How did you choose your career?
I’ve done a lot of living. It’s who I am. My own experiences drove me to want to help others. This truly is a mission of mine – to do the best I can to let as many people know being in recovery is a good thing.
What is the biggest misconception about people seeking help for addiction?
Addiction has been around forever. It comes in many forms. If it’s not drugs or alcohol, it’s something else – work, gaming, phones, food. Everyone struggles in some way. Getting help is not about bad people being good. It’s about sick people getting better.
What can others learn from you about chemical dependency?
Never be ashamed to ask for help, because there is help available. I believe in support groups. Find one that fits. Keep attending different ones until you find one that fits. Realize that treatment is individual. You have to meet people where they’re at and find out what’s going on in their lives.
I feel blessed to work with some of the best people out there. Some of them have no idea they are the best people, but when they get clean and sober, they know both sides. They know what it’s like to not be in control and what it feels like to get under control. They just need someone to believe in them. It’s about getting better from where you’ve been instead of being bitter from having been there.
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