Dr. Thomas Britton began his behavioral health career as a counselor, where he developed a passion for effectively treating individuals with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. For more than twenty years, Dr. Britton has dedicated to helping others through various roles as a therapist, crisis worker, educator, Clinical Supervisor, Executive Director, and, most recently, President for a division of Acadia Health Care.
Dr. Britton believes strongly in the power of recovery, so much that in 2006, he founded a North Carolina organization that advocates for treatment for those without resources. His devotion to the field and a commitment to learning led him to earn a Master's Degree in both Addiction and Marriage and Family Therapy from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. Understanding the importance of strong leadership skills, Dr. Britton went on to earn a Doctorate in Public Health, Executive Management from Gillings School of Global Health at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.
Most recently, Dr. Britton has had appointments at the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) and Illinois Association of Behavioral Health (IABH) and has participated as an advisor to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) on workgroups, directing the field of addiction and increased presence nationally as a leader of quality and outcomes in the addiction space.
Dr. Britton has aligned his personal mission to help others with his life's work. From his early days as a clinician to his current leadership role, his focus remains on helping individuals and their families get their lives back on track. Dr. Britton earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.
Dr. Tom Britton, CEO of the Gateway Foundation, said many factors can lead to drug abuse and mental health issues. “It is driven by trauma. We are living in a global trauma event,” said Britton. “It is driven by helplessness, hopelessness, financial insecurity, and so, in many ways, it was the perfect storm.”
"As CEO of Gateway Foundation, the largest treatment provider in the state, I witness the scourge of this epidemic first-hand. We work with individuals dependent on opioids and comfort families who lost loved ones to overdose. With more than 50 years of assisting over a million people with their substance use disorders, Gateway Foundation knows that thoughtfully tailored prevention and treatment programs foster success and can reverse the tide of addiction. "
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