Our Story

American Addiction Centers was founded in 2007. Since that time, we have grown into the largest network of rehab facilities nationwide, with programs in California, Florida, Texas, Nevada, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Rhode Island. In 2014, we became the first publicly traded addiction treatment provider in the U.S.

We use research-based treatments to help clients with drug addiction, alcohol addiction, and mental and behavioral health issues. Under the guidance of our chief medical officer, our programs are made up of addiction professionals including physicians, registered nurses, licensed marriage and family therapists, social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists. We offer high staff-to-patient ratios to ensure more personal attention for our clients, and many of our staff are in recovery themselves—so they understand what you are going through.

Our success rate is more double the national average, and we have been featured in Forbes, Fortune, Fox News, Daily Mail, Bustle, and USA Today.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide quality, compassionate, and innovative care to adults struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. Through comprehensive and customized treatment plans, we instill hope that long-term recovery is possible. Our purpose and passion is to empower you, your family, and your community by helping you achieve recovery and optimal wellness of the mind, body, and spirit.

Our Chairman and Co-Founder

With over 20 years of experience in the addiction treatment field, Michael Cartwright is a noted behavioral health expert, author, speaker, and entrepreneur and a pioneer in dual diagnosis treatment. He is a founding board member of Dual Recovery Anonymous and is a member of the National Steering Council on Co-occurring Disorders. He has directly supervised 15 federally funded research studies on best treatment practices.

Michael struggled with drug and alcohol addiction in his late teens and early 20s. He eventually found sobriety, and his experiences led him to develop the Five Essential Elements, which he uses as a foundation for his treatment programs. As of 2019, he has more than 25 years of sobriety.

The culmination of his research and experiences are the foundation of his book Believable Hope: 5 Essential Elements to Beat Any Addiction.


Key Features

We Specialize in Dual Diagnosis (Co-Occurring Disorders)

Dual diagnosis treatment, or co-occurring disorders care is the simultaneous treatment of substance use disorder and co-occurring mental health issues. Up to 50 percent of those with mental health disorders also have a substance abuse problem. To combat an endless cycle of unhealthy living caused by addiction and a mental health issue (e.g. anxiety, depression, PTSD, etc.), a co-occurring disorders approach is built into the very core of our treatment programs. If you also have a medical condition (e.g. hypertension, diabetes) that is complicated by your addiction, we offer concurrent treatment for all three conditions.

Research-Based Care

Our treatment program and curriculum are research-based, and we provide the best care possible by rooting our program in scientifically-proven therapy modalities. Our licensed counselors utilize motivational interviewing techniques to “meet our clients where they are,” along with many other research-based treatment practices. Another key component to our program is the integration of philosophies from The 5 Essential Elements book by Michael Cartwright. These elements are based on his 20 years of addiction experience and 15 federally-funded studies on dual diagnosis and addiction. We regularly consult with a wide range of clinical addiction experts to stay in the forefront of addiction treatment and latest advancements in recovery and best practices.


12-Step Philosophy

Besides providing you and your loved ones with customized addiction therapy from our research-based program of best treatment practices, we incorporate the 12-Step philosophies into our program. The support and fellowship gained by attending 12-Step meetings can be beneficial not only during treatment but in aftercare. Introduced in the 1930s by Alcoholics Anonymous, the 12 steps were designed to help individuals achieve physical, emotional, and spiritual recovery.

CARF Accreditation

Many American Addiction Centers programs have earned Three-Year CARF Accreditation, the highest level of accreditation. Thus, according to CARF, there is substantial evidence that these programs and services are designed and operated to benefit the clients. Unlike centers that have earned One-Year CARF Accreditation and were unable to demonstrate conformance to several standards, we implemented processes to ensure our programs and services are client-centered, of highest quality, value, and quality improvement focused.


Caring, Expert Staff

Our staff of compassionate, qualified professionals is committed to your success and well-being in treatment. This attitude includes everyone from medical doctors, resident nurses, board-certified psychiatrists, registered dietitians, licensed counselors, therapists, and social workers, to licensed personal trainers and professional chefs.

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