People find healing with Connections in Recovery

~By Nathalie Baret


Connections in Recovery (CiR) has been on a mission to help individuals struggling with addiction and mental heath problems since its inception in Malibu, Calif. in 2011. The international addiction and mental health treatment consulting and referral resource company has been a vital resource to individuals across the country, offering expertise in consulting, recovery companions, case management, and interventions—inspiring individuals and families to face life’s challenges and achieve greater personal and economic independence.


“At the core of Connections in Recovery lies genuine goodwill,” said CiR Co-Founder Patty Baret, a Certified Arise Interventionist, who has more than 33 years in continuous sobriety and has helped hundreds of chemically dependent individuals enter recovery. “Our goals have been—and still are—to advocate for families. We’re a company that has never accepted referral fees or have any contracts with facilities. We truly advocate for the families. Where this industry is at now, with so many new companies surfacing, it’s important to have somebody that advocates for ‘you’ and doesn’t have any financial hidden agendas.”





Feeling like families were having a hard time figuring out what to do and where to go when they were in crisis, Baret, along with her partner Lauren Arborio (CADAC II)—a substance abuse counselor with UCLA training that has worked in the addiction field for more than 10 years and received training from top addiction specialists in addiction recovery—together launched Connections in Recovery with one non-negotiable objective in mind. “We wanted to create a brand that the community, and families could trust,” said Arborio.


Committed to finding the right solution for each individual and family, no matter what the situation, CiR’s specialization in client advocacy and care has not only propelled the company to become a leader in the medical community that specializes in addiction/recovery and mental health in Los Angeles and the state of California, but it catapulted Connections in Recovery in expanding its services’ platform, resulting in adding more locations housed under the CiR umbrella.


Today, CiR can be found in Los Angeles, in Manhattan with the launch of CiR East Coast, and in Paris and London with CiR Europe.


A key to Connections in Recovery’s growth and success is its worldwide network of services that allow it to respond quickly to the client in crisis. “When we receive a call for help, there is usually only a small window of opportunity,” said Arborio. “Our nationwide and global network of services allows us to respond quickly to the client in crisis by providing interventions, sober transport and/or sober companions. We’re able to assist the referring hospitals, families, clergy, doctors, therapists, or treatment centers when immediate action is needed.”


Baret added, “CiR embraces and continues the strategic mission of helping 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.”




“My mental health companion is amazing! Thank you for bringing her into my life!” ~ R.P. (Patient)


“First off I want to let you all know how wonderful and happy my daughter is with her companion. I will give the Director a call as well to let him know how happy I am with her!” ~ R.P.’s Mother


“Our son seems to be headed in the right direction and I wanted to sincerely thank Connections in Recovery for all of your help. We truly appreciate your support during those difficult first weeks and the following months. Our son’s sober companion was instrumental in his recovery and we truly believe that without him, our son wouldn’t be where he is today. Our companion is a great guy and was a perfect fit for our son. We are forever grateful to you all” ~ Mr. and Mrs. L.


“I wouldn’t have had such a wonderful connection this past weekend with my mother if it wasn’t for your coaching services. It’s the first time her and I connected in a long time. I am very grateful” ~ S.D. (Patient)


“CiR Companions are astute, compassionate and have been amazing with my daughter” ~ Dawn (Mother)


“I am very impressed with the CiR’s staff and companion and how they handled my wife’s transport to the West Coast for treatment” ~ Anonymous (Father)


“I have known CiR Co-Founder Lauren Arborio for several years and am impressed by her extensive knowledge of resources for addiction services. She not only has a good grasp of what is required for a particular individual but knows how to help them find it. She is dedicated to helping people truly overcome addiction” ~ Alicia Ruelaz Maher, MD


“My daughter, struggling with several years to be sober, was helped by Connections in Recovery. I have seen such growth, both mentally and physically in her life” ~ Mary Pat Finn (Mother)


“Lauren Arborio has been a wonderful asset working with my psychiatrist. She creates a safe non-judgmental environment. Lauren goes way beyond her job description, in offering compassionate feedback about the medication I’ve been taking. She always returns my emails and phone calls promptly, and is there to listen. I know I can rely on Lauren and CiR, which is especially important in recovery. Every addiction doctor should have someone like Lauren working with them” ~ Tobi L. (Patient)







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CiRLA & CiR East Coast:

CiR Europe:
(00) + 1 + 888-617-1050
FR: 33 06 37 31 81 33
UK: 44 20 81 44 35 93







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