Located in the exclusive beachfront residences of Southern Orange County, our treatment facilities overlook the gorgeous Laguna Beach ocean.
Highly Experienced Addiction Treatment Staff
Our team of treatment professionals includes clinicians with dozens of years of experience in helping men gain total control over their addictions and go on to live happy, healthy lives.
Meet the Treatment Team
Dr. Lenny Flaum, DMIN, CSAC II, CDAAC-M, RAS-M, Founder, President and CEO
Dr. Flaum has been in the addiction treatment industry for 15 years. He holds a Doctorate of Ministry, with his studies solely concentrated on drug, alcohol and addiction disorders. Dr. Flaum also holds several other certifications in the addiction field, and is a nationally registered addiction specialist. He is a presenter, public speaker and an author who has written two published books. As President and Chief Executive Officer of Laguna Beach Recovery, he is committed to providing clients with excellent treatment with integrity, confidentiality, and respect. Dr. Flaum is passionate about what he does, and extremely dedicated to those he serves.
Dr. Edward Kaufman, M.D, Psychiatrist and Medical Consultant
Dr. Kaufman is our psychiatrist and medical consultant. He has been practicing addiction psychiatry for the past 40 years. He was the former President of The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and Editor of the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. He blends his knowledge of psychology, family systems and psychopharmacology to meet our clients’ individual and personal needs. Dr. Kaufman is a world-renowned psychiatrist, whom we have been proudly associated for many years.
Dr. Tricia Marzullo
Dr. Tricia Marzullo (Dr. Trish) is a doctor of psychology. She comes to Laguna Beach Recovery with expert experience in working with men and women in addiction treatment. Her training includes the science of substance abuse/dependence, sex addiction, media/video game addiction, co-dependency, shame and trauma, ADHD, grief, depression, personality disorders, anxiety, fractured relationships, adoption, abuse, sexual identity, and psychosis. She effectively joins with clients and she has been described as being ‘compassionate’, ‘caring’, ‘understanding’, and ‘a good listener’. Using narrative theory to guide her practice, she believes that the therapeutic relationship is of utmost importance because it is where trust and safety can be created to foster the types of changes clients desire. Cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness beliefs, strategic interventions, motivational interviewing, and a systemic world view also inhabit her therapy sessions as agents of change. Dr. Trish believes that 12-step programs provide structure for addicts while also considering each persons unique journey through treatment, sobriety, and recovery. Prior to her training in addiction, Dr. Trish studied at California State Long Beach where she received her Bachelor’s in Psychology. She completed her doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy at Alliant International University with a focus on internationalism and multiculturalism. Her studies included travel to Mexico City and India on immersion programs which focused on cultural competence. She completed her dissertation on the evolution of the culturally competent therapist and conceptualized that each family is their own culture and worthy of individualized treatment. She applies this philosophy within the treatment of addiction. Dr. Trish has worked with children and their families at Western Youth Services in Anaheim, college students at Saddleback Community College, as well as adults of diverse ages/races/religions. Dr. Trish believes it is an honor and privilege to assist people in achieving their goals and looks forward to witnessing the positive changes clients make in their lives. In her free time she enjoys being active outdoors, watching movies with her husband, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Nicole Browne Flaum, RASI
Nicole is the co-founder and owner of Laguna Beach Recovery. She is a nationally registered addiction specialist with over a decade of helping thousands of addicts and their families nationwide. She is an expert in working with families and providing them support and encouragement as well as being able to understand, relate and connect with individuals suffering from addiction problems. For years she has worked with Dual Diagnosis clients and is extremely knowledgeable on the inner workings of psychiatry and all the available treatments to help our clients experience wonderful new lives full of hope. Nicole is the Director of Admissions. When you call, you will not only speak with expert in the treatment industry, you will speak with the Co-Founder and Owner who will take the time to provide you with, custom, personalized care.
John D. Tobias, MS, LPC, CAADC, CADCII
John D. Tobias is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADCII) with over 21 years of experience in the field of addiction counseling. He holds a Masters Degree in counseling from National Louis University in Chicago, Illinois and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Wisconsin. He is also a Licensed Professional Counselor and has applied for the Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LAADC), California’s highest certification level. John is extremely well versed in 12 step recovery and has considerable experience as a member of therapeutic teams in a number of highly regarded national treatment programs. He also served as a board member to Recovery Beyond Borders which provides assistance to treatment efforts in developing countries. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Afghan Amity Society (AAS), providing schools and a medical clinic to Afghanistan where he was a Peace Corps volunteer in the early 1970’s. John has devoted his career in helping Dual Diagnosis clients who are struggling to free themselves from the grips of addiction and mental illness. He has been personally involved in the recovery community for over 26 years.
Bob Tremonte, Spiritual Adviser
Bob Tremonte has been an ordained Pastor since 1984. Extremely gifted , Bob is able to help our client’s re-connect to God,s love , Fatherly care and concern for their well being. He has dedicated his life to help people with addiction problems. Through the years families all across the country have sought out Bob’s advise on how to proceed forward and trust a Higher Power to guide them into their very best life. A noted, Speaker, Presenter and Author , Bob is a wonderful man , who possess the gifts of Wisdom, Discernment, and has blessed the lives of so many people.
Laguna Beach Recovery is proud to be associated with Bob, as we have first hand witnessed what a renewed relationship with God can do to help our clients overcome their addictions and achieve long term permanent recovery.
Affiliation with Medical Professionals
Laguna Beach recovery is proud to be affiliated with top tier medical professionals. Through the years we have developed strong, personal relationships in our local medical community. Dr. Edward Kaufman, M.D., one of the country’s foremost authorities on addiction medicine, is our chief medical consultant and psychiatrist. Depending on each individual’s treatment plan, we can bring in specific counselors, therapists and other medical and health specialists.
A Note from Dr. Lenny Flaum
“As President and CEO of Laguna Beach Recovery I have had the privilege of helping literally thousands of men and their families nationwide. Our staff works diligently to provide personalized treatment to each one of our clients with integrity, confidentiality and respect to successfully end the battle of addiction and restore families.”
Upon admission into Laguna Beach Recovery, we provide clients and their families an initial consultation by one of our admission’s counselors. Dr. Lenny Flaum, our President and CEO, is personally involved in each new admission. This initial consultation allows our treatment team to custom design a comfortable, creative, clinical, rational, step-by-step treatment plan that is both practical in nature and precise in design.
Although our admissions process it thorough, we understand the need to get started quickly so treatment can start right away. We have developed a unique process that is fast, comprehensive and personal to each individual.
To start, simply call any time 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our admissions counselors are available to talk with you right now.