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, his treatment services span 12 states nationwide and serve the public and private sectors. Michael has helped provide services to many population segments from government grants, Medicaid and Medicare to commercial insurance and private pay.
Committed to quality, effective care, Michael has directly supervised 15 federally-funded research studies on 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. He is 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.
As Chairman of the Board for AAC, a national behavioral healthcare company with treatment centers in Southern California, Nevada, Texas, Louisiana, 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 AAC clinical programs and are integral to the company culture.
In addition to co-founding AAC, Michael launched the national Lifestyle Intervention Conference
that focuses on lifestyle addictions, including food, sex, pornography, gambling, smoking, and gaming. The LIC event is the only conference in the country where behavioral health specialists and treatment professionals come together in one place.
Michael currently lives in Franklin, TN, with his wife and two children.