As we embark on this journey of helping individuals and their families help themselves, I can’t help but think of Brené Brown and her work on shame and vulnerability. It is from her words that I learned the importance of leaning into others and working as a community to always put our best foot forward. Knowing that we are not alone and we don’t have to face life alone is the reason our community exists.

In the book Ethics of Our Fathers, it is said “It is not upon you to complete the job, but you aren’t free to abandon the job out of fear of not being able to complete it.” My hope and dream is that Westside Treatment works as a community of unconditional love for others and ourselves. Our purpose is to be able to accept ourselves as the perfectly imperfect beings that we are.

My prayer is that every member of our community, as well as their families, know that they are worthy of recovery and deserving of a life of happiness and fulfillment. The intention of our recovery community is to seek and find spirituality. To us this means a solid foundation of our feet planted firmly on the ground while our heads remain in the sky. A sense of being that we are no better or worse than anyone else and that alone we can accomplish some but together we can accomplish it all.

Lastly, I want to acknowledge the numerous people throughout this journey who have helped me answer the questions that I have had along the way. You are family and without you, none of this would be possible.

We welcome you to Westside Treatment. A recovery community where anything is possible and together we will help you become the best version of yourself.

Asher Gottesman – CEO

Dr. Adam Silberstein – Clinical Director


I am routinely asked why I chose to work in the field of addiction. Colleagues argue that the treatment of substance use disorders is fraught with so many challenges and hurdles and is all too often associated with poor outcomes. As a practitioner in the field I can certainly acknowledge the gravity and significant impact of addiction- the suffering, the loss of identity and meaning, the lost opportunities, and the pain and disappointment of family and loved ones. But to simply convey the tragic aspects of addiction does not capture the power and inspiration of the process of recovery. It is so meaningful to be a witness and partner in the experience of individuals as they move in the direction of acceptance, honesty, personal responsibility, and integrity.

Recovery is not a solo-effort; it takes a caring village and a wide array of resources.

Over the course of my career, I have worked in a variety of diverse settings in the public, non-profit, and private sectors, with individuals who faced complex challenges such as chronic mental illness and addiction, including state hospitals, adolescent residential treatment, a maximum security prison, a drug and alcohol treatment facility and most recently in private practice. Regardless of the setting, profit or not for profit, public or private, these conditions are not simply addressed and treated simply by routine office visits. They require the love, care, dedication and support of a team at large. The team is not simply a groupof providers,but also incorporates the support of family, peers, and the broader community. The team, along with the individual, must work collaboratively to navigate the often difficult but rewarding path to wellness. At Westside Treatment we are committed to helping our clients find their paths to recovery.

At Westside Treatment, we utilize an evidence-based approach to address the multifaceted needs of our clients and their families. Our aim is to develop a community of support where each and every client is viewed as a valued member. The elements of our program can best be described using The CARING Approach, a treatment methodology I have developed over time to target the critical elements in recovery.