Michael Appel

CCM Founder + Chief Interventionist

Mike Appel founded CCM to provide families, individuals, and organizations the professional behavioral health guidance they need to move from crisis into wellness.

With long-term recovery and his own experience with the impact of addiction on loved ones, Mike is passionate about helping individuals find the best treatment options and families heal from the systemic effects of behavioral health, mental health, and substance abuse. Mike has worked with hundreds of families, family offices, and people of note and offers each CCM client an invaluable perspective and compassion.

Mike has provided recovery work with homeless alcoholics and addicts at the Ramsey County and Hastings Detox Centers in Minnesota, post-arrest recovery work with law enforcement officials, and been a staff member at the Hazelden Foundation. In the late ’90s, Michael designed and developed The Substance Abuse Diversion Initiative of Lowell (SADIL), where he served as the program director. This groundbreaking program encouraged law enforcement officials to divert chemically dependent individuals into different treatment modalities instead of jail. As part of the program, Michael trained over one thousand police officers to change their focus from incarceration to treatment successfully.

Mike earned a BA in History from Boston University, and holds an M.E.d. in Counseling Psychology, with a focus on addiction, from Cambridge College, Boston. His graduate thesis focused on innovative family crisis intervention methodologies.

Michael and his family reside in Boston and Miami.

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