The BlueCrest Podcast

All of us here at BlueCrest Recovery Center pride ourselves on being open, honest, and transparent when it comes to treatment and recovery. That’s why we’re excited to debut a new podcast that tackles some of the most pressing issues in the world of addiction treatment head on, with the same honesty we bring to everything we do.


Each episode, our CEO, Richard Hession, is joined by a special guest for a no-holds-barred conversation about concerns, challenges, and opportunities within addiction and substance abuse treatment. We hope you’ll find these discussions as fun and rewarding as we do.

“The Other Side” is available on iTunesSpotifyYouTube, and SoundCloud—subscribe and leave us a rating or review! With every episode, we’ll also release an exclusive video version of the podcast available only on the BlueCrest site, where you can watch the conversation unfold.

Latest Episodes

The Effects of C-19 on Drug and Alcohol Treatment

The addiction epidemic was already a massive problem throughout the United States.  Unfortunately, 2020 has only made the problem worse. COVID-19 swept across the globe sending people into a panic and forcing them into their homes. The effects of the coronavirus were far more than physical, though. High levels of stress often lead people to seek relief through alcohol and substance use. Battling against the widespread addiction epidemic on its own is difficult enough. It’s only gotten worse with the ongoing spread of coronavirus. We decided to invite a couple of professionals that work in the field of addiction treatment to share their experience with fighting two epidemics at once. […]

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Experience, Strength and Hope Podcast

Experience, Strength and Hope from Professionals in the Addiction Treatment Industry

So today we’re going to have a cool one, I think. I love it. And we’ve all just been having a very brief chat because we didn’t want to get too much into it before we started, but we are going to be talking about what it is to live a life of recovery, get into a life of recovery and then to go into the treatment industry to work in this field, which is for some people, and I think we would all agree that it’s a blessing beyond blessings to be able to do something we have a normal passion for, to earn a living doing something you’re passionate about it, I think is rare in this world. […]

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Suboxone and Other Medically Assisted Treatment

Suboxone and Other Medically Assisted Treatment

One new aspect of addiction treatment that has become popular in recent years is the use of medically assisted treatment (also known as MAT). It is used to treat many substance use disorders as well as to prevent overdose. Due to the recent opioid epidemic, MAT is being used as an alternative to abstinence based recovery. MAT is primarily used for the treatment of addiction to opioids such as heroin and prescription pain relievers that contain opiates. In this episode BlueCrest CEO Rich Hession, Mark Bonnani, Dr. Nicholas Coangelo and Dr. Muhammad Farhan Ijaz discuss this polarizing topic. Is medically assisted treatment effective when treating substance use disorder?

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Why Are Mental Illnesses and Substance Abuse Disorders Misunderstood?

One aspect of addiction treatment that is sometimes misunderstood by family members, patients and the general public is the relationship between substance abuse disorder and mental illness and the importance of co-occurring disorder treatment. In this episode, we’ll explore the different opinions that the general public has about the relationship between mental illness and substance abuse disorder, as well as the role that co-occurring disorder treatment plays in the addiction treatment industry.

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Switching Seats on the Spiritual Titanic: Role of Spirituality in Addiction Recovery

For many people who finally decide to seek addiction treatment, their physical and mental well-being comes first. But what happens when you feel like something deeper is missing? In this candid and revealing conversation, BlueCrest CEO Richie Hession and BlueCrest VPs of Business Development Mark Bonanni and Stas Botsaris discuss their own spiritual journeys during recovery and how trying to get sober without including spirituality is like “switching seats on the spiritual Titanic.”

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Ethics in the Addiction Treatment Industry

Richard Hession, CEO of New Jersey-based BlueCrest Recovery Center, joins Stas Botsaris and Mark Bonanni, Co-Directors of Business Development at BlueCrest, for a candid, far-ranging discussion about ethical best practices in the addiction treatment industry. Each in active recovery themselves, Richard, Stas, and Mark explore the most exemplary and most cringeworthy behavior they have seen in the industry, as well as the ways that BlueCrest prioritizes responsible, client-centered relationships. Join us for a no-holds-barred conversation about professional ethics in an industry that sets out to change peoples’ lives for the better. […]

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Take The First Step Towards A Better Tomorrow

Federal and state law and regulations protect the confidentiality of alcohol and drug dependence patient records maintained by BlueCrest Recovery Center. Generally, the program may not say to a person outside the program that a client attends the practice/program, or disclose any information identifying a client as being alcohol or drug dependent unless:

  • The client consents in writing
  • The disclosure is allowed by a court order
  • The disclosure is made to medical personnel in a medical emergency or to qualified personnel for research, audit, or practice/program evaluation.
  • The disclosure is made to the insurance provider for reimbursement purposes

Violation of the federal law and regulations by a practice/program is a crime. Suspected violations may be reported to appropriate authorities in accordance with federal regulations.

Federal law and regulations do not protect any information about a crime committed by a client either at the practice/program or against any person who works for the practice/program or about any threat to commit such a crime. Federal laws and regulations do not protect any information about suspected child abuse or neglect from being reported under state law to appropriate state or local authorities.

We accept most major insurance carriers and will work with you to help manage your deductibles and copays.  If you do not have insurance, we will work with you to make affordable payments based on a sliding scale according to income.

Research supports the efficacy of group therapy for the treatment of addiction.  To that end, most of our treatment is done in groups (both large 20 people max and smaller 4 people).  In addition, our clinicians will be meeting with every client at least once per month, regardless of the level of care.  Some clients may require more individual therapy.  The treatment team will review this and make the clinically appropriate decision.

YES!  Your clinician will work with you to arrange for either individual family therapy sessions and/or multi-family group therapy.

BlueCrest Recovery Center will conduct an assessment, or level of care evaluation. The goal is to determine the appropriate level of care to meet the client’s individual needs and to provide a recommendation.

Yes, in fact patients with moderate co-occurring illnesses tend to be very successful in our program.  Every client that comes to our facility receives a psychological evaluation to determine any issues. If there are any psychiatric issues determined, we will develop a dual diagnosis treatment plan that will be individualized for each client.

BlueCrest Recovery adheres to the highest treatment standards established by its accrediting agencies. BlueCrest is currently accredited by Joint Commission and   The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities also known as CARF. These governing agencies certify that our services are consistently meeting rigorous treatment standards and to ensure the highest quality of care is always being provided.

A treatment day at BlueCrest consists of three one-hour groups for Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) clients and five one-hour groups for Partial Care Program (PCP) clients. Group schedules for all treatment days are outlined by a clinical curriculum that integrates a multitude of the treatment modalities we offer. Our therapists will conduct weekly individual sessions with each client. These one-on-one sessions most often occurs during treatment hours in lieu of a group session. BlueCrest’s clinical schedule offers comprehensive and diverse therapeutic approaches including, among many others, process (discussion) group, 12-step education/didactic groups, yoga and meditation sessions and life skills training.

BlueCrest is dedicated to healing families as well as the individual client. Our Family Program more casually referred to as “Family Night,” is a weekly meeting held every Wednesday night from 6pm to 9pm. Family night is open to the public, so anyone may attend to experience the positive and energetic atmosphere of our treatment center. Our licensed clinicians facilitate a process or educational group for family members from 6pm to 7:15pm. Family members are encouraged to stay for our 12-step educational group at 7:30pm. Client’s also participate in this 12-step meeting, giving family members with loved ones in treatment the opportunity to spend time with them. And we always provide food! So, please come early to eat and sit with some of our staff. 

The last Wednesday of the month is a special night when we celebrate clean and sober time for current and past clients. The 6pm discussion group on the last Wednesday is attended by both clients and loved ones for a multi-family session. With written consent from the client, BlueCrest Recovery Center will schedule family session during this time or schedule a family session at a different time that is more convenient for you. 

Transitioning from treatment to independent living is a common relapse trigger. BlueCrest’s multiple levels of care are intended to gradually “step-down” clinical structure as clients build independence and grow their 12-step program. Clinicians and our Case Manager will assist in making any necessary aftercare referrals for continued care including but not limited to psychiatrists, doctors and therapists.