Matthew Donlan is the new Chief Executive Officer at Addiction Treatment Center of New England. Until recently he was director of community affairs at the River Oaks Treatment Center/American Addiction Centers in Tampa, Florida. Matt explains, “Our mission is to transform lives and give hope to the hundreds of people battling drug and/or alcohol addiction.”
Matt is a person in long-term recovery from addiction. He credits Cape Cod Community College as an essential step in his mid-life career change. He enrolled at the College and adjusted his work schedule, as a recovery counselor at Gosnold, to meet his academic goals. He is grateful for encouragement from faculty that led to his graduating with honors in 2015. He received multiple scholarships to complete a bachelor’s degree in mental health studies at UMass-Amherst in 2016.
Matt took advantage of an offer to relocate to Florida and join American Addiction Centers in opening an addiction treatment facility in Tampa. Matt’s hard work resulted in a promotion and an offer from his company to assist with paying for an advanced degree, if he chose to pursue it. He immediately enrolled in Florida Institute of Technology’s MBA in Healthcare Management program.
In May 2018, Matt was presented with Florida Institute of Technology’s Outstanding Graduate Business Student of the Year and Phi Kappa Phi National Honors Society’s Scholar Award. Last year he was accepted into Arizona State University’s Doctor of Behavioral Health program.
Matt’s life story is one of working hard to maintain his own recovery, while making a significant difference in the lives of others struggling with addiction and mental health issues.