About Our Program Director and Team
Dr. Mark Towns- Addiction and Internal Medicine Physician / SAMHSA Addictionoligist
With more than 25 years of experience in the field of chemical dependency and addiction medicine combined, Dr. Towns and his sophisticated staff and administrative team will tailor a specific treatment program specific to each individual client. Dr. Towns passionately treats patients with substance abuse disorders.
Dr. Towns is Harvard Clinical Fellow who graduated from the Cambridge Health Alliance in Boston, MA. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) and is one of roughly 3,000 Addiction Medicine Physicians in the country. Dr. Towns is also Board Certified as an Internal Medicine Physician by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). A graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School and The University of California at Berkeley. He is also a member of the American Medical Association (AMA), American College of Physicians, (ACP), and the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS).
Dr. Towns is registered with ASAM and CSAM as an Addiction Medicine Physician. He is affiliated with Community Regional Medical Center (a UCSF training campus) in Fresno CA since 2013 and also with Memorial Hospital in Modesto, CA since 2011. He has an extensive experience in the management hospitalized patients including the detoxification of clients from alcohol and drugs and the treatment of acute psychosis. He has, written extensive policies and procedures for both inpatient and outpatient drug and alcohol treatment facilities for licensing and certification for the California Department of Health Care Services. In addition, he also conducts Addiction research in his outpatient facility and regularly facilitate Addiction Medicine Board Review groups at conferences sponsored by CSAM/ASAM.
Our Staff is thoroughly educated in the field of addiction with each certified counselor with over 11 years of experience in the field truly understanding the field of addiction and treatment. Our counselors understand the importance of Relapse Prevention, (which is a significant tool in maintenance), and the advantages of living in a safe environment (note: referrals will be made as needed to SLEs or other) to decrease the exposure to the process of salience (the physiological compulsive response to triggers). They are aware and understand cultural differences which facilitates appropriate individualized treatment planning as well. We are confident that the individualized programs selected, which includes recommended curriculum from SAMHSA, will be specifically tailored to fit each individual client’s success. Our goal is 100% abstinence from substance abuse through providing the best recovery information to these clients. Group sessions will be facilitated to build a strong understanding and approach to the chemical dependency and the recovery process. Counseling groups will enhance motivation that stems from this combined curriculum in our unique environment that will motivate clients toward continued recovery and the will to live and enjoy life without the use of drugs and/or alcohol.