Tell us about your background/experience.
In 1996, I graduated from Youngstown State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and a minor in anthropology. In 2011, I obtained an Associate degree in human services from Kent State University. This is how I became involved in behavioral health. Today, I am a licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant and a substance use disorder counselor. I have prior experience in Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), inpatient/detox and Intensive Outpatient Programming (IOP). I joined Travco three years ago as a counselor for clients struggling with substance use disorders (facilitating new patient assessments and weekly counseling sessions) and a court liaison (participating in specialty docket programs—including treatment team status hearings for drug courts—as well as building relationships with community services and criminal justice representatives).
What do you like most about your job?
I enjoy seeing the change in people and the way they start believing in themselves. We see so much potential in our clients and the reward is when they begin to see it as well.
What inspired you to work in the substance abuse treatment field?
My internship in MAT/IOP inspired me to continue in the substance abuse treatment field. Seeing the struggle and the accomplishments no matter how small…watching people change their entire lives in even the worst circumstances is truly inspiring.
What is your advice for someone who might be hesitant about seeking treatment?
My advice would be to step out of your comfort zone…make a phone call for more information so you can make an educated decision regarding your recovery. In many cases, the phone call to a recovery facility is the first and hardest step.
What is your favorite movie, book or TV show about recovery?
My favorite documentary about recovery is Unguarded, The Chris Herren Story. He played for the Boston Celtics while in active addiction. Now in recovery, he is a motivational speaker and a mentor to young players.
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