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Meet Our Addiction Treatment Professionals & Their Stories

by | Published on Jun 5, 2020 | Drug Addiction


Being an addiction treatment professional is one of the most essential jobs in the world. You get to see lives change before your eyes. Across the country, thousands of men and women launch into the world of addiction therapy, ready to make a difference. Addiction treatment professionals are on the front lines every day, working hard to help patients work through their underlying issues.

There are many pros and cons associated with the jobs of addiction treatment professionals. It is a humble and noble calling and one that takes a ton of hard work and determination. It takes a strong person to work in the field of addiction. Additionally, it takes someone who truly loves their job as an addiction pro to make a drug rehab one of the best in the country.

Today, we talked to the addiction treatment professionals at Lighthouse Recovery Institute to get an insight into what they love the most about their roles in your recovery process.

Tabitha Bush, Primary Therapist

Primary Therapist Tabitha Bush

Describe the most fulfilling part of working for the addiction recovery industry.

The one thing that I find most fulfilling is helping others recognize their worth and capacity to achieve success. Watching someone grow that has been torn down by the disease of addiction and lost their understanding of themselves. There are subtle rewards that happen daily in my job. Such as watching someone flourish into someone with self-confidence to move forward. As a therapist, the goal of therapy is to walk through obstacles or challenges. So when patients lean into uncomfortably, it is a beautiful thing. When a patient believes in their ability to be sober, well, that is the most fulfilling experience to witness.

What keeps you motivated daily? How do you face new challenges?

For daily life, I think the most rewarding part for me is seeing the personalities of patients come out, and witnessing laughter and growth begin to pour out of their beings.

Challenges are common in the industry. It can be challenging for patients to find ways to communicate with us actively. Operating as a team is one of the most helpful things I have found when presented with a challenge. When you have a greater understanding and perspective on something that you may not see because you are close to the case, someone else’s professional opinion can be a game-changer.

Jessica Bonaventura, Clinical Director

Jessica Bonaventura Clinical Director Lighthouse Recovery Institute

Describe the most fulfilling part of working for the addiction recovery industry.

For me, the most fulfilling thing about working in this industry is seeing patients identify and believe in their strengths. Also, watching them make their behavioral changes out of pure motivation and desire. It’s incredible when you see patients doing their work and taking the initiative. Knowing a patient’s desire to grow is authentic is a huge piece of long-term sobriety.

What keeps you motivated daily? How do you face new challenges?

The most rewarding part of my daily life here at Lighthouse Recovery Institute is seeing patients meet their goals, big or small. Something as small as finishing an assignment and them knocking on my door telling me with pure excitement on their face because they’re so proud.

Another thing that I feel is most rewarding is seeing them take on change so well. The subtle changes in the patient’s daily life, overall, is most rewarding. I overcome challenges daily by speaking to my clinical team. We work as a unit and bounce ideas off of one another because several brains are better than one. Sometimes, I may be too invested in a case or not have experience with a specific issue. As a result, I will not make a final clinical decision without their fresh perspectives.

Molly Groo, Primary Therapist

Molly Groo Primary Therapist

Describe the most fulfilling part of working in the addiction recovery industry.

What’s most fulfilling for me about this job is the opportunity we have to see the deep capacity human beings have for resilience and change, no matter their background or story. Every day, our patients have a series of choices to make- they have the ultimate power to choose whether they want to do the hard work of recovery or return to a life of addiction. Seeing someone make choices for their well-being out of a genuine desire to have a better life is one of the most fulfilling experiences I’ve had.

What keeps you motivated daily? How do you face new challenges?

The most rewarding part of my daily life is seeing patients experience pure joy in sobriety. That can come from a sense of pride they get when they achieve a goal, whether it’s learning to cook their meals or starting a new career. When individuals begin to use coping skills in their life, that is when you can see the biggest shift in their emotional capacity.

I also love seeing patients experience the joy of having real friendships in sobriety or discovering a new hobby, or just laughing together. I love hearing from alumni who call and share how fulfilling their lives are because of the work they have done. When I experience a challenge, I know I can always rely on the team.

We collaborate all the time, and we meet every day, so we have a chance to share ideas and new perspectives. I know I can always count on them to support me and challenge me to improve and think of new, innovative ways to meet a challenge.

One Team, One Family

At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we believe our addiction treatment professionals are part of our family. Together, as one team, we can offer a more comprehensive and caring approach to our patients. Contact us today to meet our team, learn more about our treatment programs, and start your recovery journey — together.

Geraldine Orentas

Geraldine Orentas

Geraldine is Lighthouse Recovery Institute’s Digital Marketing Manager. She has a Bachelor’s in Journalism and experience in the digital media industry. Geraldine’s writing allows her to share valuable information about mental health, wellness, and drug addiction facts, hoping to shed light on the importance of therapy and ending the stigma.
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Lighthouse Recovery Institute aims to improve the quality of life for anyone struggling with substance use or mental health disorder. We provide fact-based content about the nature of behavioral health conditions, treatment options, and their outcomes. The material we publish is researched, cited, edited, and reviewed by licensed medical professionals. The information we provide in our posts is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. It should never be used in place of the advice of your physician or another qualified healthcare provider.

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