Connections in Recovery and The UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences  form a Collaborative Relationship


Pictured are Connections in Recovery Co-Founders Lauren Arborio and Patty Baret with Timothy W. Fong MD at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. Dr. Fong is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. He is the Director of the UCLA Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship, which provides high-level training in addiction psychiatry; the Co-Director of the UCLA Gambling Studies Program, and the Director of the UCLA Addiction Medicine Clinic, a teaching clinic that specializes in the treatment of all disorders of addiction.

Connections in Recovery (CiR) is proud to announce they have formed a collaborative relationship between The UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and Connections in Recovery to create 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. By coming together, CiR and UCLA will collaborate on specific targeted projects that include, but are not limited, to:


a) Creation of a Sober Companion Certification Program
b) Creation of a Database Reviewing Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities
c) Hosting Conferences for Family Members of Addictive Disorders and/or
d) Creating Informational Products for Family Members of Addicted Individuals on how to Navigate Treatment Systems



For more than six years, Connections in Recovery (CiR), an international addiction and mental health treatment consulting and referral resource company, has been a vital resource to individuals across the country. Our compassionate and innovative staff coordinates care and assistance to hundreds of people struggling with addiction and mental health problems – inspiring individuals and families to face life’s challenges and achieve greater personal and economic independence. Today CiR has expanded its premier family services based in Los Angeles to the Metropolitan New York and Tri-State area with Connections in Recovery New York – CiRNY- a concierge case management and coaching service which supports caring for a family member or loved one struggling with addiction.


The UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences is the home within the David Geffen School of Medicine for faculty who are expert in the origins of and treatments for disorders of complex human behavior. The Department is also an integral part of The Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA which is a world leading, interdisciplinary research and education institute devoted to the understanding of complex human behaviour and the causes and consequences of neuropsychiatric disorders. The Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital is the department’s flagship for patient care at UCLA and has consistently been ranked among the top five facilities nationwide by U.S. News & World Reports.