Recovery from Alcohol, Substance Abuse and Mental Health; Connections in Recovery Can Help

Recovery from Alcohol, Substance Abuse and Mental Health



Since 2011, Connections in Recovery (CiR), an international addiction and mental health treatment consulting company that offers expertise in interventions, case management, recovery companions, and coaching, has been a vital resource to individuals across the country. Their mission then, and today, is to help connect families and individuals struggling with addiction and mental health disorders with the best providers, professionals, recovery companions and treatment resources to support long-term positive outcomes. CiR also provides professional referral services to physicians and clinicians worldwide.


Founded by Lauren Arborio and Patty Baret, CiR has devoted itself to helping individuals in need of addiction treatment and mental health recovery become vital community participants. In 2015, Roommates in Sobriety (RiS) was birthed—the first official and unique online platform that connects the sober community towards the common goals of continual sobriety—quenching the need for people seeking to find sober roommates. The following year, Connections in Recovery partnered with one of the region’s largest nonprofits dedicated to the wellness of New Yorkers faced with disabilities, mental illness and addiction, to create Connections in Recovery New York (CiRNY). Together, they launched a premier family service serving the metropolitan New York and Long Island communities, with two new CiRNY offices located in Manhattan and Long Island.



Connections in Recovery Co-Founders L-R: Lauren Arborio and Patty Baret



In 2017, Connections in Recovery announced they formed a collaborative relationship between The UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and Connections in Recovery for creating scientifically based products that are focused on the industry of recovery from addictive disorders.  Additionally, this partnership will conduct activities that seek to advance treatment advocacy for the prevention and treatment of addictive disorders.





CiR provides concierge case management and coaching services in the Los Angeles area, Tri-state area, and nationwide, that supports a family member or loved one struggling with addiction and mental health issues. Its highly trained staff is available 24/7 to quickly and easily connect clients with the very best treatment teams, as well as their compassionate and innovative Recovery Coaches and Companions coordinate care and assistance to hundreds of people struggling — inspiring individuals and families to face life’s challenges and achieve greater personal and economic independence. CiR cares about you and your recovery. Our kind and knowledgeable staff is dedicated to this concept.




  • -Recovery and Mental Health Companions 


  • -Consultation Services


  • -Case Management Services


  • -Safe Transportation Services


  • -Intervention Services


  • -In-Home Detox Services



Connections in Recovery’s rapid response diverse team of top interventionists, case managers, sober and mental health companions, allow them to help connect families and friends with the right “fit” for any case. Their nationwide and global network of services allow CiR to respond quickly to the client in crisis. CiR is able to assist the referring hospitals, families, clergy, doctors, therapists, or treatment centers when immediate action is needed.






CiR is a rarity in the companion service industry in that their recovery coaches and companions receive standardized supervision and training. Comprehensive screening of our coaches and/or companions ensures that an effective relationship is established and maintained throughout the companionship experience. This screening reassures that the needs of loved ones, who are struggling, will be met.






CiR is renowned for its superior concierge companion services. All of the Connections in Recovery Los Angeles (CiRLA) Recovery Coaching staff receives rigorous, specialized training by CiRLA Clinical Director Georgina Smith, Psy.D. on the west coast; all of the Connections in Recovery New York (CiRNY) Recovery Coaching staff undergoes rigorous, specialized training by CiRNY’s Allyson Cole, Psy.D. on the east coast.









Dr. Max Banilivy, Ph.D. presenting Suicide Prevention/Safe Talk yesterday afternoon with CiRNY coaches and companions. He shared tools and how to get comfortable with having the discussion of Suicide when with a client if it arises. Photo from Connections in Recovery New York Presents: NARCAN TRAINING and SAFE TALK: SUICIDE PREVENTION, Wednesday, September 13, 2017 – 11am to 4:30pm, at CiRNY Madison Office. NARCAN Training presented by Paul Ressler, the founder of TOPAC (The Overdose Prevention Agency); Lunch; Safe Talk-Suicide Prevention training presented by Dr. Banilivy, Ph.D.




NARCAN Trainer Paul Ressler (left), the founder of TOPAC (The Overdose Prevention Agency) with CiRNY Jared Morgenstern, LMSW (right), Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at CiRNY Madison Office.





About CiR Co-Founder Lauren Arborio: With more than 11 years of professional experience as a substance abuse counselor with UCLA training, and CADAC II certified (Advanced level Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor), Lauren has worked with, and received training from, leading specialists in addiction recovery, psychiatry, and pain management. Working with addiction psychiatrists, she interacted with families that were in crisis or loved ones that were newly discharged from treatment. There were many instances where the families were overwhelmed and seemed helpless because their loved ones were relapsing or were not getting the treatment they were promised. This is when she approached Patty with the thought of opening up a consulting company for families to help guide them through the treatment process from beginning to end.


About CiR Co-Founder Patty Baret: Patty is a Certified ARISE® Interventionist, who has helped hundreds of chemically dependent individuals enter recovery, including being asked by the addiction and recovery community at the age of 22 to help mentor and guide women that had co-occurring disorders. Her background includes providing interventions, helping with plans of action, exit plans, and coaching, as well as working for the late Dr. Donald Trockman, a prominent forensic psychiatrist who specialized as a defense witness in narcotics cases. She has also facilitated groups on self-empowerment and relapse prevention. With 32 years in continuous sobriety herself, Patty’s knowledge of the behaviors that accompany substance abuse and process addictions has led her to be recognized as someone the clinical community reaches out for when needing support services for clients that are struggling or in crisis. When founding with Lauren CiR, and CiRNY, Patty wanted to make sure that their sober companions would receive ongoing support, have healthy boundaries, a code of ethics, and be the eyes and ears for clinicians.






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