The opportunity at Brookdale for Nick Colangelo is yet another step in a lifelong vocation of providing addiction treatment services for those who suffer and their families. He has been on this journey for well over 42 years, after overcoming his own personal battle with alcoholism. With gratitude as his main driving force, Nick’s dedication to helping others find recovery has become his legacy.
An alumnus of Boston University, Fairleigh Dickinson, and International College, Nick began his career in New Jersey as an outpatient crisis worker. Thereafter he would hold appointments at Sara Mayo Hospital in New Orleans and Life Mark Recovery Centers in Denton, Texas, where he was responsible for the development of treatment programming and operational standards, providing services to the chemically dependent person and their families.
In 1982, Dr. Colangelo ventured to Pennsylvania where he would open Marworth. Within 7 years as President, and through the efforts of 150 employees, Marworth developed a reputation of excellence, providing cost-effective, successful treatment services. Marworth was recognized on a national platform, being featured on the Today Show, rated in the top ten treatment centers by Harper’s, and the Best 100 in the United States.
After Marworth, Nick went on to Clearbrook Treatment Centers, where he would spend the next 28 years rebuilding it into one of the most recognized facilities in the country. As CEO, Nick was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the 68-bed adult treatment center, including a 22-bed detoxification unit. During this time, he and wife, Trish Colangelo, founded Families Helping Families in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Florida providing support services and resources to family members affected by the disease of addiction. Nick has also been a consultant, researcher, and educator throughout the United States, South America, and Europe.
His experience and dedication allow him to create an environment and culture that fosters empathy, healing, compassion, and recovery. Nick is most grateful for this opportunity at Brookdale, as well as his recovery, both allowing him to produce a team that will be recognized worldwide.