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Do I Have a Drinking Problem?

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Alcohol has been around as long as humans have inhabited the planet. When they discovered fermentation, they found a way to preserve nutrients without refrigeration and they also discovered the pleasing mental and physical side effects of alcohol. The everyday normalcy of living with alcohol started long before modern culture realized what addiction is and how it affects the mind and body. How do you know if you have a drinking problem when alcohol is everywhere and most of the people you know drink?

For those who drink too much and have an alcohol problem, the best course of action is to enroll in alcohol addiction treatment. If you are unsure if you or someone you love has a problem with alcohol, reach out to Apex Recovery Nashville to speak to one of our experienced counselors.

Do You Have a Drinking Problem?

The medical community has a solid grasp of the warning signs of an alcohol problem. If you are wondering about your alcohol intake, there is good reason to investigate further by assessing some of those factors. Consider the list below.

  • Do you regularly feel sick from the effects of drinking?
  • Have you wanted to cut back or stop drinking but were unable?
  • Do you find you often say, “Just one,” but then drink far more than you planned?
  • Have you ever craved a drink to the point that you could think of little else?
  • Have you given up things you once loved or enjoyed in order to drink?
  • Do you ever pass up social events or invitations in order to drink in the privacy of your home where no one can see how much you consume?
  • Does drinking or its effects ever get in the way of your responsibilities to work, school, or family?
  • Has drinking interfered with your relationships with family, friends, or colleagues?
  • Do you put yourself at risk by driving, swimming, having unsafe sex, or other behaviors after drinking?
  • Do you have physical health problems related to your drinking but continue anyway?
  • Is your use of alcohol affecting your mental health, i.e., leading to anxiety or depression?
  • Have you ever had a memory blackout after drinking?
  • Is your tolerance for alcohol really high, requiring you to drink much more to feel the effects?
  • When you are wanting to drink, do you ever feel shaky, restless, sweaty, nauseated, or have a racing heart—all signs of early withdrawal?

If you check any of the boxes above, you may have a problem with drinking. Consider asking your physician for an alcohol addiction screening.

How Alcohol Rehab Can Help

If you are one of nearly 15 million Americans with a drinking problem, a professional alcohol addiction treatment program can help you turn your life around. You can expect some of the things listed below when you enroll in an alcohol rehab program.

  • Evidence-based therapies – Experienced addiction specialists, psychologists, and therapists will work with you in both individual and group therapy to support your recovery by helping you understand your addiction and develop skills to help you live without alcohol.
  • Education – In alcohol rehab, you will learn about alcohol addiction and how your problem with drinking began. Knowledge is power, and when you understand how alcohol interacts in your brain and body, impacts mental health, and interferes with your ability to live a full life, you’ll develop coping skills that will help you avoid relapse.
  • Peer support – The effectiveness of peer support in addiction treatment is well-established. You will be surrounded by like-minded people on their own version of the same journey. You will know you are not alone as you and your peer group help hold one another accountable and offer hope.
  • Individual care – A reputable addiction treatment facility will provide you with a personalized treatment plan geared specifically to your needs, goals, health, and addiction history. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment, though established therapies and models of care can be adapted to each person’s unique circumstances.

If you believe you have a problem with alcohol and are ready to look into addiction treatment, reach out to Apex Recovery Nashville today.

Call Us Today to Start Alcohol Addiction Treatment at Apex Recovery Nashville

Our numerous evidence-based therapies and holistic treatments, combined with options for inpatient or outpatient plans, and the opportunity for family therapy, make Apex Recovery Nashville an ideal place for you to begin your recovery.

Call today at 615.703.4639 or reach out to us online. You are not alone. We are here to help.

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.