By: Cedar Point Recovery 14 Aug 2017

I have been working in the field of addictions for over nine years. I have been fortunate to work in many different treatment modalities including out-patient, residential, and detox. After seeing the need to treatment women with addictions, I successfully started up an out-patient program called Women in Recovery.

I am currently happy to be serving clients at Cedar Point as Clinical Coordinator, where I manage a small case load, run groups, check on the audit, and assist as Clinical Director Lead.  

 One of the best things about my job is being able to see people’s lives change for the better. I know how terrible addiction is and how many people are affected by it. When I’m in session with a client or group and they have a profound awakening, change of attitude or one of those “aha” moments, I am always very moved. I call these moment my “tear” moments because they relate to a life-changing milestone where someone can break free of addiction and enjoy some freedom and happiness. It’s all worthwhile, every time!

My own recovery journey inspired me to work in the field of addiction. I love talking with different people, especially people in recovery. I want our clients to know that someone does want to hear about their challenges and that I am here to share their journey of recovery. I wasn’t always sure what I was supposed to do when I grew up, and now I know that I’ve found my calling.

Cedar Point has some of the most caring and perseverant staff. I love going to a job where the company truly cares about what is best for our clients. The bottom line is that we want them to be happy and healthy. I’ve seen the benefits of alternative therapies like yoga and equine therapy and it’s great to be working for a company that takes a whole-person approach.

The other great thing about Cedar Point is that they are so open to developing cutting edge programs. We’re actually working on some fantastic changes right now like starting up some gender-specific groups. We’re also on the cusp of developing some nutritional and life skills groups and that’s very exciting.

At Cedar Point, we work with our clients to teach them how to be aware of their feelings and process them, and how these skills can help them improve relationships. When they go back out into the community, we want them to be able to build a community of support and they’ll need good coping and communication skills to do that.

We do our best to prepare our clients for the challenges that they’ll face upon re-entry into the community. I encourage them to find the recovery environment in their area and jump into the middle of it and not be afraid to ask for help. I send them off challenging them to find their passion and pursue it.

For anyone who is unsure about entering our program, I let them know that we have amazing houses, staff and programming where they can concentrate on themselves and figure out what they need to do to have a happy life. I assure them that our teams will make them a priority and work hard in all areas, and on all levels, to give them the best chance for recovery. I tell them, “Do this for you, and let us help you.”

Since I’ve recovered, I have a new passion for my own life. Many of the things I learned in treatment I still hold dear. When I have time away from my job, I continue to practice self-care. For me, time with my three daughters is priority. I love to relax by watching funny or inspirational movies. I look for inspiration everywhere I go, especially in life’s little moments. For a day of total relaxation, there’s nothing like a day at the coast!

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