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Summit Behavioral Health’s Executive Director of Medical Services Dr. Patricia Allen To Appear At Recovery 360 Conference

Her presentation will provide clinicians and nurses with an understanding of the role of pharmacogenetics testing in co-occurring disorders

Union, New Jersey – July 11, 2017 –
Summit Behavioral Health is proud to announce that Executive Director of Medical Services  Dr. Patricia Allen will be a presenter at Recovery 360 Conference Sponsored by Pyramid Healthcare that takes place from July 20 to July 21 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Allen’s presentation will cover innovative testing methods for patients who suffer from both a mental health disorder and a substance abuse disorder, commonly known as co-occurring disorders.

“I am honored to be included among the speakers at Recovery 360,” stated Dr. Allen. “The presenters for the conference are an impressive collection of healthcare professionals, doctors, nurses, counselors and social workers. Behavioral healthcare deserves this kind of gathering so that we can hear a variety of viewpoints, and learn new methods to improve our caregiving.”

The Recovery 360 Conference is the first of its kind, a gathering of behavioral healthcare specialties that includes mental health, addiction and eating disorder treatment. It offers seminars, 10 hours of continuing education, and multiple networking opportunities. The conference is hosted by Pyramid Healthcare, a rehabilitation center in Pennsylvania that provides treatment for adults and teens suffering from mental health disorders, substance abuse issues and all phases of addiction.

Dr. Allen’s presentation will focus on three main learning objectives:

Applying the principles of evidence-based practice and cost effectiveness in the utilization of genetic testing in the treatment of a client with co-occurring disorders.

Determining the relationship between the use of pharmacogenetics results and treatment engagement outcomes for those with co-occurring disorders.

Describing ways in which genetic testing can empower the client and support sobriety and resiliency within the co-occurring population. 

Dr. Allen, who is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner was a presenter at the recent Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders, and the Annual Conference of the American Psychiatric Nurse’s Association, discussing issues related to pharmacogenetics and medication-assisted treatment for patients with co-occurring disorders. She was also a presenter at the NEI Psychopharmacology Congress.

In her role as Executive Director of Medical Services at Summit Behavioral Health, Dr. Allen evaluates the treatment of patients in detox and also supervises the Intensive Outpatient programs. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the International Nurses’ Society on Addiction.



Summit Behavioral Health is an addiction treatment center that offers drug and alcohol medical detox, inpatient treatment in a residential facility, and intensive and non-intensive outpatient treatment for patients who have successfully completed the residential program. Summit’s integrative treatment combines cognitive-behavioral and emotion-based therapy techniques with 12-step facilitation and relapse prevention.

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Serenity at Summit New England Announces New Director of Clinical Services

Serenity at Summit, a detox and residential addiction treatment program located in Haverhill Massachusetts is honored to announce the appointment of Susan P. Grady LICSW as Director of Clinical Services. Susan has a distinguished career spanning over 35 years in the field of Mental Health and Addiction treatment. Prior to joining the Summit team, she was the Director of Ambulatory services at NFI MA, managing nine programs including Driver Alcohol Education, Medication Management, and Outpatient Services. Susan is uniquely positioned to manage Serenity at Summit New England in its delivery of a truly holistic and personalized approach for each patient.

“Susan’s vast experience and active role in the community, coupled with her passion and dedication to the field blends perfectly with our mission to provide a path to improve the overall quality of life for our patients and their families” said Chief Executive Officer James R. Kane. Kane explains that “Summit Behavioral Health’s programs are based on the fundamental belief that no single treatment philosophy or approach is best for everyone, I am confident that Susan can instill this in the team and help carry out our mission.”

“It is an honor and privilege to be a part of this most distinguished team of professionals dedicated to providing high quality health care services in a unique and innovative environment” Susan shared. “I look forward to the opportunity to support the patients through their personal transformations during residential treatment.”

Serenity at Summit New England is a state-of-the-art, 30 day residential facility that provides clients with exceptional clinical care in a nurturing environment. The program utilizes the latest research based pharmacological and psychotherapeutic techniques to alleviate detoxification symptoms and address the complex emotional issues. Serenity at Summit New England opened in November 2015 to provide detoxification and residential substance abuse treatment services to the New England and Northeast Communities.

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Kathy Ireland’s ‘Worldwide Business’ Program Spotlights Summit Behavioral Health’s Innovative, Individualized Addiction Treatment

Tune in to Fox Business Network or Bloomberg International on Sunday, October 30, 2016 to see Summit Behavioral Health CEO Jim Kane’s featured interview. See market-by-market listings below.

Summit Behavioral Health CEO Jim Kane recently was interviewed for an upcoming edition of the award-winning, internationally-televised TV program “Worldwide Business with kathy Ireland®.” In the segment, Kane focuses on his treatment network’s new individualized addiction treatment program.

Also in the upcoming episode, Kane explains why people might avoid seeking addiction treatment, as well as how Summit Behavioral Health offers a new approach.

“Quite a few things have not changed over the years,” Kane says. “One is denial. Many patients are in denial that they have a problem. The other problem is the stigma of having the addiction and how that is going to be viewed by their family members, their coworkers and others.

“At Summit Behavioral Health, we do a couple of things that are different. Our programs are very much individualized treatment programs. We incorporate evidence-based programming. We also provide DNA testing, which is state of the art and not being done, for the most part, in the treatment community.”

JL Haber, Vice President of “Worldwide Business with kathy ireland®,” said he thrilled to feature Summit Behavioral Health.

“Addiction is a problem that touches almost everyone at every socioeconomic level,” Haber said. “Summit Behavioral Health has come up with innovative, forward-thinking offerings that are exactly what people struggling with addiction need to get healthy. We are so proud to have this great company on our show.”

Summit’s Commitment To Individualized Addiction Treatment

Summit Behavioral Health’s mission is to provide high-quality, individualized, evidence-based treatment services for people who want to overcome their addictions. The company offers both intensive and non-intensive outpatient addiction treatment programs, which are organized into different phases and levels of care so that treatment can be tailored to fit each client’s unique needs. Summit Behavioral Health was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Princeton Junction, New Jersey.

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When The Episode Airs (And Where)

Tune in to see CEO Jim Kane talk about Summit Behavioral Health on Fox Business Network as sponsored programming on October 30, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. ET. You can also catch the episode on Bloomberg International at 7:30 a.m. GMT and 3:00 p.m. HKT.

Visit for detailed airing schedules – or check your local listings.

About ‘Worldwide Business With Kathy Ireland’

“Worldwide Business with kathy Ireland®” is a weekly business and health television program featuring real-world insights from corporate executives all over the globe. It can be viewed on Fox Business Network as part of its sponsored programming lineup, as well as internationally in more than 50 countries on Bloomberg International.

Serenity At Summit New England Earns The Joint Commission Certification

Serenity At Summit Joint Commission Certification

Summit Behavioral Health is proud to announce Serenity at Summit New England has earned its behavioral health certification from the esteemed Joint Commission.

This means that after thorough review, our Serenity at Summit residential facility has met and exceeded The Joint Commission’s rigorous standards for effective integration and coordination of medical detox and behavioral health care services.

According to Tracy Griffin Collander, Executive Director of the Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Program at The Joint Commission, Serenity at Summit New England “demonstrated its ability to provide treatment that addresses the health needs of the whole person.”

What Is Serenity At Summit New England?

Located in Haverhill, Massachusetts, Serenity at Summit New England is Summit Behavioral Health’s first facility to boast a residential treatment program. The staff uses holistic and evidence-based methods to treat individuals who are recovering from drug and/or alcohol addiction. Serenity at Summit New England is also the second facility in the Summit Behavioral Health network to offer medically supervised detoxification services.

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The Behavioral Health Certification Process

In order to achieve accreditation from The Joint Commission, Serenity at Summit New England underwent a thorough on-site survey in early July 2016. A Joint Commission evaluator reviewed the facility and staff for compliance with his organization’s standards for person-centered health care that supports recovery.

The Joint Commission’s behavioral care accreditation program was launched in January 2014 for organizations that either provide primary physical health services or partner with health care providers that do. Behavioral health certificates from The Joint Commission are valid for a period of three years.

Jim Kane, CEO of Summit Behavioral Health, said he was delighted to see his Massachusetts facility receive behavioral health certification from The Joint Commission, which he called “the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation.”

“By achieving this certification, we are operating within a framework to better meet the needs of the people we serve,” Kane added.

The Joint Commission’s Legendary Track Record

The Joint Commission Gold Seal Sized - Summit Behavioral HealthThe Joint Commission was founded in 1951 with the mission to continuously improve health care for the public. This is accomplished by setting health care standards and evaluating organizations and inspiring them to provide high-quality, effective patient care.

Nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the U.S. have the exclusive honor of being certified by The Joint Commission. Health care executives can refer to Joint Commission standards to help them measure, assess and improve the performance of programs and individual providers.

Joint Commission standards are developed as a collaboration between:

  • Health care professionals and providers
  • Employers
  • Subject matter experts
  • Government agencies
  • Consumers

New standards are frequently released to keep up with the advancements of the health care industry, but only if they have a positive impact on health outcomes, comply with federal law, and can be accurately and feasibly measured.

A nonprofit entity, The Joint Commission has the esteem of being the nation’s largest and longest-running standards-setting and accrediting organization in the health care industry.

More On Summit Behavioral Health

With detox, residential and outpatient options offered among six locations in three states, Summit Behavioral Health has quickly emerged as one of the nation’s must-watch health networks for drug, alcohol and co-occurring disorder treatment.

Summit’s individualized treatment programs are designed to expertly and compassionately guide clients from the first days of recovery to long-lasting sobriety, with after-care options available.

Located in New Jersey, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, Summit Behavioral Health accepts men and women 18 years and older who are looking to break their drug or alcohol addiction and heal mentally, emotionally and physically.

Learn more about Summit Behavioral Health’s individualized treatment programs by clicking the button below.

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Can Ecstasy Treat PTSD? Summit’s Dr. Drew Weighs In On Fox News Health

Ecstasy For PTSD Veterans - Summit Behavioral Health

Summit Behavioral Health’s Dr. Elizabeth Ann Drew made a return appearance earlier this week on Fox News’ “Health Talk” segment with Dr. Manny Alvarez. This week, the two discussed the plausibility of using MDMA, aka Ecstasy or Molly, to treat veterans with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).

The online video of Dr. Alvarez’s interview of Dr. Drew accompanied a Fox News Health article about a young veteran who claims that Ecstasy is the only treatment he’s received that has calmed his PTSD.

Veteran Claims Ecstasy Significantly Alleviates His PTSD

The Fox News Health article shined the spotlight on a former combat medic who served in Afghanistan from 2011-12. The now 24-year old veteran, James (last name kept anonymous), said he came back from his tour with severe PTSD. His wife got him a pet dog after he returned home to help with the symptoms of his disorder, but James abused the dog at times during his several fits of rage.

So, James said he soon tried many forms of therapy, including:

  • Medications
  • Psychotherapy
  • Hypnosis
  • Electrotherapy
  • Prolonged exposure therapy
  • Intensive group therapy (seven hours a day, five days a week for three months)

However, the Army vet said nothing really worked for him until he moved to Colorado and tried an experimental form of therapy using MDMA.

Eureka, James claimed.

“It gives you euphoria and love,” he said.

James said the drug helped him confront the demons that were eating at him, and he said his relationships with his family and dog improved.

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Can Ecstasy Legitimately Treat PTSD?

Dr. Drew, Medical Director of Summit Behavioral Health, said at the start of her interview with Dr. Alvarez that Ecstasy has shown signs of helping someone with PTSD when administered and closely monitored by a therapist the patient deeply trusts.

Dr. Drew then traced the history of Ecstasy used in psychotherapy. She said the compound hit the market in 1914 and later was used by some psychiatrists and psychotherapists to treat “their very depressed patients.”

She said that all changed when MDMA was designated in the U.S. as a Schedule I drug in the mid-1980s, meaning it was deemed to have “no therapeutic benefits, but only significant risks.” However, she cited a recent study that found patients showed significant improvement after just two separate eight-hour sessions in which they were given Ecstasy and closely monitored.

Dr. Alvarez and Dr. Drew then concluded that perhaps MDMA should be taken off the Schedule I list, “but with very clear restrictions,” Dr. Drew emphasized. She added that if it were moved to a Schedule II drug, “it should only be available to facilities that are well-trained in its use.”

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PTSD And Substance Abuse Treatment At Summit Behavioral Health

PTSD is one of the most common co-occurring disorders that we treat at Summit Behavioral Health. While we don’t treat PTSD alone, our counselors and clinicians are proficient at accounting for and addressing the disorder when it accompanies substance abuse (which it often does).

While we can’t offer Ecstasy as a medication for the treatment of PTSD – no treatment center in the U.S. legally can – we have other ways to help clients confront past trauma and begin to process it more healthfully. We give it everything we’ve got to help eliminate or drastically reduce clients’ drug or alcohol cravings and PTSD symptoms.

On the other side of the coin, if you suffer from Ecstasy addiction, Summit Behavioral Health is certainly ready to craft a customized recovery program for you. We offer medical detox at locations in Massachusetts and New Jersey, and we have many residential and outpatient treatment options available.

To find out how we can treat your substance abuse issues, and any co-occurring disorders such as PTSD or anxiety, just give us a call and talk to our friendly admissions counselors today.

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