Pavillon Appoints Barbara Bennett As New CEO

The Pavillon substance use disorder treatment center in Mill Spring, North Carolina, is pleased to announce the appointment of Barbara Bennett as their new CEO. Prior to this position, Ms. Bennett served Pavillon for the last nine years as COO.


Ms. Bennett is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS) in North Carolina and is a Certified Addictions Registered Nurse, Advanced Practice (CARN-AP). She also has earned the credential of Registered Nurse and Legal Nurse Consultant. Her work with nurses struggling with addictions earned her the North Carolina Nurses Association Peer Assistance Award, named forever afterwards as the “Barbara J. Bennett Peer Assistance Award.”


“When Pavillon was founded 25 years ago, our goal was to help those struggling with the disease of substance use disorder,” Ms. Bennett says. “Today, the need for quality treatment is more urgent than ever. The landscape of treatment has changed drastically in the 25 years since our founding, but our core principles and our mission remain the same: to provide high-quality, patient-centered treatment that helps individuals overcome the burden of the disease.”


Barbara Bennett identifies her main goal as leading Pavillon into the future with these same core principles in place. “The team at Pavillon is the most talented group of people I’ve ever had the chance to work with,” she says. “I am excited to take on the challenge of leading this organization into a new era, and I have set my sights on the goal of making Pavillon the standard bearer for residential and outpatient substance use disorder treatment.”


Mark Buthman, Chairman of Pavillon’s Board of Directors, is excited about Pavillon’s future. “The Board would like to thank Paul Hackman for his service as our CEO and for his commitment to helping so many people on their journey to recovery,” Mr. Buthman says. “ Looking forward, we are excited to name Barbara Bennett as our new CEO. Barbara has an outstanding track record of leadership in the field of substance use disorder treatment. In her role as Pavillon’s Chief Operating Officer, Barbara led our unique comprehensive six-week program of residential treatment for substance use disorder. We are blessed to have someone of her caliber and experience serving as our CEO.”


With substance use disorders on the rise in recent years, the need for high quality treatment is vitally important. “As a not-for-profit organization, we believe Pavillon is uniquely positioned to deliver on our mission of bringing hope, healing and lasting recovery to individuals and their families suffering from substance use disorder,” says Mr. Buthman. “We are proud of all that Pavillon has accomplished, but more importantly, under Barbara’s leadership, we are excited about the opportunity in front of us and we are committed to building and growing our program for the future.”


There are multiple factors that make Pavillon unique in the field of addiction and recovery. To begin, their six-week program is designed to give residents more time to become grounded in their recovery process.


Next is the breathtaking 160-acre property nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. This peaceful setting is the backdrop for Pavillon’s integrated program of healing mind, body, and spirit, which includes social, psychological, medical, genetic factors, and more.


Medically supervised substance detox is coupled with individual, group, and family counseling, along with an alumni program unlike any others. “Once someone has been treated at Pavillon, we maintain a lifelong relationship with them,” Ms. Bennett says. “We stay in touch through alumni services, and give our alumni the opportunity to come back and stay free at our alumni house, with access to the campus, our beautiful lake, meals prepared by our executive chef, and group sessions with counselors, other alumni, and clinical team members.”


Pavillon is a not-for-profit substance use disorder treatment center with a 6:1 patient to counselor ratio, which allows opportunities for both group and one-on-one interaction. The residential facility has 50 beds, with an additional 24 beds for extended care, which provides an additional level of residential drug and alcohol treatment.


Individualized, gender-specific residential treatment is built around the 12-Step model and includes health, wellness, and spirituality programs to aid patients in healing, hope, and recovery.


Pavillon also has a full-service outpatient center in Greenville, SC, with an array of services for substance use disorder. The center offers individual counseling, two intensive outpatient programs, and appointments with the physician/addictionologist.