As a recovering opiate addict and alcoholic who has struggled with depression, anxiety, and PTSD, I do outreach in the community, help people gain more accessibility to treatment, and walk families through the very scary process of getting their loved one the treatment they need and deserve.
I started my work at an inpatient residential substance abuse program in 2014 and then went on to open and operate a sober living dwelling for women, until May of 2017. At that time, I began my work as a recovery coach and sober companion before reaching out to Alyza in 2017. During our conversation, she informed me of her intention to open The Berman Center and asked me to come on as Director of Outreach. Believe me when I tell you that it was an easy YES. I had worked with Alyza before and knew her to be a woman with heart and a passion for helping others, coupled with amazing talent and a ton of skill.
My philosophy? Love and service. I didn’t go through hell on earth and come out blessed to leave others to walk through hell alone. So, I armor up and walk back into the fire – day in and day out – because I care, and also because I know that this is what I’m supposed to be doing with my life.
I know there is hope. I know that people get well once they’re able to connect. I know people are more than their addiction, more than a diagnosis, and more than their fear and sickness.
I believe that everyone is worth fighting for. And I’m happy to be a part of a team that believes the same.