The Recovery Village aims to connect more people to the life-saving treatment they need for addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. Educating the public about the nature of behavioral health conditions and treatment options helps lower barriers to recovery and change lives.
Throughout our website’s medical web pages, blogs, news, related articles and continuing education webinars, we deliver evidence-based content with medically reviewed facts and the latest scientific research. Our mission is to help others by delivering trustworthy, accurate and up-to-date medical and clinical information from a group of passionate contributing experts.
Content Creation Process
Addiction and mental health are sensitive topics. That’s why The Recovery Village Editorial Team carefully vets and reviews every piece of content we publish.
Each medical reviewer is a licensed behavioral health or medical professional who uses their knowledge, experience and access to resources to analyze and confirm every statistic, study and medical claim on the page. They’ll review every cited source and add their own, using information from:
- Government bodies like the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
- Scientific journals like the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse and British Medical Journal (BMJ)
- Educational institutions like Harvard Medical School
- Esteemed organizations like the American Medical Association (AMA)
- Other resources trusted by the medical community
Medical reviewers include licensed counselors, clinical social workers, pharmacists and nurses, and most have master’s or doctorate level degrees. These experts proudly place their names and approval on every piece they’ve reviewed.
Content is reviewed regularly to reflect new research findings and statistics in the addiction and mental health fields and new developments that impact the nation’s behavioral health, like the COVID-19 pandemic. We also regularly publish innovative research studies on current addiction trends, organize continuing education webinars for healthcare professionals and report on the latest behavioral health news.
The ARS Story
The Recovery Village is part of the Advanced Recovery Systems (ARS) nationwide network of addiction treatment facilities. Dr. Mitchell Eisenberg and Dr. Lewis Gold established Advanced Recovery Systems in 2013. We are an integrated behavioral health care management company dedicated to delivering high-quality, evidence-based treatment for substance use disorders and underlying mental health conditions to save lives and repair families.
Advanced Recovery Systems is an accredited Continuing Education provider and has delivered hundreds of hours of in-person and virtual education events to health care professionals to help them stay informed about the latest advancements, trends and topics in behavioral health and earn required continuing education credit. We also offer a virtual Community Education series, created by addiction specialists and mental health professionals to help educate family members, loved ones and the community about addiction and mental health. These webinars are available for free to the general public.
In addition to reaching millions each month with evidence-based content on TheRecoveryVillage.com, the ARS team works with leading news organizations like the BBC, Yahoo and Fox News to provide insight and spread awareness about addiction and behavioral health issues facing America today.
By focusing on quality and accuracy, Advanced Recovery Systems aims to be a trusted leader and authority in substance use disorders and mental health. We write about behavioral health issues with empathy, addressing the realities of addiction while emphasizing that recovery is possible and within reach.
We strive to encourage and motivate our audiences to make the life-saving decision to seek help for themselves or others through compassionate and compelling content.
If you have questions regarding our published studies, press or other media-related inquiries, please email Allison Walsh: [email protected].
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