Discovery Behavioral Health Appoints Derek Wilksen CEO of Authentic Recovery Center in West LA

THE ANGELS, July 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Discovery Behavioral Health, Inc., a growing network of evidence-based treatment centers for mental health, substance use and eating disorders, has David Wilksen as CEO of Authentic Recovery Center (ARC) in West Los Angeles.

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Wilksen is an experienced marketing and business consultant with an additional background in behavioral health center management. He was previously Executive Vice President of Serenity Lodge Addiction Treatment Center in Lake Arrowhead in Southern California. He graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a degree in Business/Corporate Communications.

ARC is a Joint Commission-accredited treatment center specializing in evidence-based treatment of substance use and co-occurring disorders, including anxiety and depression. The center is licensed to provide medical detox and medically assisted treatment (MAT) and also offers a wide range of counseling from 12-step programs to clinical therapies including acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT).

“ARC is well positioned to take advantage of the convergence of rapidly evolving evidence-based medicine, proven clinical therapies and the tradition of 12-step fellowships. The path to sobriety is different for each of us, and ARC provides an individualized path to recovery for those in our addiction center,” Wilksen says.

Wilksen has volunteered extensively at Boys & Girls Clubs of America, where he most recently served a two-year term as vice president of his local chapter, raising funds from a variety of sources and helping streamline operations.

“Derek’s background in behavioral health and addiction recovery makes him the ideal executive to lead ARC through the twin challenges of the ongoing pandemic and the overdose crisis,” says John PeloquinCEO and Chairman of Discovery Behavioral Health, Inc.

About Discovery Behavioral Health

Everyone deserves a happy, grateful life. That’s why Discovery Behavioral Health has made evidence-based, outcomes-driven healthcare accessible and affordable from the start. With a full continuum of care – detoxification, medical residencies, residential treatment centers, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, outpatient, psychiatric and addiction medicine, TMS, virtual and telehealth services, we can provide the right care at the right time for adults or teens struggling with mental health, substance use or eating disorders. We are a contracted provider with 100 payers and other managed care organizations. Our portfolio of more than 130 treatment centers includes service lines that have been in business successfully since 1985. When treatment is complete, our patients become part of Discovery’s growing family of alumni, connected through free aftercare programs, support groups, activities and a caring community. Because when qualitative behavioral care is within reach, so is happiness.

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Discovery Behavioral Health, Inc.
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