Alcohol and Drug Counselor-Trainee
I have been given the opportunity to work alongside individuals struggling with substance use disorders and addiction issues for the past 5 years. In that time, I have marveled at the courage, resiliency, compassion, and intelligence of those with whom I work. For those of us who have walked the long day’s journey of substance abuse and addiction into night, we may feel there are few places to turn. As a person in long term recovery I can relate with the feelings of bewilderment, loss, pain, and inescapable worry that can inhibit an individual from seeking help. As a clinician, I understand that addiction is a treatable disease, is all too common, and is one of the greatest health issues we as a society face today.
I am extremely passionate about recovery from alcohol and drugs and enjoy sharing that passion with clients. I strongly believe that recovery from addiction not only provides an individual with a second chance at life, but offers a quality of life that was previously unimaginable. As a clinician, I feel that it is important to be genuine and to meet an individual where they are. I strive to help my clients cope with feelings of shame and guilt towards their substance use, and work from the perspective of “good person, bad disease.” I also strive to encourage my clients by reinforcing the concept that they have the power to rise up each day and make things better.
I have worked as an addictions counselor at Club Recovery since 2014, after receiving my B.A. in Psychology from Argosy University. Prior to entering the clinical field I worked with individuals in early recovery as a sober house manager. I was also in the military for over 10 years, and have served multiple combat deployments to Iraq and peace keeping deployments to Bosnia and Kosovo. I currently work at Club Recovery as an (ADC-T) alcohol and drug counselor, and facilitate the men’s evening and Saturday Intensive Outpatient Treatment groups.
Ryan facilitates the Men’s Intensive Outpatient Therapy group on weekday evenings and a mixed gender group on Saturdays.