Long Beach, CA (PRWEB) March 20, 2013
This month, clinician, author and international speaker on addictive disorders, Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S, is being promoted from Director of Intimacy and Sexual Disorders Services to Senior Vice President of Clinical Development for the Elements Behavioral Health system.
Since partnering with Elements Behavioral Health in 2010, Mr. Weiss has developed a number of cutting-edge, highly successful intimacy and sexual disorders programs including The Center for Relationship and Sexual Recovery at The Ranch in Tennessee, which houses gender-separate programs for men and women struggling with sex, relationship and intimacy disorders, and the Stimulant and Sexual Disorders Program at Promises Malibu, a specialized program for men who consistently fuse stimulant and “party” drug abuse with relapse-related sexual behavior patterns.
In his new role, Mr. Weiss will continue developing innovative sex, intimacy and attachment disorders programming while working to enhance existing clinical programs to ensure that each one meets Elements Behavioral Health’s high standards of clinical excellence. On an ongoing basis, Mr. Weiss will evaluate, support and oversee the therapeutic efficacy and progressive growth of the Elements Behavioral Health family of clinical programs. He will work to elevate treatment outcomes companywide, ensuring that the multiple behavioral, addiction and mental health concerns that clients present with are matched with the expertise required for long-term healing.
“Our partnership with Rob has allowed us to provide specialized, highly effective treatment for a wide range of addictive behaviors,” said David Sack, MD, the CEO of Elements Behavioral Health. “Our clients and their loved ones will be well-served with Rob overseeing clinical development for all of our programs. He is a true visionary in the field and shares our values of clinical excellence, innovation, respect and exceptional service.”
“I truly thought that having the words ‘corporate’ and ‘health care’ in the same sentence was an oxymoron – until I joined Elements,” said Mr. Weiss. “I was wrong and am learning that we can evolve truly effective, useful and sound clinical work within a larger framework. And for me personally, it doesn’t get better than having Dr. Sack, who is an addiction psychiatrist, as a role model and leader, not to mention the quality treatment teams he has helped to develop. Dr. Sack and the Elements team understand and support my goal of offering cutting-edge, evidenced-based, meaningful treatment to those who entrust their lives and healing to us.”
This has already been a busy and productive year for Mr. Weiss. In addition to his new role at Elements, Mr. Weiss completed Cruise Control: Understanding Sex Addiction in Gay Men, a complete revision of his first book, which addresses the challenges of gay male sex addicts in relationship to social media, smartphone apps, meth addiction and gay marriage, none of which were on the radar when the book first came out in 2005. Now, Cruise Control has become a definitive resource for any gay man, spouse or clinician wishing to better understand how the problem of sex addiction is reflected specifically among gay men and how to approach treatment with this population.
This summer, Mr. Weiss’ next book, Closer Together, Further Apart: The Effect of Technology and the Internet on Sex, Intimacy and Relationships, will be released. It is a non-judgmental, humanistic view of how people’s lives have been affected by the tech-connect boom of the past two decades. The book has a generational focus, looking at the relationship and cultural differences between those who grew up with a computer in their hands and “digital non-natives.” The book also provides an in-depth look at the ways in which digital technology is affecting sex, dating, relationships and intimacy in 2013, compared to the pre-digital media age of just 25 years ago.
About Robert Weiss
Mr. Weiss is the founder of the Sexual Recovery Institute in Los Angeles, Calif. He is widely considered one of the nation’s foremost experts on sex and technology addictions along with the intimacy disorders that often underlie these problems. A media expert to CNN, The Oprah Winfrey Network, ESPN, The New York Times, ESPN and the Today Show, among others, Mr. Weiss also has provided clinical training and program development for the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. military, and behavioral treatment centers throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.
About The Ranch
Since 1997, The Ranch has provided comprehensive therapeutic programs that treat the underlying causes of eating disorders, addictions and other self-defeating behaviors. The Ranch offers innovative therapies to address the multidimensional aspects of the whole person while teaching personal accountability in a safe, nurturing, real-life environment. Located on a working horse ranch in the beautiful rolling hills of Nunnelly, Tennessee, The Ranch offers programs with a variable length of stay, which allows each client to anchor new recovery behaviors needed for lasting change. For more information about The Ranch, call (866) 381-8447 or visit http://www.recoveryranch.com.
About Promises Treatment Centers
Promises Treatment Centers in Malibu and West Los Angeles are the premier addiction treatment centers in southern California. Led by some of the country’s leading addiction specialists, Promises has built an international reputation for innovative addiction treatment and exceptional service. Whether an individual requires detox, residential drug rehab, outpatient treatment, extended care or a sober living environment, Promises has been a drug rehabilitation center of choice for more than 25 years. For more information about Promises Treatment Centers, call (877) 351-7506 or visit http://www.promises.com.
About The Sexual Recovery Institute
The Sexual Recovery Institute is the nation’s premier outpatient program for men and women struggling with relationship, love and sex addiction. Based in Los Angeles, California, the institute offers confidential, affordable and gender-specific programs that encourage healthy sexuality and intimacy, including two-week intensives and individual, group and couples treatment. For more information about The Sexual Recovery Institute, call (866) 819-7849 or visit http://www.sexualrecovery.com.
The Ranch, Promises Treatment Centers and The Sexual Recovery Institute are part of Elements Behavioral Health, a family of behavioral health care programs that also includes The Recovery Place, Spirit Lodge and Right Step. Elements offers comprehensive, innovative treatment for substance abuse, sexual addiction, trauma, eating disorders and other mental health disorders. We are committed to delivering clinically sophisticated treatment that promotes permanent lifestyle change, not only for the client but for the entire family system. For more information about Elements Behavioral Health, visit http://www.elementsbehavioralhealth.com.