About Ben Brafman

Ben Brafman, LMHC, CAP, is the Clinical Director, President and CEO of Destination Hope, a nationally recognized substance abuse and dual diagnosis treatment facility in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  With more than two decades of hands-on experience in the field of substance abuse and addiction, Ben is a leading authority on substance abuse, addiction and treatment protocols.  A licensed behavioral health counselor and certified addiction professional, Ben has grown into an industry expert, educating both healthcare and public audiences on issues in the field of addiction.

In 2007, Ben founded Destination Hope, a new model in full service addiction recovery. Combining his experience as an addiction tech, behavioral health counselor and clinical director, Ben developed treatment protocols that focused on individualized treatment, versus an all in one approach.  His unique approach, to treat an individual as a whole instead of a set of symptoms by addressing the psychological, physical and emotional issues related to substance abuse set a new standard in addiction treatment.  Destination Hope was an immediate success, and today has expanded into multiple treatment programs including separate female and male treatment programs.

To date, under the leadership of Ben Brafman, Destination Hope has successfully helped hundreds of individuals from across the country navigate a path to sobriety.   A combination of dedicated behavioral health counselors and truly unique care has made the Destination Hope program one of the most noted drug rehab programs in the country.

Behavioral Health Counselor

Ben has experience serving clients and leading therapy programs at a variety of residential, clinical and outpatient behavioral health programs.  Ben is a Member of the Mental Health Association, the Broward County Task Force on Drugs and Alcohol and a member of the Dual Diagnosis Association.  He is a nationally certified counselor, a certified addiction professional, a licensed mental health counselor and an anger management specialist.  Ben has served as an expert witness in DUI/drug cases.

Ben regularly writes and leads workshops on substance abuse and addiction, mental health and treatment protocols for private companies as well as professional trade organizations.   For more information on his speaking schedule or past events, please visit Ben’s Behavioral Health Newsroom.

Behavioral Health Advocate

Recognizing a need to elevate the continuing professional education of addiction professionals and behavioral health counselors like himself, Ben founded the Academy for Addiction Professionals.  An education and professional licensing facility dedicated to professional advancement, the Academy provides industry certifications as well as ongoing education for addiction professionals.

Ben is also the founder of a non-profit organization to help those who cannot pay for substance abuse and addiction treatment, Guardian Behavioral Health Foundation.  Guardian Behavioral Health Foundation provides financial assistance and education to individuals and families living with mental illness in order to improve and sustain their quality of life.

As a behavioral health counselor, Ben is dedicated to helping those beyond the treatment facility.  He is an active volunteer with Community Friends Association, and co-founder of Southern Lights A.I.D.S. project.  Ben has been awarded community service commendations from the Salvation Army – 1990’s Community Service Person of the Year and the Spirit of the Community Award in 2000.

Ben Brafman holds a BA from Syracuse University and a MA from Barry University in Mental Health Counseling and Family Therapy. He and his wife live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with their three wonderful children.   He has completed three marathons and is training for a triathlon.