Happy Recovery Interview
The first question we have for you is why your agency? Why should someone choose your center over the other centers available?
That is an awesome question one in which I am not embarrassed to discuss. Through the years I have been mentored by some forward thinking leaders in the recovery field. Their belief in the good in people and their spirit of recovery first, allowed me as a practitioner to step out of the box and treat people as individuals. To allow people the space they need to grow and become who they strive to become.
It is this spirit that allows the process of human growth to manifest itself. Treating every person as an individual that is special, good at heart and more than a statistic is the difference between connecting and treating. Connecting with people is my specialty. Leading people into a positive sustainable recovery building on their strengths makes the difference in winning and struggling.
How are you unique? What do you do differently or better than the rest?
Building on peoples strengths is key. Living free of drugs and alcohol is only half the battle. Helping people to generate excitement back into their lives takes a special person, that is my uniqueness. When others are attempting to confront the addiction and call people on their “BS” I am connecting and moving people to a successful recovery. When others are teaching relapse prevention I am teaching how to live life happy, joyous and free. When others are warning of the dangers of addiction I am leading people to strive for new heights! Life is too good to allow it to pass you by!
Tell us a bit about your agencies history, how did you begin in the field of addiction?
I began in human service in 1983. My family believed in giving back to people, so I was naturally attracted to the helping field. I began to work with people that needed and wanted help independently as a mentor and coach over ten years ago. With well over twenty years of recovery behind me I continue to serve people that want to take their recovered life to the next level.
Do you treat co-occurring disorders?
If so what is your process for treating co-occurring disorders?
Addiction is a Primary condition, other serious mental health issues are primary conditions as well. Assisting the individual to address each issue on its own accord as well as build strategies to heal from both is essential. For mental health issues the number one strategy is to recognize symptoms and how to address them when they arise. For addiction we recognize we have a daily reprieve based upon our spiritual condition. Coupled together recovery is probable!
Is co-occurring disorder treatment mainstream or a separate track?
Because I am a sole practitioner the question does not apply!
What is your vision for the future for your agency? The field?
For me my vision is to continue to serve people indefinitely. For the field we have grown in leaps and bounds. The movement to a recovery oriented treatment protocol is phenomenal. We must continue to promote mutual support and an aggressive stance towards strength based therapy such as motivational interviewing.
What is the average amount of time a therapist and your technicians remain working with your agency?
Over 5 years
Would you share a story, of course leave out the name, of a patients success that comes to mind?
What is your take on interventions?
There are too many to choose from. Recently I was working with a 19 year old young lady that was addicted to “Roxies”. She wanted to stay clean but also wanted to have fun. She continued to place herself at risk but instead of getting frustrated with her behaviors we continued to explore the risk and the outcomes. Eventually she cam to realize that her choice of friends and under utilization of mutual support was hurting her potential as a young lady. When she broke away from the chaos by her own choice her outcomes got better and better. She went from depression to joy as a result. Is enrolled in school and has a part time job.
Do clients need to be motivated to recover? How do you determine motivation levels?
Absolutely not, this is crackpot functionalism at its best designed to put blame on why people relapse. The truth is if we as practitioners work effectively we will motivate people to action.
Are the twelve steps incorporated into your program? How do mutual support groups benefit the client and are they necessary?
No matter what you hear from anyone, when people are seeking non-twelve step programs they simply are misguided. They are asking the wrong questions when they are concerned about the model. Programs that tout a non-twelve step approach are using this negative emotion as a sales process. The truth is recovery is not solely about the traditional AA or NA approach, but coming to terms with the wrongs we have done to others is essential. Learning to live in unity with others is necessary. Mutual support is an added benefit of the steps. It raises the potential for recovery so why not embrace it?
There is an enormous amount of emphasis on spirituality and recovery. How does your agency address this topic? Do you have faith-based tracks? Are they Christian specific or do you offer other faith perspectives as well?
Spirituality is less about identifying God and more about identifying how to live life in harmony and unity with others. It is about having a sense of peace and love within. It is about being okay with myself and others. It is living life to it’s fullest. Increased spirituality is a direct result of recovery, they go hand in hand.
Interview completed by Daniel Callahan, MSW
We hope you found Happy Recovery’s interview to be interesting. We thank them for their time and would also like to list their information so if you or a loved one ever need help, you can easily reach them.
Happy Recovery Company Information
Lets face it staying clean and sober is much easier than getting sober. The detoxification process is extremely uncomfortable at best. Beginning the recovery process takes endurance, patience and diligence. The road ahead is challenging but well worth the work it takes to recover. Dan Callahan is an experienced success coach, social worker and minister that will guide you to the next level in recovery and most importantly your life. Dan is a Masters level Social Worker trained at Fordham University in New York City and an ordained minister. Dan works with individuals with a desire to live life to it’s fullest. He believes that life is meant to be enjoyed and not endured. His personal recovery program has helped hundreds of people recover and excel in life. He has worked with CEO’s of corporations, entrepreneurs, and individuals from all walks of life.
The Freedom Recovery program encompasses personal counseling in all aspects of life including: career or vocational counseling, finding your purpose, overcoming adversity, HOW to get and stay sober, building self esteem, Six features of Mentally Healthy People, Joy of Living, Money Management, overcoming depression, anxiety, fear, developing a personal relationship with God and much more. The therapeutic program includes weekly individual counseling and once a month motivational and educational seminars. The tuition is $450 per month with a three month minimal commitment.
The truth is simple, Life is meant to be enjoyed and not to be endured.