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At we hold the content on our website to the highest set of standards, built on our core tenets of accuracy, and transparency. Our team of medical professionals, content writers, and journalists intend to help educate our audience of families and individuals about substance use disorders, as a way of removing the barriers to treatment.

Below you will find information on members of our Medical Review Team, our Content Writing Team, and our News Team. Many of our team members have professional or personal connections to substance use disorders. We encourage you to click on their profiles and learn more about the people behind the content on

Medical Reviewers

Each member of our Medical Review Team is a certified health care professional focused on ensuring our content is up to date, and medically accurate. Each team member listed below uses their professional experience to help make our medical content accessible and educational for our visitors. Although our reviewers are medical doctors, registered nurses, and licensed therapists, the information found on this site is not intended to replace professional medical treatment.

Carol Atkinson RN
Registered Nurse

Dr. Baran Erdik MD
Internist & Cardiologist

Dr. Joshua M. Gleason MD
Research Scientist

Hailey Shafir LCAS, LCMHCS, CCS-I
Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist

Dr. Sarah Toler DNP, CNM
Doctor of Nursing Practice

Content Writers

Our Content Writing Team strives to create compelling, well-written, informative content about substance use and its co-occurring disorders. Our team of writers and editors are consistently updating content on the site to guarantee the information you are accessing is the most up to date medical information available. If you have a question about anything you read on our site, please reach out to our editor.

Renee Dodd
Content Writer

Tyler Faust
Content Writer

News Team

Our News Team has extensive experience in researching and writing breaking stories. Their focus is on the news about substance use, and its co-occurring disorders in the broader scope of the United States. Addiction is affecting all Americans, and it does not discriminate. Our News Team’s hope is that by shining a light on the issues surrounding drug use, legislature about addiction, and treatment providers, they can help remove the stigma attached to this epidemic. If you have a question about any news content or a lead on a new story, email our news team.

Steven E.F. Brown
News Team & Content Writer

Tracy Knepple
News Team

Although we publish content about addiction and mental health, we do not intend to replace the doctor-patient relationship. If you need treatment, please call SAMHSA’s 24/7 helpline: 1-800-662-4357

For all other inquiries, you can visit our contact page.

How Our Helpline Works

For those seeking addiction treatment for themselves or a loved one, the helpline is a private and convenient solution.

Calls to any general helpline (non-facility specific 1-8XX numbers) for your visit will be answered by American Addiction Centers (AAC).

We are standing by 24/7 to discuss your treatment options. Our representatives work solely for AAC and will discuss whether an AAC facility may be an option for you. Our helpline is offered at no cost to you and with no obligation to enter into treatment. Neither nor AAC receives any commission or other fee that is dependent upon which treatment provider a visitor may ultimately choose.

For more information on AAC’s commitment to ethical marketing and treatment practices, or to learn more about how to select a treatment provider, visit our About AAC page. If you wish to explore additional treatment options or connect with a specific rehab center, you can browse top-rated listings or visit SAMHSA.

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