15 Jun Staff Spotlight: Scott’s Story
As members of the addiction treatment community it is important for us, not just to provide our clients with the utmost level of care, but also to elevate our quality of care through the attainment of an outstanding staff core. Our staff helps our clients build the necessary recovery skills and networks that will help them succeed in their sobriety long after they have completed our program. Thus, we began a series here on our website highlighting some of our outstanding staff and their stories. It is important to us that our clients not only get to know us as a company, but for them to get to know our staff on a small, yet more personal level.
We continue building our staff spotlight series here with Scott’s Story. Scott joined our team a little more than four months ago as part of our Recovery Advocate core. Scott’s job at Constellations Recovery is to help, monitor, and serve the residents on a daily basis. When asked what his main duties at Constellations Recovery are Scott stated that he is a huge advocate of keeping residents on a positive mindset, while keeping them active in their recovery. He says, “my job is to mentor and assist residents with learning about recovery, and implementing the principles of practices of a firm foundation of the program into their lives.” Scott believes this period of extended care is a vital part of a person’s early sobriety. He explains, “this period in a person’s early sobriety is critical, as the foundation they lay at this time will serve them after departing, helping them to start and then cement a strong and lasting recovery.” For Scott his job is extremely important and he takes pride in doing it. Scott also had this to say, “Constellations, and by proxy myself, also provides social and emotional coaching to residents. We help them acquire and utilize life skills, coping mechanisms and strategies to face their past and rebuild their lives in a constructive way.”
Subsequently we asked Scott what lead him on his current career path, he proudly proclaimed, “I am in recovery myself, I just celebrated six years sober.” At Constellations Recovery it is optional for our staff members to disclose whether or not they themselves are in recovery, but we find that clients feel at ease and much more comfortable sharing their pasts and presents with individuals who have a first hand account of what they are going through themselves. Scott explains further about his sobriety by stating, “this milestone was extremely important to me and my main focus after getting sober was to help others. But wanting to help others and actually doing so in a professional capacity are two different things.” After helping others in AA for years, Scott admits, “I decided I wanted to do it professionally. This required more than just a knowledge of recovery principles, it required training and a vast understanding of the human brain’s patterns and behaviors.” Scott began his professional training at Phoenix House. Here Scott worked with mentally and socially disabled youths who struggled with drug addiction. Scott would then go on to complete his Drug and Alcohol certification, or CASAC, in order to further enhance his skills and later go on to further his training in Social Work. Scott plans to complete his training by May of this year, while also working on his licensure. Scott explains, “The combination of license and certification is, to me, the best and most comprehensive combination of skills for this field. In short, it allows me to help the most people possible.” There is no doubt Scott is extremely knowledgeable, hard working and passionate about what he does. He says,
“I know firsthand that people can change, and am humbled and honored that I am able to play some small part in that change for others.”
When asked about his sobriety and the paths that finally lead him to a life of recovery, Scott admits he had periods of sobriety between treatments, but it all came with great hardship and struggle. It wasn’t until he faced his disease fully and stopped believing he could willingly drink or use whenever he wanted to that he finally realized how difficult recovery could be. He believes a big part of being able to face recovery is to first be true to yourself about what your disease has done and how it has affected you. Scott states, “when I finally got sober I did something I had never been able to do, I stopped, on my own, and walked away. Always in the past I had been stopped in one way or another, whether by family or other entities.” After realizing the true struggle Scott admits, “slowly I started engaging in social activities again. I really had to take it a day at a time and one situation at a time, but this way of living has blossomed for me into one of the most fulfilling and beneficial I have ever known.” He emphasizes,
“Slow and patient is the best and most lasting way to do this.”
Since Constellations Recovery implements a 12-step based program we asked our staff what they take away from these principles and the most important concepts to keep in mind. Scott comments, “The 12-steps offer a spiritual way of living”. He elaborates, “they offer a method of constant self-evaluation and improvement by taking inventory, making amends, prayer and meditation and helping others. Perhaps more important, the steps help to create a life not ran by self-will, but in tune with others and doing good for them.”
Switching gears a bit, we asked Scott to tell our readers some of the activities he engages in to help stay sober. As our client’s number one concern is always learning how to fill their time with moments where they won’t feel the urge to just abandon their sobriety due to triggers. Scott admits he enjoys engaging in various activities from hiking, to going out with friends, to swimming, and lots of other enjoyable activities, but states, “the activity that helps me stay sober is helping others. By giving away what I have been given keeps me out of myself and into others, and doing the steps with others also helps me incorporate them into my own life.” We also asked Scott what other activities he engages in to help himself and others in their recovery. He admits attending meetings regularly helps him spread the knowledge to help others, whether as their sponsor or simply by helping newcomers.
We also asked Scott to comment on whether or not he thought it was beneficial for clients to be surrounded by staff that has gone through similar experiences. Scott admits, “Being surrounded by people who are serious about recovery and who live that lifestyle, they see and imitate their behavior, even if they don’t yet feel it themselves.” For Scott, when a client hears his story, it helps them see that recovery is not only possible, but that is can work for them.
Finally we asked Scott to highlight some of the more enjoyable moments he encounters working for Constellations Recovery and he states, “Constellations is unlike any other place I have been. What I love most is that they include recovery and lay disciplines, a combination rarely found, and the staff are all dedicated and sincere.”
At Constellations Recovery we are happy to have staff members like Scott, who understand the benefits of paying it forward and truly helping others. Without team members like Scott we would not be able to call ourselves more than a sober living but a home, a place where our residents can feel safe and welcomed, as well as understood.
We hope you have enjoyed reading a little bit about one of our staff members and we will periodically be spotlighting a team member each month so that, not only will you get a sense of who we are as a company, but who the people that will work with you or your loved one will be. For more staff spotlight stories like this, please click here.