The people affected by drugs the most are usually NOT the ones using, it’s the people who are connected to the person with the substance use disorder (SUD). Families, friends, and co-workers experience the most discomfort because of another person’s SUD. At NYCATS, we help clients understand how their SUD affects those people who are connected to, and who care about them, and we help them put their lives back together. Helping to put family relationships, friendships, and work relationships back together is the primary reason I do this work; it’s what gives me the greatest pleasure and the most satisfaction from my job.
My start in the field of substance use disorder treatment began in 2007 when I took advantage, through a federal government program, of an opportunity to attend school to become a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor-Trainee. I’ve worked in outpatient treatment centers in Staten Island and lower Manhattan. I received my CASAC credential in 2012. I started working at NYCATS in 2009 as a group facilitator. I am currently the Clinical Director, and completed studies to earn a Masters of Social Work, MSW, from Hunter College in June of 2016.