My name is David N., and I’ve been with The Blackberry Center for over four and a half years. I’m a Recovery Assistant (RA), and that means that I facilitate group therapy, help patients get to and from activities, and overall create an environment that’s conducive to recovery.
I like to show recovering addicts that life can be fun without drugs and alcohol. I was an active addict for 20 years, and I’ve been sober for about 20 years. I enjoy sharing my experience, strength, and hope with a bit of humor and entertainment. That said, I never forget how serious this situation is. Patients come to treatment when they’re in life-or-death situations, and it’s my job to help steer them toward recovery.
Because I’m so aware of the dangers of mental illness and addiction, I take every possible step to help patients make long-term recoveries. I know how challenging it was for me to achieve sobriety, and my goal is to help as many people as possible make that same choice.
The best part of my job is seeing people overcome the stigma of mental health and addiction. I know how difficult it can be to talk about these subjects, so I always get excited when someone comes into treatment and is ready to deal with these issues. As someone who survived addiction myself, it feels like this is where I’m supposed to be.
The Blackberry Center Has Got You Covered
If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or mental illness, our team at The Blackberry Center can help. From inpatient dual diagnosis programs to partial hospitalization programs, group therapy, crisis care and more, we offer it all. Reach out to us online today, or call us at 407-449-8410.
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