About Us

treating the addiction epidemic is not a job,
it's a calling

‘We will change the whole conversation’

“We will change the whole conversation about addiction treatment. That conversation, the way addiction treatment works and is seen by our society, must change.

Strive Health and other treatment programs provide the critical expertise to begin and guide recovery. But to really reverse the addiction pandemic affecting us, the center of change must be in the home and in the community. In these places, the places where people live, trust between individuals, their families and communities has been broken. Love is forever, but sometimes families feel they can no longer help. Communities feel they can no longer help, and they stigmatize people suffering addiction as a lost cause.

We want to fix that. We work with anybody that has the courage to help rebuild the bonds of trust with those in recovery. We will partner with community based projects, activists, schools and government agencies to do this. It is a long term program, probably twelve to eighteen months. In short, our vision is social change, not just individual change.”   Michael Evans is Strive’s co-founder and co-CEO

Six years ago, a future Strive leader watched a sailor die by suicide.

“I never imagined I would ever find any calling more worthwhile or important as my time in the Navy,” Eric Golnick says. “However, of all my life experiences during and after my Naval career, the opportunity to help fellow veterans coping with mental health and substance use issues has been – by far – the most rewarding. ”   Eric Golnick is the CEO of Veteran and First Responder Healthcare (VFR), proudly served by Strive Health.

‘Every Morning I looked into their eyes and said a little prayer’

“In 2006, I was at a forward operations base in the Sunni Triangle of Iraq. Every morning as I was going about my medical duties, I watched convoys of young soldiers going out the gate, these kids leaving on patrols. I knew they would not all come back. Every day, I watched them up on the turrets, I looked into their eyes and would say a little prayer. Right then and there I made a vow to myself that I would dedicate my life to working with veterans affected by substance abuse and other mental health problems.”   Dr. John Rodolico is the Chief Clinical Officer of Strive.

‘Our clients will see our passion and dedication to helping them to recovery’

‘Our clients will see our passion and dedication to helping them to recover’ On the Strive team, we are all working collaboratively and in the trenches, and no one person is doing more or less than the other. We are building an organization of strengths, and one that is built on trust and communication.

“Our clients in treatment will experience our passion and dedication to helping them achieve recovery. This individualized treatment will be our signature. Look, there are 17,000 treatment centers in the US today and not one household name. We will be that household name.” Benjamin Knafo is Strive’s Vice President of Business Development

‘It’s all about those individual moments between people that matter’

What I love about Strive is the opportunity to create experiences for others that reflect the passion and commitment we have for helping people successfully achieve addiction recovery. A tremendous amount of thought goes into how we reach the people that need our help. We have a deep respect for everyone who is sincerely trying to make a difference in the addiction pandemic we are facing.

Even our facilities are designed and built to create an environment for healing in which community can come together. Daylight, natural materials, comforting colors, open communal spaces and private individual spaces all offer a welcoming, safe and engaging experience that is a Strive Center. Not to mention, we provide spaces for our staff to love every day too!

It all goes back to people. Whether a client, a family member, a clinician, or a community member, it’s all about those individual moments between people that matter.   Allison Mocilnikar is the Chief Facilities Designer, and Chief Marketing Officer at Strive.

‘The greatest reward for working in recovery is helping others to experience the wonder and grace of their own journey’

“The gratitude that I feel now was the hardest won aspect, and I certainly didn’t notice all of the wonder around every part of my own journey. I think one of the greatest rewards of working in recovery is to help others to experience the wonder and grace of their own journey. Through them, I walk both familiar and unknown pathways. I gain perspective on my own passage and I celebrate victorious wins and mourn the losses that can accompany them.” Deborah Mckinley is Strive’s Vice President of Clinical Operations.

‘I realized how difficult it was to find effective, affordable treatment’

‘I realized how difficult it was to find effective, affordable treatment’ “The more I learned about addiction and behavioral health, the more I realized that loved ones around me were suffering from addiction and behavioral health issues. The more I became involved in helping my loved ones, the more I realized how difficult it was to find effective, affordable treatment. This experience highlighted the stark reality that addiction and behavioral health issues affect more individuals and families than can be imagined and these individuals and families cannot access the kind of treatment needed. Further, this led me to my most important realization: the devastating addiction crisis in America and the significant unmet need for high-quality, affordable and effective treatment needs to be addressed immediately.”   Eric Frieman is Strive’s co-founder and co-CEO.

Strive Health is a private, veteran and family-owned and operated organization that was founded to take on the devasting addiction crisis in America. All of us have spent years and decades helping others into recover or been in recovery...or both. Strive is dedicated to building a brand new environment for addiction treatment that is based on the passion and dedication of the people who work there.

It Takes Real Courage
to Ask For Help.
We know.
We've been there.