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THE ADDICTION RECOVERY CENTER & LIFESTAR™ BAY AREA STORY

The Early Days

The ARC was first founded in November of 1999 by Dr. Mary Anne Fifield as a treatment option for drug and alcohol addiction. At the time, group and individual counseling were all that were offered.

However, over the next several years it became clear that - whereas there were many fine clinics treating chemical dependencies in the Bay Area of California - precious few were treating compulsive sexual behavior. So Dr. Fifield and her Advisory Board took time to reevaluate just what their focus and purpose was to be.

The ARC Reborn

In May of 2004, the ARC became a 501.c.3, nonprofit corporation. By this time, Dr. Fifield's training as a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) from Dr. Patrick Carnes was completed. Later she became a Supervisor for his program, IITAP (International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals), and began supervising local interns and clinicians in Northern California who were studying to become CSATs.

Enter LifeSTARTM

During the next several years, Dr. Fifield cobbled together a program to treat sex addicts and their partners from Dr. Carnes' and Pia Melody's fine material with the help of two interns, Daren Lowman and Invia Betjoseph. However, she was unsatisfied with the results.

Upon hearing of another program, she, Daren and Invia flew to Salt Lake City for the weekend and interviewed Dan Grey and Todd Olsen about their program, LifeSTARTM. Delighted in what they found, Dr. Fifield purchased the exclusive rights to use the Program in the Bay Area. In October 2005 LifeSTARTM Bay Area was launched.

Welcome CPCC in San Ramon!

In 2015 the Community Presbyterian Counseling Center (CPCC) in San Ramon joined forces with the Addiction Recovery Center as a LifeSTARTM Bay Area Program Affiliate.

CPCC is a large professional center staffed with over 20 therapists who are either licensed by the State of California to practice Marriage, Family and Child Therapy, interns who are working towards their required hours to become licensed, or trainees who

Dr. Mary Anne Fifield, DMFT, CAS, CSAT-S, LMFT

Founder and Executive Director of the ARC

Welcome CPCC in San Ramon!   (cont.)

are in their final year of a Masters program at an accredited university.

Our Commitment to You

Today the Program continues to be honed and refined as the treatment field offers up new information about how to help individuals who struggle with sex addiction or hypersexual disorder, as well as their loved ones and families. Yet our commitment remains the same: to offer state-of-the-art treatment, showing the way out of the bondage of addiction.

THE ADDICTION RECOVERY CENTER STAFF

Mary Anne Fifield
DMFT, CAS, CSAT-S, LMFT, MFC 34171
Founder, Executive Director

Mary Anne is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who holds a Doctorate degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary. She is certified as an Addiction Specialist and Sex Addiction Therapist. She brings a commitment to individuals and families who have been impacted by the bondage of addiction. Mary Anne specializes in working with

all types of addiction issues including alcohol, drugs and sex. Mary Anne is the Founder and Clinical Director of the Addiction Recovery Center, a nonprofit treatment program for addicts and their partners. She was formerly an adjunct professor at three seminaries and is currently a sought after trainer, lecturer and consultant on addiction.

Jerry Fihn
MA, LMFT, MFC 53136
Staff Therapist

Jerry is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He received his Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Western Seminary, Santa Clara, CA. In addition to working with substance abuse and sex addiction issues, Jerry works with issues such as anger, depression, anxiety, codependency, self-esteem/self-worth, grief and loss, and family-of-origin issues. He works with individuals, couples, families, as well as with groups.

Jerry also works at the New Life Community Services residential drug and alcohol treatment facility in Santa Cruz where he counsels individuals and groups. He is a Registered Recovery Worker with the California Cerification Board of Alcohol & Drug Counselors (#RW2271). Jerry is a member of CAMFT, the California Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors.

Christine Lee
MA, MFTI, IMF 61315
Staff Therapist

Christine is a registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern with a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Western Theological Seminary. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Hawaii and worked in the high-tech industry for 16 years. Christine has worked as a volunteer at a local Recovery Center for Women and taught classes on codependency. Her clinical

areas of interest are: addiction recovery, codependency, family-of-origin, marital and family therapy, individual counseling, PTSD, anxiety, and depression. She is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. In her leisure time Christine practices martial arts, road bikes, plays tennis, scuba dives and enjoys the outdoors.

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

I learned a lot about myself and even learned reasons for his behavior.”
- WIFE OF ADDICT