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Dr. Allen Berger, PhD

Director Clinical Development & Family Services and Senior Clinical Advisor

A licensed Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Berger is an internationally recognized expert in the science of addiction recovery and in-process focused recovery counseling. He wrote Hazelden’s popular recovery mainstay 12 Stupid Things that Mess Up Recovery (2008) as well as, 12 Smart Things to do When the Booze and Drugs are Gone (2010) and 12 Hidden Rewards of Making Amends (2013). He is currently working on a sequel to his first book, 12 More Stupid Things that Mess Up Recovery.

Dr. Berger is uniquely qualified; his own personal journey in recovery started over 40 years ago, in 1971 on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. He was the third Marine admitted into the Drug Amnesty Program that helped Vietnam Veterans with drug problems. He felt inspired to find a new way of life, to help others who were struggling with addiction, and to become educated in the process of psychotherapy. Dr. Berger then went on to helped establish one of the first programs designed to help families who were recovering from alcoholism and other drug addictions. Dr. Berger and Dr. Judy Hollis pioneered this family work at San Pedro Peninsula Hospital in 1975. Over a four-year period, they discovered how to help families adjust to recovery and use their pain and discord to establish better connections.

Dr. Berger received outstanding clinical training throughout his education, but especially from two pioneers in their fields of addiction recovery and Gestalt Therapy; Drs. William C. Rader and Walter Kempler, respectively. In 1987 he received a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Davis.

Dr. Berger now serves as the Director Clinical Development & Family Services and Senior Clinical Advisor, helping assure innovative and quality in all our Beacon HouseSM clinical programing and family services. You can learn more about Dr. Berger and his work at