Title: Building & Sustaining a Successful Sober Home Business – Best Practices for Sober Home Management
Date: Saturday, January 26
Time: 8:30 AM – 5:45 PM


C4 Recovery Foundation and One Step Software are excited to offer a full-day of learning and discussion for sober home owners and professionals at EVOLUTION. Be ready to:

  • hear directly from treatment centers on key criteria for being part of a continuum of care organizations
  • find out from the experts the latest regulatory changes and updates and how to stay ahead of upcoming regulations
  • learn how to form and nurture great referral relationships from some of the best treatment centers
  • participate in a Q&A with industry leaders that can help you better operate and manage your facility
  • gain knowledge of how to create a sober living setting that supports and sustains recovery
  • hear from doctors and others in the industry about MAT and its role in the sober living community

The Sober Living event is included with a registration to EVOLUTION, however if you wish to attend this event only the registration fee is $100. Simply use the link below to register. If you wish to attend the Sober Living Event ONLY, make sure you select the “Saturday Full Day Sober Living Track Only” option from the main menu.


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320. The Status of our Industry, How Rehabs and Sober Livings Can Work Together (NAADAC Credit Only)
8:30 am – 10:00 am
Christian De Oliveira, BA
Mark O’Connor
Moderated by Eva Hibnick

There have been a lot of changes in our industry. States are imposing more regulations on sober livings, different models of sober livings have emerged. Panelists will talk about what changes they have seen emerge, challenges they have encountered and where the industry is heading.


340. Legal Landscape: Regulations, Revenue and Relationships (NAADAC Credit Only)
10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Zachary Rothenberg, JD
Dave Sheridan, MBA
Tom Buckley, BSW, CADC II
Moderated by Eva Hibnick

The regulatory landscape is constantly changing. Local governments are imposing restrictions on what sober livings need to do to continue to operate. The panel will be discussing: certification of recovery residences; fair housing and zoning, patient brokering and marketing. Hear from some of the experts in the field about what is currently happening on the regulatory front so you can make sure to stay ahead of upcoming regulations.


Lunch Workshop (part of EVOLUTION agenda)


350. The Role of Spirituality in Promoting Recovery
12:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Michael D. McGee, M.D.

A professional language is now evolving for addressing spiritual issue relevant to recovery in faith-neutral and faith-friendly ways. This keynote will briefly describe current clinical models of spirituality, review the evidence indicating efficacy of spiritually-oriented interventions in promoting recovery, and describe clinically-responsible and sensitive ways of introducing spiritually-informed interventions into treatment to optimized outcomes.


360. The Benefits of Peer Support Specialists and Recovery Coaching (NAADAC Credit Only)
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
John Morris, CAADC 2, CIP, MBA
Brandon Greenberg, MS, PRSS
Moderated by Eva Hibnick

Everyone is becoming a peer support specialist or recovery coach these days. Even Medicaid is starting to reimburse for peer support. But what exactly does a recovery coach do? How can you get trained or incorporate recovery coaching into your program? Is it effective?


380. Medication in a Sober Living Setting (NAADAC Credit Only)
4:15 pm – 5:45 pm
Zach Miller, MA, CSARFD, CSAC
Bryan Schwartz, MD
Moderated by Eva Hibnick

Sober living homes allow residents to live in a drug-free environment, practice behavioral changes they made in rehabilitation, and have greater personal freedom to attend work, school, or social functions. Many sober living homes are still wary of prescription medicines, especially medication to manage withdrawal or cravings. If a sober home does not allow individuals in recovery to use these medications, are they putting clients at a greater risk for relapse by denying them important prescription medications?

Learn more about what is happening in the world of medication treatment and hear from doctors and industry leaders as they discuss these issues.

Featured Faculty Biographies

Tom Buckley, BSW, CADC II

Tom Buckley has over 15 years of experience in the addiction and mental health communities. Tom is currently Chief Operating Officer at Pacific Solstice Behavioral Health. He intertwines his clinical work as a CADC II and Social Worker, with his marketing and business development skills to provide optimal client care.

Christian De Oliveira, BA

Christian De Oliveira was Transcend’s first Program Director and he is a graduate of the drug and alcohol program at UCLA. A native of southern California, Christian has worked with Transcend for over four years as both a sober companion and a house manager. An avid boxer as well as a certified surf instructor, he is a strong believer in healing of the mind, body, and spirit. He is also a percussionist who favors the bongos. Christian has been able to use his experience to help young men define new challenges and shape new interests. He is a natural born leader and Transcend is lucky to have his decisiveness on our team.

Brandon Greenberg, MS, PRSS

Brandon Greenberg joined MAP Health Management, the largest peer recovery coach provider in the nation on February 2014. Brandon has been in the healthcare industry for 16 years with 6 years of experience in peer recovery support services/outcomes and 10 years of experience in bioinformatics and cancer research. He also has extensive experience in business development, marketing and revenue cycle. Brandon has held positions with MD Anderson Cancer Center, US Oncology/McKesson Corp and Beacon Navigation Group. Brandon’s interests lie in using the latest technology and outcomes data to help provide the best results for clients.

Brandon holds a Master of Science in Cancer Genetics from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and a Bachelor of Science from The University of California in Microbiology and Psychology.

Eva Hibnick

Eva Hibnick is the founder of One Step Software, which provides software and services to sober livings to help them manage their homes more efficiently. Over 300 sober homes use One Step. One Step also offers an app for residents that has geolocation and allows residents to keep track of meeting count and get notified of upcoming events. Previously, Eva ran a successful digital agency and was a corporate lawyer in New York. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School.


Kim is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Master Certified Addictions Professional and the 60th Certified Trauma Therapist in the Country. She currently works as a Clinical Outreach Professional for Futures Recovery Healthcare in Florida where she focuses on relationship cultivation, community relations and intervention services. In 2001, she began her career at Hanley Center working on the women’s unit and building the alumni program. In 2008, she founded Butterfly House, one of the first FARR Certified Recovery Residences for women.
Kim has dedicated the last two decades working in the addiction field. Specializing in women’s issues, trauma, family, motivational intervention, building community, Kim combines her own personal experiences along with her education and training, to envision and provide a unique blend of clinical care and outreach for individuals and families. She served as board president of Gratitude House and is current board president of Fern House.

Zach Miller, MA, CSARFD, CSAC

In 2009, Zach started his career in Behavioral Mental Health by taking a position as a wilderness guide at an adolescent program in Lake Toxaway, NC. This lead to a job as a senior guide at one of the top adult wilderness rehabs. Zach obtained his CSAC (Certified Substance Abuse Counselor) in 2013, CSAFRD (Certified Substance Abuse Residential Facility Director) in 2017 and Graduated from Wake Forest in 2018 with his Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Zach has been a part of Real Recovery since the beginning in 2009, and now is the Program Director of all Residential and Clinical Services. He helped start the first MAT track at Real in 2016. Zach helped to push for integration and now runs Real Recovery where both MAT and Abstinence clients are integrated in Sober Living and all Clinical Services.

John Morris, CAADC II, CIP, MBA

John Morris, CAADC II, CIP, MBA, after completing his MBA from Penn State’s Smeal School of Business, John embarked on an 8-year career trading options. This lifestyle was ultimately unfulfilling, which led John to Park City, Utah. After starting, developing, and selling two businesses in Park City, John realized his passion was better served helping others and he entered the Treatment world in 2007. He moved to Los Angeles in 2009 to pursue his passion, and has a wealth of knowledge about programs, facilities, and resources available to families and clients to help them on their journey. He utilizes his vast knowledge of holistic interventions, identification with the client’s background, and humor to help people “Re-Integrate”. A huge fan of live music and concerts, John’s catchphrase is “Sobriety Rocks”.

Mark O’Connor

Mark O’Connor is the Director of Marketing and Admissions for The Lighthouse.

Mark has over 27 years of experience in marketing and communications, having spent 17 years of his career at major media companies such as CNN, CBS, NBC Universal and Scripps Networks Interactive. Prior to joining The Lighthouse, Mark led national media teams at three global agencies in New York City.

Mark’s own story of recovery is regularly shared as he travels throughout the country, visiting treatment centers and clinicians. Mark is the father of three teenage daughters and splits his time between New Canaan, Connecticut and Watch Hill, Rhode Island.

Zachary Rothenberg, JD

Zach has spent 17 years litigating business disputes in federal and state courts and in arbitration. He has represented clients in diverse industries including entertainment, professional services, financial services, marketing, and manufacturing. As a partner at Nelson Hardiman, Zach leverages his broad knowledge of industries and business models to advise healthcare clients.

Zach is the co-chair of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. He regularly represents healthcare clients in cases involving breach of contract, fraud, unfair competition, and misuse of trade secrets.

Zach has a breadth of knowledge in the behavioral health space. He advises drug rehabilitation facilities on land use matters, advocating for clients where municipalities seek to restrict operations. He also litigates reimbursement cases and responds to special investigation audits. He defends employment matters including those related to discrimination, wrongful termination, wage & hour, and retaliation.

Bryan Schwartz, MD

Bryan Schwartz, MD, is a board certified internist and addictionologist. He is currently the Chief Medical officer of Recovery Works NW, an outpatient drug treatment facility in Portland Oregon with a heavy focus on Medication Assisted Treatment.


Dave Sheridan, MBA

Dave Sheridan currently serves as President of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences. He is a national speaker and writer with a primary focus on the development and operation of statewide recovery housing systems. His work with NARR includes technical assistance and other work related to the establishment of statewide recovery housing support systems. He is also an advocate and resource on fair housing issues. He is a seasoned executive in the institutional investment field including asset management and product development, capital structure, business combinations, new venture financing and business planning. His behavioral health industry experience includes CFO and Chief Operating Officer positions with a prominent Southern California addiction treatment provider. Dave also serves on the board of the Chandler Lodge Foundation, a men’s recovery residence and community center in North Hollywood, California.

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