that requires meeting people in their areas. Regardless of public policy, our mission will always remain the same – to provide top level treatment to those suffering from alcoholism, substance use disorder and mental health issues with a heart of compassion.”

 

The group traveled to Nashville on Wednesday, November 1 from Texas, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Tennessee, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Kansas, Missouri, Alabama, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida for a crash course in Addiction Campuses policy and procedure, collaboration, referral relations and public outreach. Once on the ground, the directors will be able to connect those seeking treatment with options in their area.

 

The group will report directly to Chief Marketing Officer Eric Mitchell.

 

Eric Mitchell, Chief Marketing Officer, Addiction Campuses

 

“We had been working on expanding our public outreach and after the President’s announcement we knew we had to take action and decided to bring everyone in at one time,” says Addiction Campuses CEO Brent Clements. “We had the training tools in place, and felt that it was something we needed to do to answer the nation’s call for help.”

Melissa Townes, National Director of Strategic Development, Addiction Campuses

 

Training for the group ends today. In addition to the new onsite units, the Addiction Campuses’ Call Center has hired two additional Treatment Specialist teams in preparation of the expected increase in call volume.

 

MEET THE TEAM

PLEASE NOTE: WHILE CONTACT INFORMATION IS PROVIDED, ALL MEDIA INQUIRIES MUST BE DIRECTED TO ADDICTION CAMPUSES DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS BRIAN SULLIVAN AT [email protected] OR 901.949.7926

Dallas, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Micah Petty

(903) 348-3745 (mobile)

[email protected]

 

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Debra Moore

423.316.9376 (mobile)

[email protected]

 

Dallas, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Houston, Texas

Adam Moize

972-824-5334 (mobile)

[email protected]

 

East North Carolina

Wilmington, Delaware

Brandi Burns

337.356.2571 (mobile)

[email protected]

 

East Pennsylvania

New Jersey

Dawn Palilonis

215-391-7005 (mobile)

[email protected]

 

East Tennessee

Laura Howard

865.466.8577 (mobile)

[email protected]

 

Greater Atlanta, Georgia Region

Trey Bullet

770.722.7362 (mobile)

[email protected]

 

Lower Louisiana

Northwest Louisiana

Linda Couch

(985) 778-8631‬ (mobile)

[email protected]

 

Middle Louisiana

Southwest Louisiana

Jamie Hernandez

(225) 235-4456  (mobile)

[email protected]

 

Middle Mississippi

Jacques Wuichet (JW)

662.255.7570 (mobile)

jw[email protected]

 

Middle Tennessee

Tricia Benitez

504.444.1204 (mobile)

[email protected]

 

Middle Tennessee

Richard Darden

615.568.3234

[email protected]

 

MidSouth Region

Chad Clardy

662.279.6488 (mobile)

[email protected]

 

Midwest Region

Kansas

Missouri

Andy Garcia-Ruse

(816) 679-1866 mobile

[email protected]

 

North Alabama

North Mississippi

Tom Clardy

662.871.0911 (mobile)

[email protected]

 

Northeast Region

Andrew McKenna, JD

(518) 269-8306 mobile

[email protected]

 

Western Ohio

Michigan

Bob Maxwell

740-602-2636 (mobile)

[email protected]

 

Western Pennsylvania

Eastern Ohio

Krista Sweet, BS, CADC

(724) 614-2457 (mobile)

[email protected]

 

South Alabama

South Mississippi

Tommie Whitten

(601) 940-5831 (mobile)

[email protected]

 

South Atlantic Coast

Tennessee

Daniel Jensen

256.335.1907 (mobile)

[email protected]

 

Southern United States

Tony Faulkner

256.415.2332 (mobile)

[email protected]

 

Florida

Justin Fraser

727.348.9391 (mobile)

[email protected]

 

West Tennessee

Sid Nichols

731.431.0638 (mobile)

[email protected]

To schedule an interview with Addiction Campuses, Turning Point, The Treehouse, Swift River, The Bluffs, CEO Brent Clements, CMO Eric Mitchell, National Director of Strategic Development Melissa Townes, or any of the representatives deploying, please contact Director of Public Relations Brian Sullivan directly at [email protected] or 901.949.7926.

United States Drug Facts

ABOUT ADDICTION CAMPUSES:

Addiction Campuses provides the most comprehensive addiction treatment program in the country by going beyond the standard 30-day plan and treating individuals struggling with addiction mentally and spiritually to break the cycle of repeated visits to treatment. Utilizing our campus environment, we have the depth of caring staff, industry experience and to recovery and create a life that’s worth living. Addiction Campuses’ admissions center is trained to assess and place the client into one of the Addiction Campuses treatment centers across the country within a 1-hour time frame. This speed in service delivery and thorough commitment to the client long term allows the person struggling with addiction to get quickly on the road to recovery. If you or someone you love is battling addiction, you can call our 24/7 helpline at 1.888.614.2251 or log onto www.addictioncampuses.com.

 

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DATE: October 28, 2017

TIME:

10am-2pm CST

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Addiction Campuses:

Brian Sullivan

Director of Public Relations

[email protected]

Addiction Campuses

205 Reidhurst Ave.

Nashville, TN 37203

P: 901.949.7926

Semi-Annual National Drug Take-Back:

Kristina Clark

Consultant

Grants Management and Sustainability

Count It! Lock It! Drop It!

[email protected]

Coffee County Anti-Drug Coalition

122 McMinnville Hwy

Manchester, TN 37355

P: 931.247.2542

Addiction Campuses to Participate in Nashville’s Semi-Annual National Drug Take Back for Third Consecutive Year

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 28, 2017) – Addiction Campuses, nationwide leader in alcoholism, substance use disorder and mental health treatment, announces it will participate in Nashville’s Semi-Annual National Drug Take Back Event this Saturday from 10am-2pm CST at various locations throughout the city.

 

“It doesn’t start with a needle or a trip to the emergency room,” says Addiction Campuses Director of Public Relations Brian Sullivan. “Anyone who has survived an overdose or knows someone who has, they know that statement to be true. Safely disposing of our unwanted or unused medication prevents addiction, suicide and theft. Accessible medication in our home is a loaded weapon, and it absolutely must be used, stored and discarded of responsibly.”

Officers with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department will be present at all locations during the events, and agents with the local Drug Enforcement Agency will collect the medication and transport it to an incinerator.

 

“Even though addiction has taken three generations of my family, the cycle has ended with me,” says Count It! Lock It! Drop It! Goodwill Ambassador and Miss Tennessee Caty Davis. “As the daughter of an addict who lost his life due to addiction, I am thrilled to raise awareness of this incredible program.”

 

Media Inquiries

For any media inquiries regarding Nashville’s Semi-Annual National Drug Take Back Events, contact Kristina Clark directly at [email protected] or 931.247.2542. For media inquiries regarding Addiction Campuses or any of its affiliates, contact Director of Public Relations Brian Sullivan at [email protected] or 901.949.7926.

Locations

3010 West End Ave.

Nashville, TN 37203

Team Leader: Mike Clark

Volunteers: John Clark, Summer Larson, Logan Haley, Alex Davis

 

2819 Nolensville Pike

Nashville, TN 37211

Team Leader: Elizabeth Egan

Volunteers: Jimmy Egan, Kim Nguyen, Thao Pham, Ashia Hampton

 

2500 Gallatin Ave.

Nashville, TN 37206

Team Leader: Leah Festa

Volunteers: Amanda Vantrease, Kristine Hoang, Suzanne Rutley

 

3130 Clarksville Pike

Nashville, TN 37218

Team Leader: Brian Sullivan

Volunteers: Jasmine Hall, Chasity Tyus, Kylah Casey

 

2611 Franklin Pike

Nashville, TN 37204

Team Leaders: Alyssa Hanus, Christy Manning

Volunteers: Katrina Barnett, Judy Trac, Chelsea Williams

 

7601 Highway 70 S

Bellevue, TN 37221

Team Leader: Kristina Clark

Volunteers: Khadijah Mull, Tracy Trvong, Linh Nguyen, Justice Miller

About Team Leaders

Elizabeth Egan

Elizabeth is a native of Louisiana, has lived in many places, but now calls Tennessee her home. It has always been her passion to make a positive difference in the lives of children. After graduating from Loyola University in New Orleans, she spent time as a nanny, teacher and human resources assistant before starting a family with her husband Jimmy. Elizabeth currently works as a senior associate for KM Clark Consulting Group. She homeschooled her three sons, and continues to educate her youngest. This organization has allowed her to merge her passions for working with children and service to others. Elizabeth thanks one brave selfless man, Phillip Ryan Robertson, for inspiring her family to reach out to the children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She thanks his parents for giving them their blessing to honor Phillip’s memory and wish by serving the children through this organization. Elizabeth thanks her son, Jack, for his wish to visit St. Jude for his 16th birthday and deliver the first set of blankets. The experience was life-changing for Elizabeth, her husband, and Jack. She says her son Jack said it best as they were leaving to head home from their tour, “I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my 16th birthday. I have done a lot of other things, but none of them has been as meaningful.”

 


Leah Festa

Leah Festa serves as the Director for the Prevention Alliance of Tennessee. Prior to joining PAT, she worked at the Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She has served on the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence’s Board of Examiners and currently volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for CASA Nashville. Leah holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.


Brian Sullivan

After one year with Addiction Campuses, Brian Sullivan was promoted by Chief Marketing Officer Eric Mitchell from Public Relations Manager to Director of Public Relations. Before hiring with Addiction Campuses, Sullivan served over a decade in the television industry, with over 20 years experience as a print and broadcast journalist. He oversees all media communications, community projects, publicity campaigns and public marketing strategy for Addiction Campuses and all of its affiliates. Sullivan is an Emmy Award Winning producer, writer, lobbyist, activist and marketing strategist. He is active in several campaigns raising awareness in addiction treatment, equality and mental health care. He won the 2016 Nashville Emerging Leader of the Year Award. He is an active member of the Prevention Alliance of Tennessee, the Williamson County Anti-Drug Coalition, the Memphis Area Prevention Alliance, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Facing Addiction, Fed Up!, the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Center for Nonprofit Management, Music City Theatre Company, LGBTQI Nashvillians of Faith, Covenant of the Cross Ministries, the American Civil Liberties Union, The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee, the Tennessee Equality Project, the Human Rights Campaign, Human Rights Campaign Nashville, the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition and the Nashville Filmmakers Guild. Sullivan is a proud donor of the Memphis Hope House, Nashville Cares, Covenant Cupboard Food Pantry and Second Harvest Food Bank.

Kristina Clark

Kristina Clark is the President and Founder of KM Clark Consulting Group, a consulting company dedicated to developing and sustaining non-profits. Kristina Clark served as the Executive Director of the Coffee County Anti-Drug Coalition from 2007-2016 before transitioning to Grant Writer and Sustainability Consultant for the coalition, a position she still holds today. Ms. Clark has dedicated herself to non-profit work since graduating from Middle Tennessee State University in May of 2006 with a Bachelor’s of Science in psychology and minors in mental services and sociology. Before serving as the Coalition Executive Director, Kristina held positions as a domestic violence court advocate and in home counselor for at risk youth. In 2012, Ms. Clark earned her Certified Prevention Specialist II and now trains throughout Tennessee on the prevention of alcohol and drug abuse as well as non-profit management and capacity building. Under her leadership the Coalition has achieved several awards and grants including Drug Free Communities funding (Years 1-10), the National Got Outcomes! Coalition in Focus award 2013, Tennessee Department of Health’s Injury Prevention award 2012 and a 2014 Patriotic Employer Award from the Office of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. With community collaboration and staff team work, Ms. Clark has been able to achieve community level change regarding substance abuse behaviors on a county

wide scale including successfully advocating for local and state policy change. As an advocate for diversifying funds for nonprofit sustainability, Ms. Clark lead her community coalition in trademarking and marketing a successful comprehensive prescription drug campaign, Count it! Lock it! Drop it!® which will provide the non-profit foundation money for the future as well as assist counties throughout the country in reducing prescription drug abuse. Kristina Clark is also an executive board member for the Prevention Alliance of Tennessee, a statewide prevention legislation advocacy organization. Kristina Clark was raised throughout the United States as a proud Air Force brat. Ms. Clark has now made Tennessee home base with her husband and best friend Michael Clark, their black lab Sammie “Trainwreck” Clark, and beautiful toddler Michael Joseph.

 

2016 Davidson County Drug Facts (Data from Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services)

  • 227 total overdose deaths
  • 33.2 deaths per 100,000 people
  • 1258 nonfatal outpatient overdoses
  • 764 nonfatal inpatient overdoses
  • 561,738 painkiller prescriptions (821 per 1000 people)
  • 178 opioid overdose deaths (26 per 100,000 people)
  • 70 heroin overdose deaths (10 per 100,000 people)

2015 Davidson County Drug Facts

  • 138 outpatient visits involving all opioid overdose excluding heroin (20 per 100,000 people)
  • 133 inpatient stays involving all opioid overdose excluding heroin (20 per 100,000 people)
  • 34 inpatient stays involving heroin overdose (5 per 100,000 people) and 137 outpatient visits involving heroin overdose (20 per 100,000 people)

Glossary of Terms

Indicators – something that points to an issue or condition. Indicators are best used when comparable over time.

Mortality – death

 

Mortality Indicators

  • All Drug Overdose Deaths – drug overdose deaths caused by acute poisonings. This indicator includes all overdose deaths, regardless of intent (e.g., unintentional, suicide, assault, or undetermined). This indicator does not include: (1) deaths related to chronic use of drugs (e.g., damage to organs from long-term drug use), 2) deaths due to alcohol and tobacco, and 3) deaths that occur under the influence of drugs, but do not involve acute poisoning (e.g., a car crash that occurred because the driver was drowsy from taking a prescription drug).
  • Drug Overdose Deaths Involving Opioids – drug overdose deaths caused by acute poisonings that involve any opioid as a contributing cause of death, regardless of intent (e.g., unintentional, suicide, assault, or undetermined). Opioids include both prescription opioid pain relievers such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, and morphine, as well as heroin and opium. Deaths related to chronic use of drugs (e.g., damage to organs from long-term drug use), are excluded from this indicator.
  • Drug Overdose Deaths Involving Prescription Opioids: Natural, Semisynthetic and Synthetic Opioids – drug overdose deaths caused by acute poisonings that involve prescription opioid pain relievers as a contributing cause of death, regardless of intent (e.g., unintentional, suicide, assault, or undetermined). Prescribed opioid pain relievers include such drugs as hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, and fentanyl. Deaths related to chronic use of drugs (e.g., damage to organs from long-term drug use), are excluded from this indicator.
  • Drug Overdose Deaths Involving Prescription Opioids: Natural and Semi-synthetic Opioids and Methadone – drug overdose deaths caused by acute poisonings that involve certain subcategories of prescription opioid pain relievers as a contributing cause of death, regardless of intent (e.g., unintentional, suicide, assault, or undetermined).Prescribed opioid pain relievers include such drugs as hydrocodone, oxycodone, and morphine. Deaths related to chronic use of drugs (e.g., damage to organs from long-term drug use), are excluded from this indicator.
  • Drug Overdose Deaths Involving Natural and Semi-synthetic Opioids – drug overdose deaths caused by acute poisonings that involve natural and semisynthetic opioids as a contributing cause of death, regardless of intent (e.g., unintentional, suicide, assault, or undetermined). Natural and semisynthetic opioids include drugs such as morphine, codeine, hydrocodone, and oxycodone. Deaths related to chronic use of drugs (e.g., damage to organs from long-term drug use), are excluded from this indicator.
  • Drug Overdose Deaths Involving Methadone – drug overdose deaths caused by acute poisonings that involve methadone as a contributing cause of death, regardless of intent (e.g., unintentional, suicide, assault, or undetermined). Methadone is a synthetic opioid used both as a pain reliever and in medicated assisted therapy for drug dependence. Deaths related to chronic use of drugs (e.g., damage to organs from long-term drug use), are excluded from this indicator.
  • Drug Overdose Deaths Involving Heroin – drug overdose deaths caused by acute poisonings that involve heroin as a contributing cause of death, regardless of intent (e.g., unintentional, suicide, assault, or undetermined). Deaths related to chronic use of drugs (e.g., damage to organs from long-term drug use), are excluded from this indicator.

Inpatient Stay – a hospitalization.

Morbidity – amount of disease in a population.

Morbidity Indicators

  • All drug overdose emergency department visits – all drug overdose emergency department visits caused by non-fatal acute poisonings due to the effects of drugs, regardless of intent (e.g., suicide, unintentional, or undetermined). Emergency department visits related to late effects, adverse effects, and chronic poisonings due to the effects of drugs (e.g., damage to organs from long-term drug use), are excluded from this indicator.
  • Emergency department visits involving all opioid overdose excluding heroin – emergency department visits caused by non-fatal acute poisonings due to the effects of all opioids drugs, excluding heroin, regardless of intent (e.g., suicide, unintentional, or undetermined). Emergency department visits related to late effects, adverse effects, and chronic poisonings due to the effects of drugs (e.g., damage to organs from long-term drug use), are excluded from this indicator.
  • Emergency department visits involving heroin overdose – emergency department visits caused by non-fatal acute poisonings due to the effects of heroin, regardless of intent (e.g., suicide, unintentional, or undetermined). Emergency department visits related to late effects, adverse effects, and chronic poisonings due to the effects of drugs (e.g., damage to organs from long-term drug use), are excluded from this indicator.
  • All drug overdose hospitalizations – all drug overdose hospitalizations caused by non-fatal acute poisonings due to the effects of drugs, regardless of intent (e.g., suicide, unintentional, or undetermined). Hospitalizations related to late effects, adverse effects, and chronic poisonings due to the effects of drugs (e.g., damage to organs from long-term drug use), are excluded from this indicator.
  • Hospitalizations involving all opioid overdose excluding heroin – hospitalizations caused by non-fatal acute poisonings due to the effects of all opioids drugs, excluding heroin, regardless of intent (e.g., suicide, unintentional, or undetermined). Hospitalizations related to late effects, adverse effects, and chronic poisonings due to the effects of drugs (e.g., damage to organs from long-term drug use), are excluded from this indicator.
  • Hospitalizations involving heroin overdose – hospitalizations caused by non-fatal acute poisonings due to the effects of heroin, regardless of intent (e.g., suicide, unintentional, or undetermined). Hospitalizations related to late effects, adverse effects, and chronic poisonings due to the effects of drugs (e.g., damage to organs from long-term drug use), are excluded from this indicator.

Morphine Milligram Equivalent (MME) – morphine milligram equivalents, is a way to calculate the total amount of opioids, accounting for differences in opioid drug type and strength.

Opioid – a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin as well as powerful pain relievers available legally by prescription.

Outpatient Stay – typically to an emergency department.

Nonfatal Drug Overdose – a drug overdose that does not cause death.

Rate – How many times something happens relative to the number of people in the population over a period of time.

 

ABOUT ADDICTION CAMPUSES:

Addiction Campuses provides the most comprehensive addiction treatment program in the country by going beyond the standard 30-day plan and treating persons struggling with addiction mentally and spiritually to break the cycle of repeated visits to treatment. Utilizing our addiction campus environment we have the depth of caring staff, industry experience and clinical proficiency to effectively treat the disease of addiction for life. Addiction Campuses’ admissions center is trained to assess and place the client into one of the Addiction Campuses treatment centers across the country within a one-hour time frame. This speed in service delivery and thorough commitment to the client long term allows the person struggling with addiction to get quickly on the road to recovery and create a life that’s worth living.

 

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DATE: October 26, 2017

LOCATION:

Bellevue Baptist Church

2000 Appling Rd

Cordova, TN 38016

TIME:

6:30-8:30 CST

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Turning Point:

Brian Sullivan

Director of Public Relations

[email protected]

Turning Point

340 Stateline Rd.

Southaven, MS 38671

P: 901.949.7926

Hearts for Hope and Healing

Becky Tramel Farruggia

Founder/President

[email protected]

Hearts for Hope and Healing

3900 New Covington Pike

Ste. 112

Memphis, TN 38128

P: 901.949.3702

 

Turning Point Partners with Hearts for Hope and Healing for Town Hall: A Call to Action

CORDOVA, Tenn. (October 25, 2017) – Director of Public Relations Brian Sullivan of Turning Point, MidSouth leader in alcoholism, substance use disorder and mental health treatment, will join Hearts for Hope and Healing’s Danny Cosby, Memphis Police Department Director Michael Rallings, Memphis Police Department Special Operations Organized Crime Unit Colonel Paul Wright, Memphis Fire Department Emergency Medical Services Chief Brad Rust, and Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Chief Inspector Mark Kellerhall, for Town Hall: A Call to Action This Thursday at 6:30pm CST at Bellevue Baptist Church.

 

“This is the public’s opportunity to join in the fight to end this epidemic sweeping our city, our country and our nation,” says event organizer and Hearts for Hope and Healing Founder and President Becky Tramel Farruggia. “Please come, voice your concerns and have your questions answered.”

 

The opioid epidemic is an extreme urgency in the MidSouth and it will take the entire community coming together to combat it.

 

“We cannot underestimate the power of just one person in the community and their power to save lives,” says Turning Point Director of Public Relations Brian Sullivan. “This public health crisis affects everyone, and we are stronger when we lock arms and fight together.”

 

This event is free and open to the public. To reserve press seating or schedule an interview with any of the speakers before or after the panel, contact Hearts for Hope and Healing Founder and President Becky Tramel Farruggia directly at [email protected] or 901.949.3702. For any media inquiries involving Turning Point, Addiction Campuses or any of its affiliates, contact Director of Public Relations Brian Sullivan at [email protected] or 901.949.7926.

SPEAKERS

Danny Cosby

Hearts for Hope and Healing

 

Director Michael Rallings

Memphis Police Department

 

Colonel Paul Wright

Memphis Police Department

Special Operations

Organized Crime Unit

 

A Shift Battalion Chief Brad Rust

Memphis Fire Department

Emergency Medical Services

 

Chief Inspector Mark Kellerhall

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office

Brian Sullivan

Director of Public Relations

Turning Point

 

2016 Shelby County Drug Overdose Facts (Data from Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services)

  • 197 total drug overdose deaths
  • 21.1 overdose deaths per 100,000 people
  • 1477 nonfatal outpatient overdoses treated
  • 653 nonfatal inpatient overdoses treated
  • 674,033 painkiller prescriptions written for pain (721 per 1000 people)
  • 150 opioid overdose deaths (16 per 100,000 people)
  • 72 heroin overdose deaths (8 per 100,000 people)
  • In 2015, Shelby County had 112 outpatient visits involving all opioid overdose excluding heroin (12 per 100,000 people)
  • In 2015, Shelby County had 85 inpatient stays involving all opioid overdose excluding heroin (9 per 100,000 people)
  • In 2015, Shelby County had 42 inpatient stays involving heroin overdose (4 per 100,000 people) and 174 outpatient visits involving heroin overdose (19 per 100,000 people)

Glossary of Terms

Indicators – something that points to an issue or condition. Indicators are best used when comparable over time.

Mortality – death

Mortality Indicators

  • All Drug Overdose Deaths – drug overdose deaths caused by acute poisonings. This indicator includes all overdose deaths, regardless of intent (e.g., unintentional, suicide, assault, or undetermined). This indicator does not include: (1) deaths related to chronic use of drugs (e.g., damage to organs from long-term drug use), 2) deaths due to alcohol and tobacco, and 3) deaths that occur under the influence of drugs, but do not involve acute poisoning (e.g., a car crash that occurred because the driver was drowsy from taking a prescription drug).

 

  • Drug Overdose Deaths Involving Opioids – drug overdose deaths caused by acute poisonings that involve any opioid as a contributing cause of death, regardless of intent (e.g., unintentional, suicide, assault, or undetermined). Opioids include both prescription opioid pain relievers such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, and morphine, as well as heroin and opium. Deaths related to chronic use of drugs (e.g., damage to organs from long-term drug use), are excluded from this indicator.
  • Drug Overdose Deaths Involving Prescription Opioids: Natural, Semi-synthetic and Synthetic Opioids – drug overdose deaths caused by acute poisonings that involve prescription opioid pain relievers as a contributing cause of death, regardless of intent (e.g., unintentional, suicide, assault, or undetermined). Prescribed opioid pain relievers include such drugs as hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, and fentanyl. Deaths related to chronic use of drugs (e.g., damage to organs from long-term drug use), are excluded from this indicator.
  • Drug Overdose Deaths Involving Prescription Opioids: Natural and Semi-synthetic Opioids and Methadone – drug overdose deaths caused by acute poisonings that involve certain subcategories of prescription opioid pain relievers as a contributing cause of death, regardless of intent (e.g., unintentional, suicide, assault, or undetermined).Prescribed opioid pain relievers include such drugs as hydrocodone, oxycodone, and morphine. Deaths related to chronic use of drugs (e.g., damage to organs from long-term drug use), are excluded from this indicator.
  • Drug Overdose Deaths Involving Natural and Semi-synthetic Opioids – drug overdose deaths caused by acute poisonings that involve natural and semisynthetic opioids as a contributing cause of death, regardless of intent (e.g., unintentional, suicide, assault, or undetermined). Natural and semisynthetic opioids include drugs such as morphine, codeine, hydrocodone, and oxycodone. Deaths related to chronic use of drugs (e.g., damage to organs from long-term drug use), are excluded from this indicator.
  • Drug Overdose Deaths Involving Methadone – drug overdose deaths caused by acute poisonings that involve methadone as a contributing cause of death, regardless of intent (e.g., unintentional, suicide, assault, or undetermined). Methadone is a synthetic opioid used both as a pain reliever and in medicated assisted therapy for drug dependence. Deaths related to chronic use of drugs (e.g., damage to organs from long-term drug use), are excluded from this indicator.
  • Drug Overdose Deaths Involving Heroin – drug overdose deaths caused by acute poisonings that involve heroin as a contributing cause of death, regardless of intent (e.g., unintentional, suicide, assault, or undetermined). Deaths related to chronic use of drugs (e.g., damage to organs from long-term drug use), are excluded from this indicator.

Inpatient Stay – a hospitalization.

Morbidity – amount of disease in a population.

Morbidity Indicators

  • All drug overdose emergency department visits – all drug overdose emergency department visits caused by non-fatal acute poisonings due to the effects of drugs, regardless of intent (e.g., suicide, unintentional, or undetermined). Emergency department visits related to late effects, adverse effects, and chronic poisonings due to the effects of drugs (e.g., damage to organs from long-term drug use), are excluded from this indicator.
  • Emergency department visits involving all opioid overdose excluding heroin – emergency department visits caused by non-fatal acute poisonings due to the effects of all opioids drugs, excluding heroin, regardless of intent (e.g., suicide, unintentional, or undetermined). Emergency department visits related to late effects, adverse effects, and chronic poisonings due to the effects of drugs (e.g., damage to organs from long-term drug use), are excluded from this indicator.
  • Emergency department visits involving heroin overdose – emergency department visits caused by non-fatal acute poisonings due to the effects of heroin, regardless of intent (e.g., suicide, unintentional, or undetermined). Emergency department visits related to late effects, adverse effects, and chronic poisonings due to the effects of drugs (e.g., damage to organs from long-term drug use), are excluded from this indicator.
  • All drug overdose hospitalizations – all drug overdose hospitalizations caused by non-fatal acute poisonings due to the effects of drugs, regardless of intent (e.g., suicide, unintentional, or undetermined). Hospitalizations related to late effects, adverse effects, and chronic poisonings due to the effects of drugs (e.g., damage to organs from long-term drug use), are excluded from this indicator.
  • Hospitalizations involving all opioid overdose excluding heroin – hospitalizations caused by non-fatal acute poisonings due to the effects of all opioids drugs, excluding heroin, regardless of intent (e.g., suicide, unintentional, or undetermined). Hospitalizations related to late effects, adverse effects, and chronic poisonings due to the effects of drugs (e.g., damage to organs from long-term drug use), are excluded from this indicator.
  • Hospitalizations involving heroin overdose – hospitalizations caused by non-fatal acute poisonings due to the effects of heroin, regardless of intent (e.g., suicide, unintentional, or undetermined). Hospitalizations related to late effects, adverse effects, and chronic poisonings due to the effects of drugs (e.g., damage to organs from long-term drug use), are excluded from this indicator.

Morphine Milligram Equivalent (MME) – morphine milligram equivalents, is a way to calculate the total amount of opioids, accounting for differences in opioid drug type and strength.

Opioid – a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin as well as powerful pain relievers available legally by prescription.

Outpatient Stay – typically to an emergency department.

Nonfatal Drug Overdose – a drug overdose that does not cause death.

Rate – How many times something happens relative to the number of people in the population over a period of time.

 

ABOUT HEARTS FOR HOPE AND HEALING:

Hearts for Hope and Healing is an advocacy group of caring, involved family members of people dealing with addiction either personally or as the loved one of an addict. It exists not only to bring awareness to the Memphis/Shelby County area about the deadly dangers of heroin use, but it strives to put an end to all drug addiction by loving people. It is a faith-based organization that attacks the drug epidemic by going straight to the addicted and their loved ones as an advocate for life, by offering compassion and grace instead of condemnation. It offers compassion and grace instead of condemnation, and offers hope for families and friends who don’t know where to turn. Hearts for Hope and Healing believes in supernatural healing when hearts are transformed through faith. Its members are a group of passionate parents and family members who are fed up with the complacent attitudes too many tax supported programs embrace, and organizes to bring about action in the community.

 

ABOUT TURNING POINT:

Turning Point provides the most comprehensive addiction treatment program in the country by going beyond the standard 30 day plan and treating persons struggling with addiction mentally and spiritually to break the cycle of repeated visits to treatment. Utilizing our campus environment we have the depth of caring staff, industry experience and clinical proficiency to effectively treat the disease of addiction for life. We specialize in alcohol addiction treatment, illegal drug addiction treatment and prescription drug addiction treatment, and offer: drug and alcohol intervention, clinical addiction assessments, medically supervised drug detox, residential / inpatient programs, intensive outpatient programs, christian drug rehab, drug addiction counseling and ongoing long term recovery care. Headquartered in Southaven, MS, the Turning Point Admissions Center is trained to assess and place the client into our Turning Point treatment center within a 1 hour time frame. This speed in service, delivery, and thorough long term commitment to the client allows the person struggling with addiction to get quickly on the road to recovery and create a life that’s worth living.

 

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