PASADENA, JANUARY 16, 2012 — Eleven years ago on Martin Luther King Day the Pasadena Recovery Center
opened it’s doors and admitted it’s first client. Founded by psychiatrist Dr. Lee Bloom, his daughter, Alison Triessl and his son, Michael Bloom, the Pasadena Recovery Center has always been dedicated to providing compassionate, comprehensive and affordable treatment to those suffering from chemical dependency. Today marked the center’s 11th anniversary and to celebrate the occasion a special luncheon was held. Distinguished guest speakers Dr. David Smith
, founder of the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic
and noted expert on addiction, and Dr. Matthew Torrington
discussed advances in addiction treatment with 50 plus guests who gathered at the center.
David E. Smith, MD, FASAM, FAACT, has been pivotal in gaining acceptance for the concept of addiction as a disease, and is a Fellow and Past President of the American Society for Addiction Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology. He is an inaugural Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine, and serves as Chair of Adolescent Addiction Treatment at Newport Academy, Medical Director of Center Point, and Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He is the founder of the Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic. Dr. Smith has authored and co-authored over 350 professional articles and over two dozen books, including It’s So Good, Don’t Even Try It Once: Heroin in Perspective
, The Physician’s Guide to Psychoactive Drugs, Drugfree: A Unique, Positive Approach to Staying Off Alcohol and Other Drugs
, and Clinician’s Guide to Substance Abuse.
He is the founder and publisher of The Journal of Psychoactive Drugs.
Dr. Torrington is a board certified Family Medicine physician with a specialty in Addiction Medicine. He has dedicated his professional life to helping those suffering from substance dependence. Dr. Torrington is actively involved in clinical research, community outreach and clinical practice. Dr. Torrington is a clinical research physician with the Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) at UCLA. ISAP is one of the foremost substance abuse research groups in the world.
Pasadena Recovery Center is a leader in the field of treating clients with dual diagnosis – individuals suffering from chemical dependency and other emotional or behavioral issues. The center offers inpatient and outpatient treatment programs as well as a comprehensive family program.