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Alcohol Detox Program

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client talks with intake specialist at an alcohol detox programEvery journey begins with a single step, and for those battling alcohol addiction, that crucial first step often involves an alcohol detox program. This initial phase of recovery can be challenging, but it is also pivotal, setting the stage for healing and transformation. All too often, people are reluctant to commit to a detox program, thinking that it’s just as effective to detox alone at home or that the benefits of treatment aren’t worth it. Learning more about proper detox at a drug and alcohol detox center can help arm people with the knowledge they need to take better care of themselves.

If you have been on the lookout for a reliable, comfortable alcohol detox program in Nashville, then Apex Recovery Nashville is the place for you. Whether it’s for yourself or for a loved one, our compassionate and experienced staff members treat every client with respect and care. We are committed to meeting each client where they are, and we understand that addiction can affect anyone, no matter their background. Our admissions team is standing by to take your call and listen with an understanding ear. Call us at 615.703.4639 and we can get you started on recovery.

What Can You Expect in Our Alcohol Detox Program?

An alcohol detox program serves as the gateway to recovery for those grappling with alcohol addiction. It’s a medically supervised program designed to help individuals safely navigate through the withdrawal process that follows the cessation of alcohol intake. By mitigating withdrawal symptoms and providing a supportive environment, these programs facilitate the first phase of recovery, setting a solid foundation for subsequent treatment and therapy. An alcohol detox program typically begins with a thorough medical and psychological assessment. This evaluation identifies the following factors for a client’s recovery:

  • Level of alcohol dependence
  • Overall health
  • Any co-existing mental health conditions

Knowing these factors allows addiction treatment specialists to develop a personalized detox plan.

Following the assessment, the detoxification process begins. This phase, spanning several days to a couple of weeks, involves complete abstinence from alcohol. As the body adjusts to the absence of alcohol, withdrawal symptoms such as tremors, anxiety, nausea, and sometimes, more severe effects like hallucinations or seizures may occur. Here, the role of the alcohol detox treatment program becomes clear. Medical professionals provide round-the-clock care, administering medication if necessary to manage these symptoms and ensure the individual’s safety.

After detoxification, the program continues with various therapeutic strategies, including counseling and group therapy. These address the psychological aspects of addiction, helping individuals understand the underlying triggers of their alcohol use and equipping them with the skills to maintain long-term sobriety.

What Are the Benefits of Alcohol Detox?

The Apex Recovery Nashville’s alcohol detox program serves as a catalyst for positive change, offering numerous benefits that extend beyond physical recovery. One immediate benefit is the medical management of withdrawal symptoms, which can be severe, and even life-threatening if managed improperly. By providing a controlled, supervised environment, these programs significantly lower the risk associated with self-detoxification.

Psychologically, detox programs initiate the process of healing the mind. Through counseling and therapy, individuals begin to unravel the complexities of their addiction, developing healthier coping mechanisms and strategies for relapse prevention. This mental and emotional fortification is crucial in maintaining sobriety in the long run.

Socially, alcohol detox programs offer a supportive environment where individuals can connect with others on a similar journey. These peer connections can be an invaluable source of strength and encouragement, fostering a sense of community and mutual understanding.

Alcohol detox programs are also a cornerstone in the treatment of co-occurring disorders. Many individuals with alcohol addiction also have underlying mental health issues. The comprehensive care offered in these programs addresses these co-occurring conditions, significantly enhancing the chances of successful recovery and long-term health.

Begin Detoxing at Apex Recovery Nashville

Treatment at the Apex Recovery Nashville alcohol detox center offers a lifeline to those embarking on the journey to recovery from alcohol addiction. They provide the essential first step towards healing, offering medical, psychological, and social support that paves the way for sustainable sobriety. Despite the challenges a person will encounter on this journey, it’s vital to remember that this first step, though difficult, can lead to a transformation that brings about healthier, more fulfilled living. Kickstart your life in sobriety by calling us today at 615.703.4639 or by reaching out online.

Brenna O’Brien, LCSW

Lead Therapist

Brenna is a Nashville native who earned both her undergraduate and master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from The University of Tennessee where she graduated in 2011. She has a thirteen-year background working in the behavioral health field with adults at all levels of care. Brenna started her career working at a local inpatient hospital, followed by a six year career with a residential co-occurring treatment center. Brenna served as the founder and director of the Clinical Consultant team where she developed protocols to assist patients in getting access to care efficiently without sacrificing customer service. As a result of her efforts, she was named the treatment center’s Innovator of the Year in 2018. She loves to be the voice of hope for patients and families in crisis by providing education and clinical direction.
Brenna’s fun-loving and accepting nature has served her well as a clinician treating individuals struggling with complex trauma, anxiety, depression, perfectionism, and co-occurring disorders. Brenna is a certified NARM therapist and co-owner of SHEchiatry, PLLC, a boutique mental health practice for women in Nashville.

During her off time, you can find Brenna thrift shopping alongside her French Bulldog Reau. She also particularly enjoys early mornings with a matcha latte followed by all things local.

Flora Sadri-Azarbayejani, D.O., MPH, FAAFP, FASAM

Medical Director

Flora Sadri-Azarbayejani graduated from Boston University with a degree in biomedical engineering. She would later go on to complete two master’s degrees at Boston University, one in epidemiology and biostatistics and the other in medical science, along with her doctorate in medicine from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Sadri began her career as an epidemiologist in infectious disease for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. After medical school, she began her career as a family physician at The Community Health Center of Franklin County and then Gardner Family Medicine, a private practice in Gardner, MA. Dr. Sadri made the decision to work with the recovery community as a physician at CleanSlate Centers, then become part of the Promises Behavioral Health leadership team, and then continued her career at PsyclarityHealth.

Dr. Sadri-Azarbayejani is an involved member of medical societies, including the Massachusetts Medical Society, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)and has a publication in AAFP News detailing how family medicine can lead addiction care efforts.

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Fred Bowen

Founder & Board Member

Fred was raised in San Clemente, California. Fred was exposed to the drug culture at a very early age. By the time Fred had graduated from high school, his addiction had progressed to a point that most people do not return from. For another decade, he struggled with addiction and recovery with multiple attempts at abstinence. There were periods of homelessness along with periods of high functioning and experiencing success. Fred realized, ultimately, that addiction was always in control. At the age of thirty, on death’s door, Fred had hit rock bottom and had a moment of clarity that would save his life. That clarity was the sea of change in his life.

20 years later, Fred is not able to recognize his past life in comparison to where he is now. Early on, Fred had made the decision that addiction and recovery would be his sole vocation. He started sober living homes and found that working with people that suffered from the same addiction would be his passion. This was the beginning of Apex Recovery.

“I’m extremely proud of the person I have become simply by staying clean and having an open mind in regards to the recovery process.”

Fred’s hope for anyone suffering the way he did is to be able to find a way out of the vicious cycle of addiction. Recovery is a gift that all are entitled to. Apex can be a part of that.

Jennifer Adams

Chief Legal Officer

Jennifer has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She began her career as a paralegal in the legal department of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee (BCBST), where she spent 15 years learning the health insurance industry. Jennifer held various positions at BCBST, including paralegal, senior privacy consultant, chief privacy, security and compliance officer for a technology subsidiary, and shared health and senior counsel.

Jennifer then further advanced her healthcare experience by joining the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for almost 10 years. Jennifer served as the director for payer Relations, where she was responsible for managing all payer relationships across the country for the VA. In her last position, Jennifer was a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and served as the executive director for integrated external networks, which was responsible for the development, oversight, and management of the community care network program that provides veterans access to community providers when VA cannot provide the service timely or close to home.

Jennifer joined Apex Recovery in February 2023 as our chief legal officer. Jennifer graduated from Tennessee Wesleyan College with a Bachelor of Science business degree in human resource management, economics, and finance. She also holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the Nashville School of Law.

Branch Atkisson

National Director of Business Development

A passion for helping those in need started with Branch’s own personal experience growing up. This morphed into professional expertise in the areas of outreach and community development.

A true understanding of what treatment resources are available and how to connect those in need with them has allowed him to develop relationships that continue to benefit APEX’s patients. “I love sitting with addicts and their families in moments of crisis and helping them understand there is hope through the process of treatment!”

Shauna Soderquist

Director of Admissions

Shauna Soderquist is the director of admissions at Apex Recovery. With over nine years of industry experience, Shauna is committed to helping those who struggle with addiction and has experience with all facets of the admissions cycle. Her experience includes lead development, account management, building and growing teams, and recruitment and training. She brings a high-level understanding of insurance and financial implications of treatment. Shauna is a high performer who is driven to meet and exceed goals and while her career path has given her exposure to all parts of the treatment and recovery processes, her passion will always be in building and maintaining relationships with clients while helping them admit to treatment.

Shauna resides in Thompson’s Station, TN with her husband, and two children and is an active member of her community. When she is not helping those who struggle with addiction, she enjoys spending time with her family, working out, traveling, and enjoying live music.

Michael Cartwright

Chairman of the Board

There is no end in sight for Michael Cartwright. He has a sincere goal to provide endless resources to those who truly want to release the grip of addiction.

Known as a premiere addiction industry trailblazer, Michael Cartwright is a noted behavioral health entrepreneur. He founded Performance Revolution LLC, also known as Fit-Rx, in 2009 and, from that success, was then able to merge with a company named Forterus with a successful history of treating over 12 million individuals in need of addiction treatment. Another success in the industry was the founding of Foundations Recovery Network.

Soon thereafter, Forterus grew and developed into AAC or American Addiction Centers being led by their chairman of the board, Michael Cartwright.

Michael Cartwright is a pillar in dual diagnosis management and the founder of Foundations Associates. Under his management, the organization grew to include four alcohol and drug treatment facilities nationwide, including the Canyon, the leading recovery facility in Malibu, California. One highlight in Michael’s service career is when he served and testified on the Senate Help Subcommittee on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services.

Dr. Matthew Bruhin


Dr. Matthew J. Bruhin is the chief executive officer of APEX Recovery. Along with co-founder Fred Bowen, Dr. Bruhin utilized his experience in the creation of high-end rehabs to construct a center that was cutting-edge and affordable yet lacked nothing. His vision, eye for detail, and desire to lead have created an unparalleled vision for treating addictive disorders coupled with mental and emotional concerns. Dr. Bruhin treats every staff member and participant like family and hopes to bring his clinical and administrative vision to many.

Dr. Bruhin is a State of California Board of Behavioral Sciences-licensed marriage and family therapist as well as an addiction specialist registered by the Breining Institute. Dr. Bruhin earned his doctorate in addiction psychology, has a Master of Arts degree in counseling psychology, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with a minor in addictive disorders. Additionally, he holds many other certifications and has tens of thousands of hours of clinical and training experience.

Dr. Bruhin has a diverse clinical training background, working in the mental health field for over 12 years. He specializes in the treatment of addiction and has specialized experience and clinical training in the treatment of prescription addiction, sexual addiction, and gambling addiction. He works with many individuals and families, ranging from those with chronic mental health conditions to high-level professionals, professional athletes, executives, Hollywood film producers, and TV personalities. He has developed his own specialized and effective techniques for the treatment of addiction and chemical dependency.

Dr. Bruhin loves to write and blog and he appears regularly on network TV as a leader in the addiction field. He has worked with clients from A&E’s hit TV show Intervention as well as the Tyra Show. Dr. Bruhin also performs local TV segments in order to get the public educated about addiction and to break down the stigma of mental health issues. Dr. Bruhin balances his passion for work with the love of his family, his enjoyment of travel, and his vintage Star Wars collection, which can be viewed in his private office.