Dr. Matthew J. Bruhin, Ph.D, LMFT, RAS - CEO

Dr. Matthew J. Bruhin is the Chief Executive Officer of APEX Recovery. Along with Co-founder Fred Bowen, Dr. Bruhin utilized his experience in the creation of high-end rehabs to construct a facility that was cutting-edge and affordable, yet lacked nothing. His vision, eye for detail and desire to lead have created an unparalleled vision for treating additive illness coupled with mental and emotional disorders. Dr. Bruhin treats every staff member and participant like family and hopes to bring his clinical and administrative vision to many.

Dr. Bruhin is a State of California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist as well as an Addiction Specialist registered by the Breining Institute. Dr. Bruhin earned his Doctorate in Addiction Psychology, has a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, with a Minor in Addictive Disorders. Additionally he holds many other certifications and has tens of thousands of hours of clinical and training experience.

Dr. Bruhin has a diverse clinical training background, working in the mental health field for over 12 years. He specializes in the treatment of addiction and has specialized experience and clinical training in the treatment of prescription addiction, sexual addiction and gambling addiction. He works with many individuals and families ranging from the chronically, mentally ill, to high-level professionals, professional athletes, executives, and Hollywood film producers and TV personalities. He has developed his own specialized and effective techniques for the treatment of addiction and chemical dependency.

Dr. Bruhin loves to write, blog, and he appears regularly on network TV as a leader in the addiction field. He has worked with clients from A&E’s hit TV show Intervention, as well as the Tyra Show. Dr. Bruhin also performs local TV segments in order to get the public educated about addiction, and to break down the stigma of mental health issues. Dr. Bruhin balances his passion for work with the love of his family, enjoyment of travel, and his vintage Star Wars collection, which can be viewed in his private office.

- Dr. Matthew Bruhin


Fred Bowen, Co-Founder

I’m Fred Bowen and I am the Co-Founder of APEX Rehab. First and foremost I would like to thank you for visiting the APEX Rehab website. If you are reading this bio, chances are you are seeking a solution for drug and alcohol abuse for yourself or a loved one. As someone who suffered from addiction for most of his life I can relate to your struggle.

I started using drugs at a very young age. The progressive nature of addiction set in quickly. Experimentation with marijuana and alcohol turned into cocaine, meth, and hallucinogen use, which led to a daily mixture of heroin, cocaine, and prescription drugs. It was obvious relatively early that I needed sobriety. The obsessive-compulsive nature of the way I’m affected by drugs always smashed my best intentions to stop. In a short time I was homeless, I was sick and I was extremely confused. I did however, experience periods of abstinence. When the drugs and alcohol were removed I was able to function somewhat normally. I experienced successes and the quality of my life drastically improved. I was scouted to be a model and was soon living in places like New York, Paris, Spain, and Italy. In my mind my success and financial freedom qualified me to again indulge a bit with alcohol despite my inability to exhibit control in the past. As in the past, I couldn’t control the amounts I drank, I couldn’t control the frequency of my drinking, and I couldn’t stop myself from resorting back to drugs. The cycle of using, stopping, and starting again went on for years. It wasn’t until I received treatment for my issues with drugs and alcohol that I was able to stay sober. I needed tools to stay clean. The combination of medical attention, traditional recovery methods, and holistic practices gave me those tools. They saved my life. I’ve now been clean and sober for 12 years.

Today my passion lies in helping others to achieve the same personal freedom I’ve experienced through the elimination of drugs and alcohol. I like to say that my life began when I got clean. I know what worked for me can work for anyone suffering from drug and alcohol abuse. Thus the birth of APEX Rehab. APEX offers the exact synergistic blend of methods that was so successful for me. Medical attention, therapeutic consultations, evidence-based practices, traditional recovery methods, self empowerment, and holistic healing are some of those key elements. Personal recovery is not a one-size-fits-all affair at APEX Rehab. Our open-minded attitude and non-dogmatic philosophy allows us to cater to our clients-needs on a personal level and also allows us to reach a greater number of people. Our team has the ability to develop client specific recovery plans, which makes APEX Rehab unique. We are here to take the confusion out of the process of getting sober.

In closing I would like to commend you for your decision to research treatment for drug and alcohol abuse. It takes courage to ask for help. No one knows that more than me. Please let APEX Rehab be a part of your success story. We are here for you.

- Fred Bowen