Dr. Thomas Britton is the CEO of American Addiction Centers, parent company of Sunrise House Treatment Center and one of the nation’s largest treatment providers specializing in substance use disorder treatment and parent comp. This honor and achievement is preceded not only by his 30 years of contributions in the field of behavioral health, but in his ability to guide organizations and communities with compassion and science due to his personal history with addiction and recovery.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina, Dr. Britton received his doctorate in Public Health/Executive Management, two masters’ degrees respectively in Addiction Counseling and in Marriage and Family Therapy from Appalachian State University, and a bachelor’s in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Connecticut.

Dr. Britton has been published in the North Carolina Medical Journal, serves as an advisory member to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and is both a board member and member of the executive committee of the Illinois Association of Behavioral Health.

Throughout his professional career, Dr. Thomas Britton has lived by the following unwavering belief: “All people hold the innate potential to improve their lives and the lives of those around them.” He leads with compassion, knowledge, and experience.



  • Britton, T.P. (2019). Integrating Evidence into Outcomes. Coalition Partners – Behavioral Health Conference. St. Louis MO.
  • Britton, T.P. (2019). Plenary Speaker. The Current State and Future Direction of Addiction Treatment. National Conference on Addiction Disorders. Baltimore, MD.
  • Britton, T.P. (2019). The Third Place – Addiction in the Workplace. Starbucks Annual Symposium. Chicago, IL.
  • Britton, T.P. (2018). Redefining the Managed Care Paradigm in Behavioral Health. Illinois Association of Behavioral Health. Chicago, IL.
  • Britton, T.P. (2018). Evidenced Based Addiction Treatment. National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers. Denver, CO.
  • Britton, T.P. (2018). Retention And Engagement: A Critical Imperative. National Council Annual Conference. Washington, D.C.
  • Britton, T.P. (2017). CEO of the Future. National Council Annual Conference. Seattle, WA.
  • Britton, T.P. (2017). Pathways to Growth: Organic or Merger/Acquisition. National Council Annual Conference. Seattle, WA.
  • Britton, T.P. (2016). Affordable Care Act, Lessons Learned. TASC National Conference. Chicago, IL.
  • Britton, T.P. (2016). Addiction and the Law: A Critical Impasse. TASC National Conference. Chicago, IL
  • Britton, T.P. (2015). Behavioral Health: Evolving Markets. American Public Health Association National Conference. Chicago, IL
  • Britton, T.P. (2014). Recidivism and 12-Step Recovery. American Public Health Association National Conference. New Orleans, LA
  • Britton, T.P. (2013). Addicts and the Law. Festival of Legal Learning. Chapel Hill, N.C.
  • Britton, T.P. (2010). Recovery and Relapse. Drug Treatment Court State Conference, Winston Salem, NC.
  • Britton, T.P., Bango, G. (2010). Adolescence and Substance Abuse. Asheville, NC.
  • Britton, T.P. (2009). Assessment and the Addicted Person. Asheville, NC.
  • Britton, T.P. (2009). Clinical Supervision Ethics and Theory. Asheville, NC.
  • Britton, T.P. (2008). Addiction – A Public Health Dilemma. Asheville, NC.
  • Britton, T.P., & Miller, G.A. (1997).  Counselor Self-Care.  North Carolina Counseling Association. 1997 Annual Convention.


  • 2019 – 2020 Advisor to American Society of Addiction Medicine to redefine levels of care and pilot new treatment programs.
  • 2019 Appointed to Chicago Mayor Lightfoot’s healthcare transition team
  • 2018 Board Member – National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers
  • 2016 Chicago-Cook County Task Force on Heroin – Member and Advisor to Mayor’s Council
  • 2009 Center for Substance Abuse Treatment – North Carolina Substance Abuse Delegate
  • 2009 Curtis Glenn Southard Award – Community Mental Health Scholarship
  • 2008 Governor’s Institute in Mental Health Leadership – Representative
  • 2007 Center for Substance Abuse Treatment – Travel Award Winner
  • 2007 Joint Meeting on Adolescent Treatment Effectiveness – Ambassador