Known as an addiction industry author, national speaker, and overall trailblazer, Michael Cartwright has been a behavioral healthcare entrepreneur for over 20 years. Having started four companies, Michael’s treatment services have spanned 12 states across the nation and served both the public and private sectors. From government grants, Medicaid and Medicare to commercial insurance and private pay, Michael has provided services to many population segments.
Committed to quality, effective care, Michael has directly supervised 15 federally-funded research studies regarding best treatment practices. Identified as an expert on program development, integrated care, and research-based approaches, Michael was appointed to the U.S. Senate Help Sub-Committee on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, a bi-partisan Technical Advisory Workgroup and NASADAD/NASMHPD Joint Task Force. Michael was also a founding board member of Dual Recovery Anonymous and currently serves as a member of the National Steering Council on Co-occurring Disorders.
The culmination of his research and experience are the foundation of his book Believable Hope: 5 Essential Elements to Beat Any Addiction.
In Believable Hope, Michael shares his personal struggles, recovery process, and 5-pronged approach, the 5 Essential Elements, that have caused dramatic, healthy transformations for thousands of people.
Currently, the Chairman of the Board for American Addiction Centers, a national behavioral healthcare company with treatment centers located in Southern California, Nevada, Texas, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Florida, Michael offers treatment and recovery options for drug, alcohol, and mental health disorders. The 5 Essential Elements play a key role in American Addiction Centers’ clinical programs and are integral to the AAC culture.
In addition to co-founding American Addiction Centers, Michael launched the national Lifestyle Intervention Conference
. This annual conference focuses on all lifestyle addictions, including food, obesity, sex, pornography, gambling, smoking, and gaming. Currently in its sixth year, this is the only conference in the country where treatment professionals for all behavioral health specialties come together in one place.
Michael currently lives in Franklin, TN, with his wife and two children.