Portland Business Journal

New owner for local treatment centers
Friday, September 22, 2006

CRC Health Group, which bills itself as the nation's largest provider of substance abuse treatment, announced today that it acquired five clinics in Oregon.

The national firm acquired three methadone and detox clinics in Portland and one each in Tigard and Ontario from National Treatment Network LLC. The five clinics, according to the new owner, treat more than 1,000 clients daily.

The acquisition is designed to extend CRC's reach in the Northwest. The company already owns similar facilities in Washington and California.

Dr. Barry Karlin is CEO of CRC, which has 90 substance abuse treatment facilities in 22 states.

The Orange County Register

CRC to buy local rehab facility
Thursday, September 21, 2006

The newest player in addiction treatment in Orange County is also the biggest in the country – CRC Health Systems.

The Cupertino-based company said Wednesday it is buying 200-bed Sober Living by the Sea in Newport Beach, as well as properties in Tennessee and Oregon.

With the acquisitions, CRC says it has more than 90 facilities in 22 states. The company posted second quarter net income of $1.7 million on revenue of about $63.1 million.

Earlier this year, CRC management and an investment group led by Bain Capital Partners took control of the company for about $723 million.

Terms of the deal with Sober Living weren't announced. A CRC spokeswoman said no changes are planned at the center's day-to-day management.

Sober Living was founded in 1984 as a six-bed treatment facility. The spokeswoman said the company's founders, Carl and Barbara Mosen, are planning to retire.

Compiled from Register news services

The Orange County Register

OC addiction center bought out
Sober Living by the Sea purchased by CRC, nation's biggest chain of treatment centers.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Sober Living by the Sea, a 200-bed addiction treatment center, is being purchased by CRC Health Group, a Cupertino-based company that owns more than 90 addiction and health centers nationally.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Sober Living was founded in 1984 as a six-bed, in-home treatment center. The company now offers a variety of programs that help people with drug and eating addictions, as well as psychological treatment.

The founders of Sober Living, Carl and Barbara Mosen, are retiring. Day-to-day management is not expected to change.

THE ARGUS OBSERVER – Ontario, Oregon
by Andy Gates, Argus Observer
Tuesday, September 26, 2006

New owner takes over local methadone clinic


Five of Oregon's 10 methadone treatment providers - one of which is located in Ontario - were purchased in August by CRC Health Group, a national drug treatment provider.

Allied Health Group's current employees in Ontario will be retained by CRC Health Group, which also has treatment locations throughout the state in Portland and Tigard, according to a press release from CRC.

“The facility now being part of CRC Health Group, the country's largest drug treatment provider, gives it added financial security and the benefit of the availability of more comprehensive care,” CRC spokesman Bob Weiner said via e-mail.

The financial price CRC paid for each clinic acquisition in Oregon is not being disclosed.

CRC Health Group treats people with opiate addictions, through methadone maintenance and detox, and also offers treatment for alcoholics, according to a press release.

CRC acquired five clinics in Oregon - including the Ontario facility - for methadone maintenance, and the health group is “the nation's largest drug treatment provider”- operating 90 facilities in 22 states, according to the Monday CRC release.

Opiates are drugs that are derived from opium and include: heroin, codeine, laudanum, morphine and oxycodone.

Twenty percent of the nation's drug abusers in 2000 were opiate addicts, according to the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, Inc. Web site.

The Allied Health Group became an approved Methadone clinic in Ontario in August 2005, according to Jim Bradshaw, Oregon Department of Human Services Treatment Specialist and DUII Program Technician.

The state of Idaho, though, does not sponsor methadone treatment for heroin addiction, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Public Information Officer Tom Shanahan said. Idaho doesn't offer methadone treatment for heroin addiction because the state upholds the principle of abstinence, Shanahan said.

Methadone is a life-long drug treatment and replacement strategy, Shanahan said, and Idaho's substance abuse cases revolve around methamphetamine, marijuana and alcohol, he said.

“We put money where we can help the greatest number of people,” Shanahan said.

Shanahan said the state of Idaho doesn't track the number of Idaho residents who may have sought methadone treatment on their own in Ontario, without financial assistance from the state.

Methadone and another drug used for opiate addiction, Buprenorphine, block the effects of opiates, reduce opiate cravings and ease withdrawal symptoms, according to an Intelligence Bulletin posted on the United States Department of Justice Web site.

However, these drugs that are used to treat drug abuse can also themselves be abused, according to the bulletin.

Because Idaho does not provide methadone treatment services, some addicts come to Ontario for methadone treatment - a fact that concerns some law enforcement officials, such as Ontario Police Chief Mike Kee.

The methadone clinic presents a problem for Ontario, Kee said.

The Ontario methadone clinic caters almost daily to heroin addicts from Canyon County and Ada County in Idaho - many of whom are law-breakers, Kee said.

“It's not a good thing. For the most part these people are criminals - we've got enough of our own (in Ontario),” Kee said.

However, Weiner said that the aim of treatment is to help alleviate crime, not enhance it, through treating people who have opiate addictions throughout area communities.

“CRC's overarching goal is to increase access to treatment to those with an opiate addiction with all of the resulting benefits: reduction in crime, reduction in emergency visits, reduction in health care costs and a life free from drug abuse, therefore enabling clients to reengage in the community,” the CRC press release states.

CRC hopes law enforcement will see the benefits of treating opiate addiction.

Methadone is also used to treat other opiate addictions, such as dependence on the pharmaceutical drug Oxycodone - and CRC provides treatment options for alcohol addictions as well.

Oxycodone is more popular than heroin in Ontario, but methamphetamine is used far more frequently than the two opiates, Kee said.

Methamphetamine addicted people, though, cannot be treated on site at CRC in Ontario, but meth abusers can be referred to other recourses.

Kee, Weiner and Shanahan agreed that methamphetamine leaves detrimental impacts in communities across the nation.

Other area drug and alcohol treatment providers include: Lifeways Prevention and Recovery in Ontario, Safe Haven in Ontario and Mountain States Chemical Dependency and Counseling Services in Payette.

CRC Health Group, Nation's Largest Drug Treatment Provider, Acquires Treatment Centers in California, Tennessee, Oregon
Expands Treatment Options for Addicts and Alcoholics
9/20/2006 12:32:00 PM

To: State and City Desk, Health Reporter

Contact: Bob Weiner or Rebecca Vander Linde, 301-283-0821 or 202-329-1700, both for CRC Health Group

CUPERTINO, Calif., Sept. 20 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Dr. Barry Karlin, CEO of CRC Health Group, the nation's largest substance abuse treatment provider with over 90 facilities in 22 states, today announced the acquisition of treatment centers in California, Tennessee and Oregon. Karlin stated that CRC's objective is "to expand treatment options for addicts and alcoholics."


-- Sober Living by the Sea, Newport Beach, Calif., 800-647-0042, http://www.soberlving.com

Karlin stated, "I am especially pleased to announce that CRC has acquired Sober Living by the Sea, a nationally renowned facility located on the beautiful port of Newport Beach, Calif., which was one of the progenitors of community based extended care treatment for alcoholism and drug abuse. In addition to its mainstay extended care business, it offers several innovative and exciting programs including the T.E.A.C.H. program (a unique program designed for young adults to go to college while in treatment); the Reflections program (tailored for people over 40 years of age); the Sunrise program (specializing in men's substance abuse issues and chronic relapse); the Victorian (an exclusive eating disorder program); and the newest addition, the Rose program (a high quality, high end chemical dependency program for women). We owe much to the management and staff of Sober Living who have done an outstanding job and warmly welcome them to the CRC fold. This acquisition greatly adds to CRC's capability to offer a complete spectrum of services to our clients."

Sober Living first opened in 1984 by Carl and Barbara Mosen, the current owners from whom CRC purchased the facility, as a six- bed half-way house; it has since grown to a 200 bed facility and is the largest extended care program in the nation.


-- New Life Lodge, Burns, Tenn., 800-365-3899, http://www.newlifelodge.com

CRC announces acquisition of New Life Lodge, Burns, Tenn., (27 miles west of Nashville) a 76-bed inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment facility serving both adults and adolescents.

Karlin stated, "New Life Lodge provides a continuum of chemical dependency treatment including comprehensive evaluations, observation, medically-managed detoxification and rehabilitation, day treatment, intensive outpatient and transitional living programs. Each program incorporates spiritual, medical and psychological treatment modalities into individualized treatment plans.

Billy Young, New Life Lodge executive director, stated, "For more than 20 years, New Life Lodge has served the Tennessee market with distinction, providing quality treatment for people who struggle with alcohol, cocaine, prescription pills and other major drug addictions.

"Providing an opportunity for recovery remains an important part of the mission of New Life Lodge. We promise our staff, patients and their families that our programs will continue to enhance the quality of treatment and deliver the best possible care."


-- CRC Expands Methadone Services to Counter Heroin and Other Opiate Addictions, Announces Acquisition of Five Clinics in the State of Oregon for Methadone Maintenance and Detox Services.

Karlin announced CRC's acquisition from National Treatment Network LLC of five Allied Health Services locations treating more than 1,000 clients daily in the state of Oregon. Three facilities are in Portland, and the other two in Tigard and Ontario. This acquisition will extend CRC's presence in the Northwest United States building upon a strong base which it already enjoys on the West Coast in Washington State and California. "As always," Karlin stated, "CRC's overarching goal is to increase access to treatment to those with an opiate addiction with all of the resulting benefits: reduction in crime, reduction in emergency room visits, reduction in health care costs and a life free from drug abuse therefore enabling clients to reengage in the community."



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