The Freedom to Begin Again

The Frontlines is a place for anyone and everyone who is looking for information about the drug epidemic, addiction, recovery and beyond. You can find stories of hope, strength and healing from people who have been where you are, information about different 12-step programs, the latest news about addiction and recovery, and answers to all your questions.

About Straight Talk

“Straight Talk with Mike Gimbel” is a nationally syndicated substance abuse awareness television program. The program airs in several markets on the Straight Talk YouTube channel. In each episode, Mike welcomes drug crisis experts and drug treatment professionals to dig into the variety of ways that people struggling with addiction can get help and regain their lives.

About the Host


Mike Gimbel has worked in substance abuse education, prevention, and treatment for nearly 40 years. He is currently the President of Mike Gimbel Associates, a national substance abuse consulting company based in Timonium, Maryland. Mike is also often called upon by local, state, and national media as one of the nation’s most knowledgeable experts on substance abuse and addiction.

As a recovering addict with 47 years of sobriety, Mike has shared his powerful story of addiction, recovery, and redemption to teens and adults across the country.

In his previous positions as the “Drug Czar” for the Baltimore County government and the Director of Substance Abuse for the Sheppard Pratt Health System, Mike has been awarded eight National Association of Counties Achievements Awards. Additionally, he has received the FBI Community Leadership Award, Commendations from the National Commission Against Drunk and Drugged Driving, and a Congressional Achievement Award. Mike was presented with an Honorary Lifetime Membership by the National PTA Council in 2018.

Mike has served on the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) national board of directors. He was also an advisor to the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health’s International Fellowship Program on Drug Abuse. In his spare time, Mike has completed 18 marathons including the Boston Marathon eight times.

What it means to be an Amatus Managed Recovery Center

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Facility and Treatment

We are committed to providing the highest level of care, delivered in cutting-edge facilities designed to support your recovery. Every individual gets an individualized treatment plan, with the highest-level of care standards and quality.

Person First Philosophy

Our mission is to get you in the best facility that will allow you to heal and find long term recovery. Whether you enter one of our facilities or another facility, we will help everyone who contacts us find the appropriate place for them to heal.

National Footprint, Community Focus

Our nationwide network of treatment centers and referral partners allows us to make an impact in multiple communities. We want every individual to thrive, and become a positive force in your community. We desire to help people and communities recover.