American Addiction Centers
|Headquarters||Brentwood, Tennessee, U.S.|
American Addiction Centers (also known as AAC) is a Brentwood, Tennessee-based healthcare facilities and services company providing treatment for substance use disorders and mental health disorders.
The company delivers addiction treatment services in residential and outpatient facilities, as well as provides drug testing and diagnostic laboratory services. Andrew McWilliams is the current CEO of AAC and Mark Calarco is the CEO of its laboratory division.
By 2015, American Addiction Centers ran 8 facilities in 6 states after acquiring several sites in California, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Mississippi. Among the company’s acquisitions in 2015 were also two digital marketing firms focused on publishing online content on substance use disorders – Referral Solutions Group and Taj Media; and Aliso Viejo-based Laguna Treatment Hospital’s building for $13.5 million.
During the COVID 19 pandemic, AAC provided coronavirus testing for its patients and the local Tennessee community through its in-house lab to prevent infections. It also launched telehealth services on its mobile application and monitored the vitals of an in-house patient through their EarlySense technology and toxicology testing as a part of their ongoing treatment program.
As of December 2020, AAC operates 26 locations in eight states of the US.
American Addiction Centers conducts studies and research through its subsidiaries. In 2018, the center conducted patient outcome studies with Centerstone Research Institute. In 2020, they conducted a study on people’s alcohol consumption pattern during the COVID 19 pandemic, and a research on substance use disorder likelihood in the LGBTQ+ community. The company also conducted other alcohol-related surveys and studies during the pandemic.
In August 2015 AAC's stock fell 50% after evidence that AAC had been charged with second-degree murder charges. Shares fell after Bleecker Street Research, an entity run by then-college student Chris Drose, exposed evidence that the company had known about the charges since 2013.
According to an investigation by Mother Jones, centers managed by AAC often leave patients unattended, which led to some patient deaths and lawsuits. For example, 33-year-old April Leeming was found dead at AAC’s inpatient treatment center. She was allegedly unmonitored for nearly nine hours, according to a police report. AAC denies it and claims that its death rate is the lowest in the industry.
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