Alan Goodstat’s career in addiction treatment spans over 25 years, when he received his master’s in social work from the prestigious Columbia University in the early 1990’s. His passion and dedication have motivated patients and co-workers alike to find the best in themselves and in each other. He serves as an inspiration within our community. Goodstat spent the early years of his career as a therapist. Then, realizing he had a flair for the business side of social work, he spent time as the director of several substance abuse programs, including Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach. Then he was the Administrator/CEO of Focus Healthcare of Florida at High Point in Cooper City, FL.
Goodstat was invited to join the Lakeview team when the center opened in 2001, and he has been involved ever since. Currently, Goodstat is Lakeview’s Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer. Primary Responsibilities at Lakeview Health include: oversight of the compliance program, performance improvement department, utilization review department, contracting and supporting the CEO and Board of Directors with special projects and acquisitions.
Lakeview’s motto is “Find Your True North.” This means that their mission is to help clients discover what gives their lives purpose once drugs and alcohol are out of the way. Lakeview offers a full continuum of care for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Services include medical detox, inpatient and residential, a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and aftercare services. Lakeview offers support for families struggling with drug and alcohol issues and has also created an alumni support group. Goodstat has played an integral role in developing the programs at Lakeview Health and speaks fondly of the comprehensive range of services they provide.
The staff and clients of Lakeview benefit from a culture of “servant leadership,” where every level of the organization is invited to contribute to the advancement of the goal in order to offer quality, personalized addiction treatment in a comfortable medical setting. Goodstat credits the Lakeview’s success with this philosophy, as well as its tight-knit group of talented medical, clinical and leadership staff.
The beautiful Lakeview Health facility is located in the northeastern corner of Florida in Jacksonville, the most populous city in the state. The facility is just 25 miles from the Georgia border but quite far from the south Florida style sober living/outpatient model of treatment, both geographically and philosophically. The thriving city of Jacksonville is home to culture and commerce, and its coastal suburbs boast all of the beach vibes of Florida.
The main Lakeview Health facility is located in Jacksonville’s Arlington neighborhood, just east of downtown and the St. John River. The state-of-the-art Lakeview Health building recently underwent a renovation and expansion. As the name suggests, the sprawling facility overlooks a beautiful lake. The campus includes an administration building, Gym and conference center, clinical facilities and two counseling centers. There are gender-specific buildings for the men’s inpatient program, called The Star, and the women’s inpatient program, called The Rose. There are also off-site sober living apartments, which are available for clients who have completed the residential program and are enrolled in PHP or IOP. The grounds have plenty of outdoor spaces, including a meditation garden with a walking labyrinth. Lakeview Health also has an eye on expansion, with several new facilities currently in development.
Goodstat describes the treatment experience at Lakeview as structured and medically supervised with a strong focus on healing the whole person. There is a basketball court, yoga studio, lap pool and luxury fitness center. Clients have the opportunity to work with a personal trainer during treatment to restore the health of their bodies, along with their minds.
In keeping with Lakeview’s motto, clients are encouraged to look beyond their drug and alcohol use to envision a future of joy and purpose. They are given therapeutic tools and life skills that will sustain them long after rehab. After more than a dozen years helping guide the course of Lakeview Health, Goodstat reflects on his career at the company by saying, “Success is all about having a solid team.” With a beautiful facility, a high rate of success and a bright future ahead, it seems that Goodstat and the team of dedicated professionals at Lakeview Health have found their true north.