Meet Sabrina Acatrinei of The Giving Tree Treatment Center in Studio City

Words from Owner/CEO Sabrina Acatrinei:

"My passion for this field came at a young age when a close friend of mine died of an overdose. I knew then that my life would be dedicated to helping others find solace in sobriety. Never a big advocate of tough love, I want people to know they are not alone and we are in this together. The motto I crafted for The Giving Tree (“Plant new Roots and Grow.”) comes from a personal mission that has much meaning to me, as I believe the most important relationship is being honest with one’s self. And in my journey, I believe in every person finding purpose in their story—and each person I encounter is valuable to the growth of myself and others."

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Giving Tree Treatment Center Featured in the LA Chamber of Commerce News Letter.

Post Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, The Giving Tree is featured in this weeks edition of the L.A. Chamber Of Commerce Newsletter , March 8, 2019

We are proud to be a member of the Studio City Chamber of Commerce, providing a service unique within the treatment community. Thank you all for your support as we continue to promote a purpose-driven sanctuary for those in need of addiction treatment. 

Re-defining Common Terminology in Recovery-Based Programs.


Chances are, we have been exposed to the idea of recovery-based meetings and what they entail. Many times we are encouraged to refer to ourselves as "addicts" or "alcoholics." Identifying as an addict or alcoholic can be hard for some of us who have struggled with shame and ostracism within the addicted population.

My first time at a meeting, I was asked to identify with such terms and I responded with, “I’m not sure yet.” I was surely in denial of an even longer road to admission that my use had become a part of my inevitable demise. Eventually, I cooperated and followed suit, but still remained in denial of who I had become. I was simply not ready to admit that I was addicted. However, what I once misunderstood would become a source of liberation.

The first step of any recovery-based meeting is to identify that substances have become the primary driving force of existence within ourselves. Without it, survival can be too daunting of a task. In other words, we would admit to ourselves and to others that we were powerless over drugs and/or alcohol.

Well, this is just the first part of the first step. It is undeniably simple to identify that substances had become more a of a priority than my basic life necessities. I had identified that I was addicted months before I would ever return to the rooms. 

The second part is to identify the ways in which substance use has impacted our relationships, finances, job, school, sanity, etc. Chances are, our use has caused us much more stress than addressing these aspects head-on.

After allowing ourselves to achieve such a level of surrender, identifying as an addict/alcoholic is really just a consistent, vocal form of practicing the first step whenever prompted to do so.

Some individuals are turned off from the different fellowships who require them to identify as only one or the other; “addict” or “alcoholic.” Differences aside, the only requirement for attendance in these programs is the desire to stop drinking and using. Ultimately, recovery-based meetings support us in complete abstinence from harmful substances, finding purpose, and satisfaction with life. Anything other than an honest program is our decision to make. In hearing the stories of fellow recoverees, bargaining with the idea that one substance can be replaced with another leads them right back to step one, with frustration and defeat.

Referring to ourselves as an addict or an alcoholic, with the intention of recovering, is one of the most effective ways to connect with others and have full disclosure with ourselves. It is our daily decision to be victorious over our addiction.

Clinical Director Max Karimbeik featured in article from

Big congratulations to The Giving Tree Treatment Center's very own, Max Karimbeik. Max is our Clinical Director who specializes in CBT, DBT, EMDR, Eco-therapy, and many more modalities.  Max was recently featured on with a statement emphasizing when it truly is time to ask for help. The link below will lead you to the article where you can find more insight into social anxiety and mental health. 

7 Signs Your Shyness May Actually Be Social Anxiety Disorder, According To Mental Health Experts