LOS ANGELES, June 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Discovery Behavioral Health, Inc., a growing network of evidence-based treatment centers for mental health, addictions and eating disorders, has named David Semanco as Program Director of New Life Addiction Counseling & Mental Health Services in Pasadena, Marylandjust outside Annapolis.
Semanco is a master addiction counselor specializing in applying complementary therapies to enhance the addiction treatment and recovery process. He transitioned into the addiction treatment field in 2002 after successful careers in information technology and music. He continues to integrate technology and music into clinical practice, as evidenced by his work on neurofeedback and music therapy.
New Life is an outpatient concurrent disorders center, providing tailored treatment to strengthen those struggling with substance abuse, drug addiction and alcoholism as well as mental health issues that may contribute to addiction. By offering a variety of treatment tactics – from outpatient group therapy and 12-step program recommendations to medication therapy (MAT) – patients can begin to recognize their behaviors, identify challenges, and develop a healthy lifestyle.
Graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Semanco says his journey into the behavioral health profession began in the 1980s when a professor lent him his “state-of-the-art Apple personal computer” to complete his master’s thesis. Realizing that he had a knack for conveying complex information in layman’s language, he soon found himself helping fellow academics learn the nascent field of computer science. Eventually, he earned another master’s degree in social services with a specialization in addiction treatment.
“If there’s a common thread in my career, it’s that I love helping people,” he says.
Samanco has worked in hospital, residential and outpatient settings, providing direct care and developing programs for adolescents and adults. Over the past two decades, he has witnessed a major shift in public perception of substance use disorders.
“There has been a definite shift from stigmatizing alcohol and drug addiction as a moral failure and towards the realization that it is a chronic brain disease. Similarly, treatment is shifted from a singular focus on changing behavior or turning ‘bad people into good people’ to addressing brain chemistry as the root cause,” he says.
Recognized for his ability to build and nurture strong, yet compassionate, multidisciplinary clinical teams, he is the recipient of the 2020 William “Bill” Callahan Award from the Association of Addiction Professions (NAADAC) for his sustained mission in raising addiction awareness and advocacy for prevention, treatment and recovery support at the national level.
“David’s extraordinary career, varied life experience, and pioneering work in the field of neurofeedback complement our company’s commitment to innovative treatment methods,” says Jean PeloquinCEO and President of DBH.
About Behavioral Health Discovery
Everyone deserves a happy and fulfilling life. That’s why Discovery Behavioral Health has made evidence-based, outcome-focused healthcare accessible and affordable since its inception. With a full continuum of care – drug addiction, medical residencies, residential treatment centers, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, outpatient, psychiatric medicine and addictions, TMS, virtual services and telehealth, we can offer the right care at the right time for adults or teens struggling with mental health issues, addictions or eating disorders. We are a contracted provider with 100 payers and other managed care organizations. Our portfolio of over 130 treatment centers includes service lines that have been operating successfully since 1985. Once treatment is complete, our patients become part of the growing family of Discovery alumni, connected through aftercare programs free, support groups, activities and a caring community. Because when quality behavioral healthcare is at your fingertips, so is happiness.
Discovery Behavioral Health, Inc.
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