Relapse + $ = Confession –
July 29, 2019 – Everything was business as usual at Granite Recovery Centers last Monday morning when CEO Eric Spofford went into a meeting with the organization’s director of human relations to discuss employee benefits. Little did Spofford know when he left the meeting at 11 a.m. that he was about to receive a confession from his chief business development officer that would make national headlines in less than an hour. In early July, Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to deliver an address at one of Granite’s New Hampshire facilities on the opioid epidemic and the flow of illegal drugs in the state. At the last minute, the trip was canceled with no immediate explanation given. Even Spofford was kept in the dark.
“The cancellation of the vice president event was as much a mystery for myself and everyone here at Granite Recovery Centers as it was for the rest of the world,” Spofford tells Behavioral Healthcare Executive. “The comment they made about ‘you will know in a couple weeks’ was a puzzle that I couldn’t stop thinking about because how often does an addiction treatment facility operator have commentary from the president and vice president, right? I knew nothing.”