Origins Of N.J. Center Rooted In Opioid Addiction Recovery

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Victory Bay Recovery Center founders have personal ties

LAUREL SPRINGS, N.J., Oct. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The path to the creation of Victory Bay Recovery Center is rooted

in South Jersey and South Philadelphia, went westward to Arizona and returned home to the Garden State as part of an incredible story.

A.J. Solomon grew up as part of a prominent family in Haddonfield, N.J., and Chris McGoldrick was born and raised just 20 minutes away – but a world apart – in South Philly. Their paths crossed in the Grand Canyon State, where they met at a treatment facility for those suffering from addiction and seeking recovery. It was there that Brent Reese became a big factor in their lives and a future endeavor, Victory Bay Recovery Center.

"The night I met A.J., we were at a 12-step meeting," says Reese, a co-founder of Victory Bay Recovery Center along with Solomon. "After the meeting, as he was leaving I tapped him on the shoulder and asked if we could chat for a few minutes, which we did. The next week he asked me to be his sponsor. I said it would be an honor and a privilege and our journey began then."

When Solomon first met McGoldrick, now the director of operations at Victory Bay,, they were not exactly two fish from the same pond. At least they did not seem to be at first glance.

"A.J. went to college, and he graduated. He came from a good family – not that I didn't," recalls McGoldrick. "It seemed from the outside that we were very, very different. As I got sober and implemented the 12 steps of recovery in my life, and by working in this field for a while, I've come to understand that the person you think you're most different from is usually the person you're most like."

Solomon helps connects the dots of the story of two 20-something men who had mutual friends back east, but did not know each other before their time out in the West. "I got sober with the help of two guys in Arizona; they being Chris and Brent, who are both sober longer than I am," he explains.

Sparked by his sobriety and the strength of these personal connections, Solomon decided to approach Reese about opening a substance use treatment center in New Jersey.

"I really wanted to open a center back where I was from. Jersey was a state that didn't have as much treatment as other places," said Solomon. "And that's how we started on our journey."

Reese is the glue that helped make Victory Bay Recovery Center become a reality. "After A.J. and I started to discuss opening a treatment center, I knew Chris could be good operations guy," says Reese, whose background includes launching successful start-ups and organizational turn-arounds.

"So, I suggested to A.J. that we hire Chris and move him back to New Jersey to help." Reese notes, "I would stay in Prescott, Ariz., and they would be on the ground in New Jersey."

Another part of the story is Reese's ability to recognize talent in others and wanting to help them get started in the business world, and both Solomon and McGoldrick have talent. "Besides having talent, they're both serious about their recovery; I would not have gone into business with them if they weren't," says Reese.

Victory Bay Recovery Center opened its doors in February 2017, after it had built a staff that includes licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselors and certified drug and alcohol counselors. The mission is to provide effective treatment to those suffering from addiction, and to give residents of New Jersey and surrounding areas the chance to begin treatment and recovery locally.

With the opioid crisis showing no signs of easing up across the nation, Reese, Solomon and McGoldrick want those suffering from addiction – and their family members – to know Victory Bay is here to help.

"We believe we can help others achieve and maintain sobriety by offering an excellent clinical program coupled with strong exposure to the 12-step community while encouraging entry into a structured sober living environment for a period of time," said Reese. "At the end of the day, it's 'community and accountability' that insures long-term sobriety." Victory Bay accepts most major health insurance plans and private pay clients.

The dedicated staff of professionals says it's never too late to begin treatment – and never too soon to start. Victory Bay hosts a series of opioid awareness events for families throughout the year. For more information, go to:

Victory Bay Recovery Center is located at 1395 Chews Landing Rd. Laurel Springs, N.J.  Every client receives a custom treatment plan suited to their specific needs. Victory Bay, accepts most major health insurance plans and private pay clients, provides treatment to those suffering from addiction, and offers high-quality Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient substance abuse and co-occurring services to a broad spectrum of clients.  Call 800-253-0673 or visit 

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