This event will be live streamed to our Facebook page beginning at 8:30 AM EST and will continue throughout the day. We hope you’ll join us!

Title: Building & Sustaining a Successful Sober Home Business – Best Practices for Sober Home Management
Date: Tuesday, July 17
Time: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM


C4 Recovery Foundation and One Step Software are excited to offer a full-day of learning and discussion for sober home owners and professionals at CORE. Be ready to:

  • hear directly from treatment centers on key criteria for being part of a continuum of care organizations
  • find out from the experts the latest regulatory changes and updates and how to stay ahead of upcoming regulations
  • learn how to form and nurture great referral relationships from some of the best treatment centers
  • participate in a Q&A with industry leaders that can help you better operate and manage your facility
  • gain knowledge of how to create a sober living setting that supports and sustains recovery
  • hear from doctors and others in the industry about MAT and its role in the sober living community

The Sober Living event is included with a registration to CORE, however if you wish to attend this event only the registration fee is $100. Simply use the link below to register. After making your selection from the main menu, make sure you select the “Building & Sustaining a Successful Sober Home Business” checkbox above the First Name field to be able to select the relevant workshops.


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301. Allowing MAT (No CEs Available)
8:30 am – 10:00 am
Brady Schroer
Zach Miller
Tonja Johnson
James Finch
Moderated by Eva Hibnick

Learn more about what is happening in the world of medically assisted treatment. Hear from doctors and other leaders in the industry tell you more about MAT so that you can determine whether offering housing to MAT clients is right for your house.


328. How to Build Referral Sources (No CEs Available)
10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Trey Laird
Jonny Wagenman
Stefan Bate
Kim Koslow
Moderated by Eva Hibnick

Come listen to treatment centers tell you what they look for and how they vet sober livings that they choose to refer their clients to. You will also hear from some sober livings that have successfully built great referral relationships with some of the best treatment centers in their areas.


351. Research on the Efficacy of Sober Living Houses & Strategies for Increasing Peer Support for Recovery (No CEs Available)
12:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Douglas L. Polcin
Moderated by Eva Hibnick

Doug Polcin is one of the leading experts and researchers on sober livings. He will be speaking about his research, the efficacy of peer support, and how to encourage residents to support one another’s recovery. He will also be providing the audience with practical tips on how to involve house managers in creating an environment that encourages peer support.


355. Legal Landscape: Regulations, Revenue and Relationships (No CEs Available)
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Anelia Shaheed
Moderated by Eva Hibnick

The regulatory landscape is constantly changing. Local governments are imposing restrictions on what sober livings need to do to continue to operate. The panel will be discussing: certification of recovery residences; the standards necessary for insurance compensation and how to be compliant with those standards as well as housing standards; patient brokering and the appropriate development referral relationships. Hear from some of the experts in the field about what is currently happening on the regulatory front so you can make sure to stay ahead of upcoming regulations.


377. Open Forum (No CEs Available)
4:15 pm – 5:45 pm
Randal Lea
Christi Adams
Chris Edrington
Moderated by Eva Hibnick

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get into a room with some of the leaders in the industry and ask any questions you want. Some topics we will cover: offering case management/mentoring post sober living, how to measure outcomes, policies. pricing and procedures etc. We will solicit questions from the audience. You won’t want to miss this panel!

Featured Faculty Biographies

Christi Adams

Christi Payne Adams is an educator with both a Masters and Educational Specialist degree in Brain Based Learning. She is highly skilled in human development, learning cycles, special needs awareness and sober living counseling. Christi has superior knowledge and skills working with individuals with chemical dependency issues, alcoholism, and emotionally disturbed individuals.


Stefan Bate, BA, MA, LAC

Stefan Bate, BA, MA, LAC holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Psychology from Regis University and is a Licensed Addiction Counselor in the state of Colorado. Stefan has wide-ranging experience in the field of addiction recovery including: working as a recovery coach, therapist, and program director. Stefan also has extensive experience designing and implementing addiction treatment and recovery support programs. Helping people engage in effective treatment, build a solid foundation for real world recovery and participate in a life of true fulfillment are his specialties. Stefan is currently the Chief of Clinical Operations at Jaywalker Lodge.

Chris Edrington

I came to St. Paul 12 years ago after years of heroin addiction in Boulder, New York, and Los Angeles left me without a life. I was welcomed into the sober community by others with very similar stories who rebuilt their lives. The beginning was tough. I had to accept where I was and what I thought I’d lost. I surrounded myself with people who wanted a better life and I hung on tight. Things got better quickly and I began to see real change. Eventually it became clear, this was less about using and more about having a life. Any addict will tell you, to feel comfortable just standing and breathing in this world is something precious and wonderful. I now have a life that fits me and feels like mine.

St Paul Sober Living started very organically. I wanted to get more involved in the sober community and took a part time gig as a tech with Hazelden. At the time, I had a job on a small construction crew that led to managing rental properties for an out of town owner. They allowed me to use one of the properties as a sober house and that became the Juno House. I found great local help and the company grew very quickly with a lot of encouragement from the community. We worked hard and built St Paul Sober Living into a very cool operation of several houses both in MN and CO with over 100 beds. I’ve since traveled all over the country visiting treatment centers and attending industry conferences to learn how things work from the referent’s perspective and gather lots of input and advice as SPSL grew. I have made many friends along the way and we have great relationships with treatment providers across the US. We are proud of what we’ve done here and we continue to ask ourselves how we can better serve our clients.

James Finch, MD, DFASAM

Dr. Finch was initially trained in Family Medicine. Following a fellowship at Duke University, he stayed on the faculty there with joint appointments in Family Medicine and Psychiatry and helped found and co-direct the Duke Addictions Program.

After leaving Duke he worked for many years in community mental health settings before opening a collaborative addiction and mental health practice in Durham called Changes-By-Choice, which provides both counseling and medication assisted treatments.

Dr Finch is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and Past-President of the NC Society of Addiction Medicine.

Throughout his career, he has been active in clinician training and is Director of Medical Education for the NC Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse, where he co-directs the regional Addiction Medicine Conference held in Asheville each spring.

Eva Hibnick

Eva Hibnick is the founder of One Step Software, which provides software and services to sober livings to help them manage their homes more efficiently. Over 300 sober homes use One Step. One Step also offers an app for residents that has geolocation and allows residents to keep track of meeting count and get notified of upcoming events. Previously, Eva ran a successful digital agency and was a corporate lawyer in New York. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

Tonja Johnson, MD

Tonja Johnson, MD is a board certified psychiatrist with added qualifications and experience in addictions. Dr. Johnson earned her medical degree at James H Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University. She completed her psychiatry internship and residency at the University of South Florida. As a former Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director of several inpatient substance abuse programs, Dr. Johnson has treated a diverse patient population including but not limited to veterans and first responders with dual diagnosis and substance abuse and currently operates a private practice in Wesley Chapel, FL.


Kim Koslow has almost 20 years of experience in the addiction treatment field. In her role as Clinical Outreach Professional, Kim acts as a representative of the organization focusing on community relations, relationship cultivation and intervention services. A native New Yorker and long-time resident of Palm Beach, Kim focuses on the Northeast, while maintaining long-standing relationships in South Florida.

In 2001, she began her career at Hanley Center. While working on the Women’s unit, Kim saw a need for support in aftercare, thus creating an Alumni Program. In 2008, under her parent company, Got Real Recovery, she founded Butterfly House, one of the first FARR Certified Recovery Residences for women. She served as Chief Executive Officer of Got Real Recovery and Butterfly House until she closed the doors in late 2016.

Kim is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Certified Addiction Professional (MCAP), and the 60th Certified Trauma Therapist (CTT) in the country. As a Board Certified Professional Counselor (BCPC), Kim has been facilitating interventions for most of her career. She is also the past president of the board for Gratitude House and current board vice-president of Fern House.

Specializing in women’s issues, trauma, family, motivational intervention, building community, Kim combines her own personal experiences along with her education and training, to envision and provide a unique blend of clinical care and outreach for individuals and families.

Trey Laird

Trey Laird is CEO and Co-Founder of The Lighthouse Sober Living and Recovery Coaching.

Founded in 2016, The Lighthouse is comprised of unique high-end sober living residences for professionals and high net worth individuals seeking a safe and supportive environment from which they can focus on early recovery, rebuild relationships with families and friends, and re-enter demanding careers all amongst a vibrant like-minded fellowship. The Lighthouse is based in Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA and currently serves the NYC tristate metropolitan area. The Lighthouse’s second residence opened in January 2017 and The Lighthouse Recovery Coaching launched in December 2017. The next growth phase of The Lighthouse will include additional residences for men and women in the New York metropolitan area.

Prior to founding The Lighthouse, Mr. Laird was a Wall Street equities trader for 22 years, starting this first career with Bankers Trust and exiting with Lazard. Prior to banking, Mr. Laird attended the Trinity School in Manhattan and Dartmouth College. Mr. Laird has three children and lives in Rowayton, Connecticut with his wife. He is an avid marathoner, travels regularly to share his story of sobriety and treatment best practices, and appears regularly in the press on addiction issues.

Randal Lea, MA, LADAC, QCS

Randal Lea is a licensed addictions counselor with thirty years of clinical and administrative experience.Lea received master’s degrees in Counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University and in Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Mr. Lea has been a frequent presenter on such topics as Assessment, Sexual Behavior in Children, Ethics, Dreamwork, and Trauma. He is a certified practitioner of DreamTending and a Qualified Clinical Supervisor.

Previous to his current role as Executive Director of Community Based Services, Mr. Lea served eight years as Assistant Commissioner with the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services. In 2008, he was recognized by the Praed Foundation as a national “Systems Champion” for implementing a statewide children’s assessment for DCS. He also received the “Friend of Children Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2010 from Tennessee Voices for Children after seven years on their board and was recognized in both 2000 and in 2015 as “Professional of the Year” by the local chapter of NAADAC.

Zach Miller

Zach was the first client to walk through Real Recovery’s doors in 2009. He experienced problems with drugs and alcohol throughout his childhood and at 17, he joined the US Coast Guard as a way to run away from his issues. While there, Zach studied Finance and worked at the US Coast Guard Finance Center. However, after completing four years in the Coast Guard, he realized that his issues with addiction were still present. He went through multiple treatments until he found himself in Asheville, NC, where he met Real Recovery’s founder at a local 12-step meeting. From that moment, he knew his calling was to help others.

After five months of being sober, Zach started working at a behavior wilderness program for troubled adolescents, where he learned that life was the greatest classroom. This led him to take a job as a senior guide at one of the top adult wilderness rehabs. Zach obtained his CSAC (Certified Substance Abuse Counselor) in 2013, CSAFRD (Certified Substance Abuse Residential Facility Director) and has graduated with a BS. He is currently enrolled in his third year at Wake Forest University in their Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s program and is graduating Dec of 2018. Zach joined the sober living team as the Program Director, meaning he oversees all Real Recovery programs, including traditional,MAT Program and CARF Accredited Outpatient Services. He views the main responsibility of his position as creating a safe and fun environment for young men striving for sobriety that is supported by clinical services through continuity of care.

Doug Polcin, EdD, MFT

Dr. Polcin is the Research Program Director at the Behavioral Health and Recovery Studies Program at the Public Health Institute in Lafayette, CA. He has conducted research on substance abuse and recovery issues in sober living house for 15 years. In addition, Dr. Polcin is a licensed therapist and has over 30 years of clinical and supervision experience working in substance abuse and mental health programs.


Brady Schroer, DO

Brady Schroer, DO, obtained his Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology with an emphasis in Chemistry. He attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. After medical school, he completed his general psychiatry residency at an internationally known psychiatric clinic. Dr. Schroer later worked in a large hospital setting for five years as a psychiatric hospitalist taking care of geriatric patients, caring for patients with psychiatric issues on the medical floors and ICU (intensive care units), detoxifying clients from alcohol and benzodiazepines, ECT treatment for depression, and served as Medical Director and Chief of Psychiatry.

Dr. Schroer moved to Western North Carolina in 2007 to become the Medical Director of the inpatient psychiatric unit and the detoxification unit at one of the areas top hospitals and served for seven years in that capacity. Most recently, he has been seeing clients ages 15 and over in sober living environments, residential treatments, and other outpatient settings.

He has vast experience from all different perspectives of addiction treatment and knows what it is like to be a family member of someone struggling with addiction. Dr. Schroer views addiction as a poor coping mechanism for past emotional pain and believes that the emotional pain that breeds hatred, anger, and resentment is what keeps us sick and looking for substances and behaviors to “numb it”. He is extremely compassionate and prefers to educate clients about their illness. He has learned a lot from the clients he has treated and uses that knowledge to help others move into a peaceful life.

Anelia Shaheed, Esq

Anelia Shaheed is an Associate with the Law Offices of Julie W. Allison P.A. Joining the firm in January of 2015, Ms. Shaheed brings a variety of skills and experience in the managed care, insurance reimbursement, provider risk management and other areas involving healthcare providers and insureds.

Ms. Shaheed attended the University of London for her undergraduate studies, where she received her LLB or Bachelor of Law Degree. Subsequently, Ms. Shaheed was admitted to Nova Southeastern University’s Law Program where she graduated Cum Lade in July of 2012. During law school she was an active member of the Moot Court Society and presented at the International Caribbean Court of Justice. Subsequently Ms. Shaheed was admitted to the Florida Bar in April of 2013. She is currently a member of American Bar Association as well as the National Health Lawyers Association.

Jon R. Wagenman

Jon R. Wagenman is the Co-Founder of Farmview Homes, a TNARR affiliated level 2 recovery residence company based in Nashville, TN. Raised by a farming family in Fargo, ND, he wants to put ethics and accountability first in the recovery industry. In addition to operating recovery residences, Jonny is also a professional musician, having played upright bass and bass guitar with artists around the country for the last 6 years.


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  • It was a pleasure to attend a conference that is not based on placing every client on drugs to get them off drugs and alcohol.

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