Our Mission and Vision

Foundations Recovery Network’s mission is to be the leader in evidence-based, integrated treatment for co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders through clinical services, education and research. Our vision is to be the best at delivering effective, lasting treatment and providing superb experiences across our continuum of care in all places.

Creating Lifetime Relationships for Long-Term Recovery

What makes the difference in recovery? How can one help a struggling person find his or her way to healing? Substance use and co-occurring mental health conditions provide a number of formidable obstacles that can keep individuals from living the healthy, happy lives that they deserve. What does it take to usher a person from the disease of addiction into long-term recovery?

At Foundations Recovery Network, we believe in providing evidence-based, integrated treatment and patient-centered care. We treat the whole person, mind, body and spirit. Because we treat both substance use and underlying mental health conditions, we are able to address the root causes of addiction and prepare individuals for a sustainable life in recovery. We specialize in a dual diagnosis treatment approach, and we have been cited as the “gold standard” in the behavioral health industry by Dr. Mark McGovern, a member of Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center, who performed a DDCAT assessment of our program and classified it in the top 5% of treatment programs.

Our methods are outcomes-informed and patient-centered. Our compassionate staff is highly trained in co-occurring disorders treatment, and we believe that real relationships and positive support solidify the unique effectiveness of our spectrum of therapeutic programs. We offer both residential and outpatient treatment services across the country, with modern accommodations and specialized services that keep patients comfortable and engaged as they find healing.

Our family of treatment centers includes five residential facilities and seven outpatient facilities. Our residential centers include Black Bear Lodge in Atlanta, Ga.; The Canyon at Peace Park in Malibu, Calif.; Michael’s House in Palm Springs, Calif.; Skywood Recovery Center in Augusta, Mich.; and The Oaks at La Paloma in Memphis, Tenn. Our outpatient centers include Foundations Atlanta in Roswell, Ga. and in Midtown; Foundations Nashville in Tenn.; Michael’s House Outpatient Center in Palm Springs, Calif.; Foundations San Francisco in San Francisco, Calif.; Foundations Memphis in Memphis, Tenn.; The Canyon at Santa Monica in Calif.; and Foundations San Diego in San Diego, Calif.

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Our History

In the 80s and 90s, mental health and addiction treatment were largely separated industries. People who needed treatment for co-occurring conditions were bounced back and forth between mental health facilities and addiction treatment centers. Mental health facilities were unequipped to handle the challenges of a person’s substance abuse problem; addiction treatment centers were unprepared to care for a person’s mental health and psychiatric needs.

The founder of Foundations was a dually diagnosed individual who had experienced the frustrations of incomplete care. Once on the road to recovery, he turned his sights to improving treatment for others like himself, creating a not-for-profit organization called Foundations Associates (FA) in 1995. The founder began treating patients in an eight-bed group home in Nashville, Tenn., with an exclusive population of homeless, addicted, schizophrenic men.

Academics and industry experts, along with organizations such as SAMHSA, founded in the early 90s, were beginning to talk about solutions to the gaps in care for dually diagnosed individuals. SAMHSA began to roll out grant funding for co-occurring disorders treatment, offering Foundations Associates the opportunity to develop best practices in Dual Diagnosis care. The Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) funded a three-year evaluation of FA’s methods and outcomes, opening the door for its inclusion in the publication TIP (Treatment Improvement Protocol) 42, SAMHSA’s guide for treating persons with co-occurring disorders. TIP 42 is a mainstay in the treatment industry and is widely considered an authoritative and trustworthy resource. FA also participated in 11 federally-funded research studies that assessed its work and provided unique opportunities for the company to implement innovative and effective treatment methods for the dually diagnosed.

Funded by government grants, Foundations Associates grew as a Florida-model program that was largely community-based. Florida model programs focus on therapeutic community settings comprised of treatment in an outpatient environment with sober housing in the surrounding area. FA’s primary patient population was men and women who were chronically mentally ill with co-occurring addiction issues.

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In 2000, the founder formed a small for-profit entity called Dual Diagnosis Management (DDM) that became the managing entity for Foundations Associates. DDM formed a managed care company to handle state contracts for services for the chronically mentally ill. In 2004, DDM gained ownership of The Canyon at Peace Park in Malibu, Calif., its first for-profit treatment facility. In 2006, DDM welcomed Michael’s House in Palm Springs, Calif., its second for-profit treatment facility, to its family of treatment centers.

By 2007, Dual Diagnosis Management transitioned the not-for-profit Foundations Associates services to other willing not-for-profit providers in Nashville and developed the for-profit company under the name we are known by today—Foundations Recovery Network (FRN). During that transition, DDM also purchased a Memphis facility from Foundations Associates and renamed the program La Paloma Treatment Center. FRN was able to take ten years worth of valuable research, initiatives and best practices into the mainstream private sector, where its integrated treatment solutions could find a broader population and utilize a greater pool of resources in order to expand to more sites and develop a full continuum of care. The principle of community recovery developed by FA remained through a social model structure that emphasized peer support, relationships and group activities.

In June of 2009, Rob Waggener became CEO of Foundations Recovery Network. The company continued to grow, increasing both its residential and outpatient offerings. Foundations Atlanta, an outpatient program in Roswell, Ga., opened its doors in 2008, followed closely by the opening of Michael’s House Outpatient Center in Palm Springs, Calif., in 2009. FRN’s outpatient program in Memphis, once connected to the residential center there, moved across town in 2010 to become La Paloma Outpatient Center, which is now known as Foundations Memphis. In 2012, the residential program at Michael’s House doubled in size from 60 beds to 120 beds, expanding its capabilities to serve patients from the local area and across the country. In 2012, The Canyon at Santa Monica opened its doors to provide outpatient services for those stepping down from treatment or entering treatment for the first time. In 2013, two new outpatient centers were established—Foundations San Francisco in California and Foundations Nashville in Tennessee.

The opening of the new outpatient facilities represented our purposeful commitment to engage with patients for a longer period of time in order to strengthen their chance of long-term recovery.

In 2014, we opened Black Bear Lodge in northern Georgia, along with more outpatient clinics, starting with a second Atlanta location, Foundations Atlanta at Midtown. We also opened another California location, Foundations San Diego.

Foundations Recovery Network is unique in the industry for many reasons, but it has two primary distinctions. We are the only private, for-profit provider of integrated treatment with third party validation through the DDCAT (Dual Diagnosis Capability in Addiction Treatment) assessment tool, placing us within the top 5% of addiction treatment programs based on our designation as a “Dual Diagnosis Enhanced” organization. One of the developers of the DDCAT, Dr. Mark McGovern, a member of the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center, assessed our treatment model using the DDCAT and identified us as the gold standard in the treatment industry. We are also the only for-profit treatment provider consistently producing statistically valid and reliable research outcomes, publishing our results in peer-reviewed journals.

Our dedication to the cause of treatment and recovery has been clear throughout the years, and our goal is to help individuals and their families find healing so that they can live healthy, fulfilling lives. Our storied history reveals our continual development and the refinement of our methods, mission and organization. Families have trusted us with their loved ones for almost two decades because our unique system of care has proven effective time and time again. As Foundations Recovery Network continues to grow, our priority is you—and our purpose remains the same: to create lifetime relationships for long-term recovery.

Our Model

The Foundations model of treatment incorporates a 12-Step philosophy while utilizing a technique called Motivational Interviewing (or Motivational Enhancement Therapy). By focusing on the goals, needs and desires of the patient, we create individualized plans and invite patients to become partners in their own recovery process. Our customized approach, multidisciplinary staff and therapeutic methods set patients up for long-term success. Our residential model has achieved remarkable and measurable outcomes for the dually diagnosed as well as gaining national recognition as an exemplary program.

With a highly experienced and caring staff, comprehensive treatment facilities and a long-term commitment to helping those with co-occurring conditions, FRN provides a full scope of services to meet the needs of persons with dual disorders.

Our Movement

Heroes in Recovery LogoIn 2011, Foundations Recovery Network sparked a grassroots movement called Heroes in Recovery, aimed at eliminating the stigma that keeps millions of people from seeking treatment for addiction and mental health issues. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 22 million people need help for substance use each year, but only 3 million receive it. The Heroes movement holds events across the country, such as 6K races—and sponsors a number of other recovery-centered events—to encourage those who are staying sober and to show support for those who still need help. Each Heroes event has a specific charity beneficiary that supports the cause of recovery, and all proceeds are donated to that particular charity.

The centerpiece of the Heroes in Recovery movement is shared recovery stories. When those who are in recovery from addiction and mental health issues take time to talk about their journey to healing, others are inspired to get treatment or stay on course in sobriety. These stories are powerful. They are full of hope. And they can break the stigma that has kept so many people away from the treatment they need. Heroes is about real people in recovery living healthier, happier lives. This movement seeks to change the conversation about addiction and mental health issues and make a difference in people’s lives through support and inspiration.