Our Research

With suicide as the 2nd leading cause of death in the United States among individuals aged 10 – 34, and 1 in 5 adults battling a mental illness, the need for quality behavioral health care and innovative scientific advancements has never been more prevalent. Yet without addressing the core psychological distress behind an individual’s mental health or substance abuse disorder, many will continue to live lives dominated by these difficult but ever-present behavioral health concerns.

Since our inception, we at Retreat have remained dedicated to addressing the heart of these issues, eradicating the stigmas that surround them, and embracing the innovative thinking that can lead to tangible treatment options.

“Only by honoring the work of the past and embracing the possibilities of the future can we implement effective, innovative solutions for the present,” said Retreat’s CEO and president, Peter Schorr, in a statement.

“For this reason, we proactively encourage the dedicated members of our Retreat team to push the envelope and become a part of the solution. I have always seen the treatment of either mental health or substance abuse as an individualized, holistic process. So if our own experts remain engaged on the ground-level of patient care, while always being encouraged to improve treatment options and embrace innovative thinking, then we as a company ought to sponsor that inventiveness.”

Peter Schorr, Retreat’s CEO and President

Dr. Brian Berman, PSYD

– The Choice-Point Model

As a full-time clinical psychologist with Retreat Behavioral Health, Dr. Brian Berman’s [PSYD] main priority is patient care. Utilizing treatments such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), he incorporated an evidence-based practice proficient at treating mental health and substance use disorders. Dr. Berman continues to innovate through his research with the “choice point model” of ACT (CPM-ACT), one of the most cutting-edge approaches.

Because Dr. Berman and his outstanding team dedicated the past 4 years to pioneering research, patient care has profited. Dr. Berman’s study showed that those who attended Retreat’s ACT program became more accepting of their emotions, made healthier life decisions and exhibited increased self-compassion. This is significant and suggests that Retreat residents learn the mental health and recovery skills necessary for success. Additionally, because therapeutic benefits were witnessed after only two weeks, Retreat residents should expect improvements regardless of length of stay.

“In the realm of scientific inquiry, research is constantly evolving. Yet, there exists very little in-depth research when it comes to substance abuse, most especially in inpatient settings,” said Dr. Berman, in a statement, following the release of his research.

“By receiving the incredible opportunity to pursue my research and to ask the hard questions, I got to experience what it was like to find answers in real-time. And these answers help change peoples’ lives. Gaining a deeper understanding behind what we do and how to administer more effective treatment is an incredible blessing.”

– Dr. Berman