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 both residential facilities and outpatient facilities. Our residential centers include Black Bear Lodge in Atlanta, Ga.; Talbott Recovery 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.

Our History

In the 1980s and ’90s, mental health and addiction treatment were largely separate industries. People who needed treatment for co-occurring conditions were bounced back and forth between programs. Mental health facilities were not equipped 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 toward improving treatment for others like himself. He opened the not-for-profit Foundations Associates (FA) in 1995, treating homeless, addicted, schizophrenic men in an eight-bed group home in Nashville, Tennessee.

Academics and industry experts, along with organizations like the Substance Abuse a and Mental Health Services Administration, were beginning to talk about solutions to fill the gaps in care for the dually diagnosed. 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 our inclusion in the publication TIP (Treatment Improvement Protocol) 42, SAMHSA’s guide for treating persons with co-occurring disorders. TIP 42 is an authoritative resource in the treatment industry. FA also participated in 11 federally-funded research studies that assessed its work and provided unique opportunities for us to implement innovative and effective treatment methods for co-occurring disorders.

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FA grew as a community-based Florida model program with a primary patient population of chronically mentally ill men and women with co-occurring addiction issues. In 2000, the original founder formed a small for-profit entity, Dual Diagnosis Management (DDM). DDM purchased The Canyon at Peace Park in Malibu, California in 2004, our first for-profit treatment facility. In 2007, our name was changed to Foundations Recovery Network (FRN) and the for-profit direction became company-wide.

FRN was able to take 10 years’ worth of valuable research, initiatives and best practices into the mainstream private sector, where our 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 company continued to grow, increasing both our residential and outpatient offerings.

In 2015, Pennsylvania-based Universal Health Services, Inc. purchased Foundations Recovery Network to serve as the foundation of their Addiction Services Division. One of the nation’s largest hospital companies, UHS operates behavioral health facilities, acute care hospitals and ambulatory centers throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom and the US Virgin Islands.

Today, FRN operates six residential treatment facilities and 13 outpatient programs in five states. Through all the growth, change and accolades, our core commitment remains the same: to help individuals and their families find healing from co-occurring disorders 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 more than 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.

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 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.