Have you ever wondered about what being an addiction counselor is like? Well, read on, because you are in for a treat.
Our growing team of addiction counselors is an integral part of our addiction treatment programs. Our amazing client to counselor ratio allows team members like, Matthew Longoria, CATC, CDS, to work with our residents one-on-one planting a foundation for long-term recovery. We got to sit down with Matt and talk to him about his background in addiction treatment, how he came to TDH, and also why he loves helping people find recovery for a living.
What is your background in addiction treatment?
I went to Pierce College for my AA in Addiction Studies and am currently certified by CAADE as a CATC-I. With over 3 years in the addiction treatment industry my career began with a non-profit outpatient program as a counselor in May 2013. Then I got hired with TDH in July 2014 and have been here since that point. I also have my CDS (chemical dependency specialist) credentials. I have experience with case management, individual counseling, group counseling, prevention, and utilization reviews.
What do you enjoy most about working at The Discovery House?
What I enjoy most about working with TDH is how we are comprehensive in treating the client by focusing on educating on the disease of addiction (bio/psych/social aspects of addiction, 12-step principles, relapse prevention, and coping skills), addressing inner discord (self-worth, self-esteem, developing a vision for their life in recovery), and addressing family discord (building healthy relationships with effective communication). Also, I work with a team of professionals that seek to be united and work together as a team for each and every client.
What is the most rewarding part about being an addiction counselor at The Discovery House?
Knowing that I can walk alongside each client in their efforts to learn what life can become in recovery. Watching them learn how to become the best person they can become is the best part. I love when I hear about the successes of former clients as they reach their life goals and recovery milestones.
Why do you think the work that we do here is important?
I feel that it is important to give the best possible services to each client that walks through our doors. We work tirelessly as a team to be effective with our clients. We work to provide excellent programs which help our clients to see a life in recovery become a reality for them despite the circumstances that brought them into treatment.