In the Media

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Our panel of experts often appears in the major media to discuss addiction and mental and behavioral health issues. Here are some of our recent appearances as well as a selection of magazine and newspaper stories. If you are a journalist or media representative who would like to speak with Elements’ experts, please contact us.

David Sack, MD

CMO, Elements Behavioral Health

David Sack, MD, CMO of Elements Behavioral Health, is board certified in psychiatry, addiction psychiatry and addiction medicine. After earning his medical degree from Rush Medical College and completing his residency in psychiatry at the UCLA-Neuropsychiatric Institute, he worked as a senior clinical scientist at the National Institute of Mental Health and as senior vice president for clinical research for Comprehensive Neurosciences.

Dr. Sack is actively involved in programming at every one of Elements’ programs. He brings a level of clinical sophistication to each treatment program that is unparalleled in the treatment field. His background in both research and treatment enables Dr. Sack to enrich each program and ensure that every decision made takes into consideration the impact on clinical effectiveness.

Dr. Sack’s expertise in addiction and mental health has made him a sought-after expert by the media. He is often quoted in major newspapers (NY Times, LA Times, Washington Post); appears on television shows such as The Doctors, Dateline NBC, and Good Morning America; and writes regularly for The Huffington Post, Psychology Today and Psych Central.


Dr. David Sack on CNN

Dr. David Sack Talks About Drug and Alcohol Addiction with Actor Matthew Perry


Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S

Senior Vice President of Clinical Development

Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S has served for the past 6 years as Senior Vice President of National Clinical Development for Elements Behavioral Health. In this capacity, he has established and overseen addiction and mental health treatment programs for more than a dozen high-end treatment facilities, including Promises Treatment Centers in Malibu and Los Angeles, The Ranch in rural Tennessee, and The Right Step in Texas. He was instrumental in integrating Dr. Brené Brown’s Daring Way™ curriculum into the Elements system. Previously, he developed sexual addiction treatment programming for the Sexual Recovery Institute in Los Angeles and The Life Healing Center in New Mexico. An internationally acknowledged clinician and author, he has served as a subject expert on the intersection of human intimacy and digital technology for multiple media outlets including The Oprah Winfrey Network, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, and CNN, among many others. He is the author of several highly regarded books, including Sex Addiction 101: A Basic Guide to Healing from Sex, Love, and Porn Addiction and Cruise Control: Understanding Sex Addiction in Gay Men. He has also co-authored, with Jennifer Schneider MD, both Closer Together, Further Apart: The Effect of Technology and the Internet on Parenting, Work, and Relationships and Always Turned On: Sex Addiction in the Digital Age. He is a regular contributor to several pop and clinical websites, including Psychology Today, Huffington Post, Psych Central, Counselor Magazine, and Addiction.com, among others. For more information please visit website at robertweissmsw.com or follow him on Twitter, @RobWeissMSW.


Robert Weiss says for addicts asking for help becomes the problem

Rob Weiss Talks to ABC 10News in San Diego

Robert Weiss talks about the function of emotions when it comes to addiction


Jason Powers, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer at Right Step

Jason Powers, MD, holds a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Originally trained and board certified in family medicine, Dr. Powers re-dedicated his career to helping addicts and their families after he personally faced addiction. Dr. Powers is now also board certified in addiction medicine and works passionately as chief medical officer at Right Step and Promises Austin to help addicted individuals and their families embrace the healing path of recovery.

Dr. Powers has been recognized four times as a top addiction doctor by H Texas Magazine, and is currently president of the Texas chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and a local expert for The Partnership at Drugfree.org. Dr. Powers is also the author of the comprehensive book about addiction When the Servant Becomes the Master. He is a regular contributor to Psychology Today and The Huffington Post.

Stefanie Carnes, PhD, LCSW, CSAT-S

Clinical Consultant

Dr. Carnes is a national clinical consultant for Elements Behavioral Health and the president of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals, a training institute and professional organization for addiction professionals. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and an AAMFT-approved supervisor. Her area of expertise includes working with patients and families struggling with multiple addictions such as sexual addiction, eating disorders and chemical dependency.

Dr. Carnes is also a certified sex addiction therapist and supervisor, specializing in therapy for couples and families struggling with sexual addiction. She presents regularly at conferences at both the state and national levels. She is also the author of numerous publications including her books, Mending a Shattered Heart: A Guide for Partners of Sex Addicts; Facing Heartbreak: Steps to Recovery for Partners of Sex Addicts; and Facing Addiction: Starting Recovery from Alcohol and Drugs.

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As Seen On

Psychology Today, Good Morning America, THe Huffington Post, OWN Psychology Today, Good Morning America, THe Huffington Post, OWN

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