4th Annual West Coast Symposium on Addictive Disorders – La Quinta Resort and Club, May 30th – June 2nd, 2013

Anybody that is “anybody” is going to be there! A Mission for Michael, Inc.  is so happy to be attending this C4 Recovery Solutions, Inc. conference for 2013. We opened our doors in 2011 in Dana Point, CA after the tragic loss of our Executive Director’s son, Michael. The Board of Directors and Chief Operating Officer all knew Michael well – our current lives have all been mysteriously shaped by Michael’s passing. The work we do with our clients presently echo our experiences with mental health and addiction in a very personal way – it is a small, almost invisible thread that ties us all together. With Michael’s picture in our lobby, his young, handsome face reminds us all why we chose to set up a treatment center the way we did. We wanted it small. We wanted it comprehensive. We wanted it authentic.

We can’t help but notice the massive number of treatment centers opening (and closing) everyday. We remember that providing top quality mental health and addiction treatment services in today’s world – with new and complex substances, management problems and the very real fact that alcoholism and drug addiction is often a life-long illness – is very challenging. What we provide is really not tangible; it is felt. It is heard and seen through a change in behavior. When an addict or alcoholic gets sober, we know it impacts the entire family system and the social circle in which the individual frequents. We could even argue that the impact is global – spiritually, economically and for the benefit of everyone.

Being at this conference is very important for us this year. We are humbled to be able to attend and to network with other like-minded people. Integrity is the characteristic that separates the quality programs and makes them shine. We hope that our glowing staff and all the work they do will help us make an impact this year.   Our industry is people – with all their complexities, sadness, mistakes and their joy, successes and strengths. Tackling the entire laundry list of pains and issues that are presented upon admission in treatment is near impossible as many of them are entire systems and lifelong issues.  At the end of the day, helping our patients move into acceptance – of themselves and of recovery – is the goal. When a patient accepts recovery into their life, a fire is lit from within to seek the solution no matter what.

We’ll see you at the end of the month at Booth #46! For more information about the conference please visit:

http://www.wcsad.com