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The Mike Is ON

Golf and Gratitude

Posted April 10, 2014 at 4:36 pm

The 2nd annual Recovery Ryder Cup was held on March 20-22 at the Tucson National Country Club in Arizona, where under the guise of work, me and 15 other guys teed it up for three days of fun and fellowship in the desert.  Participants are divided into 2 teams of eight, teams East and West,… [Read More…]

The Mother of All Mergers

Posted February 17, 2014 at 9:00 pm

Through my ­­­­­30+ years in this industry, I have had the distinct pleasure to witness the many great accomplishments of my colleagues. Last week, I was pleased to hear the proposed merger between Hazelden and the Betty Ford Center had been finalized, and that these two organizations would be in an even stronger position to… [Read More…]

Welcome to 2014!

Posted January 13, 2014 at 6:53 pm

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s been here for a couple of weeks. For the benefit of all concerned (mainly me) I gave up making New Year’s resolutions years ago. What’s the point? I figure if I keep doing the next right thing, at the right time, for the right reason, New Year’s resolutions lose… [Read More…]


Posted December 17, 2013 at 8:36 pm

One of our corporate declarations states…we believe in volunteerism and will provide opportunities for both our clients and staff to be of service in the community… For the past few years, Northbound has partnered with the Costa Mesa Firefighters Association and Costa Mesa Fire Department in support of their “Santa Letters” project ( Started in… [Read More…]

Irish Eyes Are Smiling

Posted December 2, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Ron Armstrong & Garrett O’Connor On November 21st I attended a wonderful event hosted By Cirque Lodge at The Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. This was the inaugural recognition of A Pioneer In Recovery, and the recipient of this first ever award was Garrett O’Connor, M.D. Garrett, a native of Ireland, is an icon in… [Read More…]

Let Me Tell You ‘Bout My Best Friend…

Posted November 22, 2013 at 9:28 pm

As we approach Thanksgiving, I am reminded of the many wonderful friends God has placed in my life. One of my cherished friends, Susan Ford Bales, fresh off the christening of the USS Gerald R. Ford (see previous blog) spent a couple of days with us at Northbound last week. It was an excellent opportunity for… [Read More…]

Integrity at the Helm

Posted November 12, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Ok, I’m the first to admit I’ve done some pretty cool stuff over the years, but being invited to attend the christening of the USS Gerald R. Ford over the weekend ranks at the top. At the invitation of Susan Ford Bales, who served as the ships sponsor, my wife Maria and I joined other… [Read More…]

The Rewards of All Rewards

Posted October 31, 2013 at 10:01 pm

In the time I’ve been sober, I’ve done two things perfectly – I haven’t picked up a drink in over 35 years, and I’ve loved my three daughters unconditionally. People who know me know that my daughters are the loves of my life, and that they have brought waves of joy and gratitude to my… [Read More…]

…Between a rock and a hard place

Posted March 7, 2013 at 7:25 pm

It’s a rare week when it’s not brought to my attention via an email, phone call, or quick visit that another one of our clients has realized our mission of successfully celebrating one year of continuous sobriety. We treat primarily a young adult population and when I think about the pressures young adults face trying… [Read More…]

The Nashville Summit

Posted January 22, 2013 at 7:14 pm

For the past several months I’ve been fortunate to be involved with what has come to be known as the Nashville Summit. The Nashville Summit is a group of industry executives, physicians, and like-minded individuals, whose sole purpose is to emphasize the importance of abstinent based 12-step oriented treatment, and to assure that this approach… [Read More…]

How We Got Here!

Posted January 4, 2013 at 10:47 pm

Since we announced the name and launched the brand last October a lot of people have asked me how we landed on Northbound. It’s a great story and one that I love telling. You’ve all heard the statement “when the pupil is ready the teacher appears.” Well in our case it went something like this…“when… [Read More…]

Meet Me In St. Louis…

Posted December 17, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Last week I was in St. Louis (Kirkwood actually) for the grand opening of our first regional office, Northbound St. Louis, and was reminded that when you do the right things, for the right reasons, at the right time good things happen. When you add the right people to the mix great things happen! Believe… [Read More…]

Football, Food, Fellowship, and Fun (not necessarily in that order)!

Posted November 8, 2012 at 6:06 pm

One of things I heard early on is that having fun is a symptom of sobriety and that recovery teaches us how to enjoy life. How true! Last week, two of my Northbound colleagues, Paul Alexander and Keenen Diamond, joined me and a couple hundred other sober people in Baton Rouge for the inaugural event… [Read More…]

Transformational Leadership at Northbound Treatment Programs

Posted April 26, 2012 at 9:42 pm

From the moment I arrived at Northbound I‘ve been talking a lot about transformational leadership and how by adopting the principles of transformational leadership, namely transparency, authenticity, and honesty, we have successfully changed the culture at Northbound, and continually raise the bar relative to expectations, behaviors, and performance. At Northbound, transformational leadership is best described… [Read More…]