Well, here we are again Valley Recovery Center friends. In just a few short weeks, we will be in the midst of a new year and many exciting changes. But before that happens, we wanted to take a look back and appreciate all of the important moments that we were part of in 2017. These past 12 months brought about exciting events, new social media alignments, staff additions to the VRC family and much, much more.
First off, we are all extremely grateful for the continued support we have received from our friends and colleagues (many of whom were featured in this year’s blogs). Looking back, we had the opportunity to have deep conversations with recovery advocates like Kristen Johnson, MPH from Breathe Life Healing Centers. She offered incredible insights into the approach of her facility.
We also spoke with Authentic Recovery Center COO Hadas Zies and learned about the unique recovery approaches from her two facilities. One of our industry’s most respected advocates, she told us, “When we say authentic, we mean it. The core essence of our program is acting with integrity. And that goes from the business aspect to the clinical aspect.”
And let’s not forget our conversation with Michael Lynch, founder of Stairway Recovery Homes. His facilities have done tremendous work for those battling addiction and cater to people living in the San Fernando Valley.
Then there was our interview with Dr. Reza Nabavi, PhD, who runs Resolutions Therapeutic Services. His work is has been centered on the west side of L.A. and helped countless professional adults build a strong alumni network as they move on from their treatment.
“We really have seen some incredible results,” Reza told us back in July. “Whether its sobriety, trauma resolution, or mental illness remission, our former clients continue to have long-term success. We also do a lot for our alumni. Everything from getting them jobs, to going back to school, to re-establishing their careers. It’s been really rewarding and it’s really nice to see.”
But this year went way beyond just informative blog profiles. We also launched an exciting new Facebook Group called I Work In Treatment And I Love It, which is catered to professionals in our field and provides a valuable online resource. As the description reads, The purpose of this group is to create a safe and encouraging environment for ethical professionals to be a part of something greater. And we can thankfully say, in the past six months it has accomplished what it set out to do.
And of course, let’s not forget all of the fantastic people who have joined the VRC family this year! From Clinical Director Amy Spahr, to Admissions Coordinator Kori Francisco, to Substance Abuse Counselor Colin Dassler and beyond, we are beyond thrilled to have so many talented new people on our team.
So from all of us, THANK YOU for making 2017 such a fantastic year. Let us all reflect on our successes from the past 12 months, learn from our mistakes and look onward and upward to 2018!