Christopher Johnston, MD ABPM-ADM

Chief Medical Officer at Pinnacle Treatment Centers, Inc.
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Christopher Johnston, MD ABPM-ADM graduated from New Jersey Medical School and practiced family medicine for 25 years before joining Pinnacle Treatment Centers in 2011. In the later years in private practice, he increasingly attended to the needs of people suffering from addiction. His goal has been to incorporate the most effective medication-assisted services across the full spectrum of levels of care and ensure nurses and prescribers are following evidence-based procedures.

Dr. Johnston has seen the miracle of recovery among family members and emphasizes that medication is a tool to achieve enough stability in life to do the leg work needed to achieve a clean and sober life.

Based in New Jersey, Dr. Johnston provides direct care at Pinnacle's opioid addiction treatment programs throughout the state. As chief medical officer for Pinnacle, he oversees the medical direction and vision for all of Pinnacle's programs across the country, particular in the medication-assisted treatment (MAT) arena. He is a harm reduction advocate and a recognized expert in all aspects of medication to treat opioid addiction as well as other substance use disorders, including alcohol addiction.

Dr. Johnston has presented at numerous conferences and events around the country, has been featured in national news including Modern Healthcare, WebMD, Medscape, Shape, Healthline, and Parade Magazine, and is a monthly contributor to Medium.