Event Speaker Series

At the Pasadena Recovery Center we regularly bring in community leaders and addiction experts to educate our residents, alumni and staff. For example, the Nation’s top drug official, Gil Kerlikowske, spoke about the California marijuana legalization ballot measure (Prop. 19) prior to the 2010 election. Providing such a unique educational setting helps differentiate PRC from other facilities. We firmly believe in learning everyday and growing as individuals — for residents, alumni and staff alike.

Some recent speakers include:

  • Former actress and highly praised author Jennie Ketcham
  • National Director of Children’s Programs for the Betty Ford Center Jerry Moe
  • Best selling addiction author Dr. Gabor Mate
  • Tennis pro, coach, celebrity and author Mary Pat Fayley
  • Founder of the famed Haight Ashbury Free Clinic Dr. David Smith
  • Addiction Medicine expert Dr. Matthew Torrington
  • White House Drug Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske
  • Inspirational author and holocaust survivor Dr. Erica Miller
  • NYT Bestselling Author Christopher Kennedy Lawford
  • Dr. Drew Pinsky
  • Bob Forrest, Bob and the Monster
  • Dr Jeremy Martinez on Prescription Drug abuse and addition
  • David Sheff, NYT Best Selling Author, “Beautiful Boy” & “Clean”
  • Mackenzie Phillips Actress and Author of NYT Best Selling, High On Arrival.
  • Celebrity Rehab Reunion – With Amber Smith, Jason Wahler, Mackenzie Phillips, Bob Forrest, & Shelly Sprague
  • Bob Forrest – Book signing and presentation for his new book “Running With Monsters”
  • Ed Storti – Interventionist
  • Candy Finnigan – Nationally recognized interventionist.
  • Nic Sheff – Son of David Sheff, Author
  • Kristen Johnston – Actress, Author
  • Dr. Harry Haroutunian – Physician Director of the Betty Ford Center.
  • Steve-O.
  • Noah Levine – He teaches meditation classes, workshops and retreats.
  • Pat O’Brien – Radio & Television Personality.
  • Tommy Rosen – Author/Founder Recovery 2.0.
  • Jay Silverman – Producer/Director “Girl on the Edge”.

Below is a list of providers that we are in-network with:

The Experience

Admissions Process

Many people find the very idea of entering a rehab facility daunting. We at the Pasadena Recovery Center want to ease your fears and assure you that we will be here with you every step of the way. Many people believe that the hardest step is the very first one – contacting us – and then it gets progressively easier.


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Typical Day

A typical day at PRC consists of specialized groups such as Anger Management, Grief and Loss, Relationships, Relapse Prevention, Gratitude Group, Groups hosted by Mackenzie Phillips, Gary Richman, and more. Also you’ll get one-on-one counseling sessions with our specialized treatment team, as well as family sessions.


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Expert Speakers Series

At the Pasadena Recovery Center we regularly bring in community leaders and addiction experts to educate our residents, alumni and staff. For example, the Nation’s top drug official, Gil Kerlikowske (photo right), spoke about the California marijuana legalization ballot measure (Prop. 19) prior to the 2010 election.


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  • "Bob is the most talented chemical dependency counselor I've ever seen. Simple. Period."

    ~ Dr. Drew Pinsky

  • “Shelly the Shark always has the answers to everything. I want to thank you for being so tough on me.”

    ~ Ricco Rodriguez, Former UFC Champ

  • “That’s what we need, we need Shelly there everyday kicking our ass.”

    ~ Seth Binzer, Shifty Shellshock