Q&A with Author and Advocate Anthony Brown

Anthony Brown RN, BSN, PHN, CATC III N

Anthony Brown is the founder and director of Coordinating & Assisting Recovery Environments (C.A.R.E.), located in Anaheim, California. Since 1999, Anthony’s passion is providing specialized treatment for individuals who suffer with mental illness combined with a substance use disorder. With a B.S. in Nursing from California State University Fullerton, Anthony developed and directed a long-term residential treatment model, which has fueled his dream to open a home for those who have suffered from the disease of addiction and mental illness calls Brown Manor. He is the author of the book: From Park Bench to Park Avenue. He currently enjoys being thankful for each breath and gratefully lives every moment of his amazing life.


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Q. If you are in recovery, what was your Drug of Choice and when did you discontinue its use?
A. Cocaine, methamphetamine, alcohol. Last use: 3/28/1999

Q. At which of the schools you attended did you learn the most?
A. Cypress College

Q. Do you believe leaders are made or born?
A. Both

Q. Which film have you watched the most?
A. Sing

Q. Who is your favorite celebrity in recovery?
A. Danny Trejo

Q. If you ever retire, would you prefer to live by the ocean, lake, river, or mountaintop, or penthouse?
A. Lake

Q. What is your favorite hotel or resort?
A. Marriot

Q. Where do you go to “get away”?
A. Ocean at night

Q. What is your biggest or littlest pet peeve?
A. Unkind people

Q. How do you measure success?
A. By the lives that you touched

Q. If you had an extra million dollars, which charity would you donate it to?
A. St. Jude’s

Q. Who was your biggest influence throughout your life?
A. Mother

Q. What is your current hobby?
A. Writing / playing guitar

Q. What prominent fe/male figure would you most like to date?
A. Jamie Lee Curtis

Q. If you were giving a dinner party for your 3 favorite authors, Living or dead, who would they be? (choose 4 if you think one might be too drunk or stoned to attend.)
A. Anne Rice, Sue Grafton, Alice Miller

Q. What is your FAVORITE Radio show, news show, podcast?
A. 95.5 KLOS

Q.   What is your FAVORITE APP?
A. WhatsApp

Q. What is your FAVORITE TV/cable/digital series?
A.  M.A.S.H.

Q. Who is your FAVORITE Director?
A.  Quentin Tarantino 

Q. What is your FAVORITE Museum?
A. Griffith Observatory

Q. What is your FAVORITE Band/composer/musical artist?
A. Pink Floyd

Q. What is your FAVORITE Broadway musical/play?
A. The Nutcracker

Q. Who is your FAVORITE Psychologist or what school of thought as related to psychology?
A. B.F. Skinner – Behaviorism 

Q. What is your FAVORITE Sport to watch? To play?
A. Football

Q. What is your FAVORITE Snack?
A. Slim Jim’s

Q. What is your FAVORITE Cuisine?
A.  Lasagna 

Q. What is your FAVORITE Restaurant?
A.  Paul’s Diner

Q. What is your FAVORITE City?
A.  Colorado Springs

Q. Have you ever been arrested and, if so, what for?
A. Yes, mostly drug possession, sales of drugs etc.

Q. Do you have any children?
A. No

Q. Do you think the U.S. should adopt the Portuguese Decriminalization Model?
A. We have partially 

Q. What books are you reading now?
A. The Drama of the Gifted Child

Q. Do you take work home with you? A. Sometimes

Q. What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
A. There are no such thing as a big deal, and don’t sweat the small stuff

Q. What is the best piece of advice you’ve given?
A. Just breathe

Q. Do you think addiction is an illness, a disease, a choice, or a wicked twist of fate?
A. Disease

Q. What are five things you always carry with you?
A. God, Cell phone, glasses, keys, wallet

Q. What’s the greatest risk you’ve ever taken?
A. Injecting drugs

Q. What is your biggest mistake?
A. Not showing up when my mother was dying

Q. What is the proudest moment in your life?
A. Graduating from University 

Q. Is there a favorite “Quote” you would like to share?
A.  But for the grace of God go I

Q. What is your favorite Weekly News Bulletin?
A. Addiction Recovery eBulletin