As someone who has worked in the industry for decades, I am proud to be involved with the important work that The Excel Center is doing. My purpose in life is helping others to find recovery; I love showing them that there is a light after the dark and it is possible to live a healthy, accountable, and manageable life.
I am an advocate for spiritual growth through the 12 Steps – one of our mantras is to “accept the things we cannot change, but find the courage to change the things we can”. Through our compassionate program and amazing team, we have helped hundreds of clients change the things they could, and live a life filled with hope, faith, and courage.
In my time working in long term recovery and outpatient programs, I have heard a lot of stories of people who simply had no hope left, and they didn’t think they would ever find happiness in this life. What those people didn’t realize is that there are many others who understand how they feel, and have dedicated their lives to helping them. The strongest, most caring, creative, and compassionate people I’ve ever encountered come from this community. Recovery is about acceptance, forgiveness, and resilience. As a place where judgment of any kind is unacceptable, our community has its arms out for anyone who needs help.
In 2003, I recognized that New Jersey needed a premium sober living facility that put its clients’ needs first, so I established Milestone House (certified by New Jersey Alliance of Recovery Residences). Milestone House consists of three facilities in the historic town of Dover. It offers a wide selection of living arrangements and encourages our clients to integrate their recovery skills into their day-to-day lives.
I am proud to say that in 2012 I founded the Excel Treatment Center. It is an outpatient substance abuse program that was recently accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). By instituting new family programs, mental health services, and alternative and holistic therapy options, the Excel Treatment Center is continuing to grow and build meaningful relationships within the community.
As the Excel Treatment Center grew, ready to expand its offerings beyond that of housing and shared community living spaces, I founded a new project that would allow members of the recovery community to bond even further. The Good Bean is a ‘recovery coffee house’ that promotes health and wellness by serving organic products, as well as fostering a safe and positive space for members to socialize. We recognize the importance of facilitating a smooth transition from outpatient care to normal life, and we provide the tools to make that process possible. The Good Bean is a place where people can feel welcome and discuss their journey with other patrons.
I take a dynamic approach to expanding the community which I love and have organized shared events like open mic nights, workshops, and alumni outings. In these activities, I want to show people that recovery does not mean losing out; it means an amazing chance to catch up on the life-changing experiences our clients might have missed during their active addiction.
My mission is to assist those struggling with addiction on the path towards long term recovery, and further help to destigmatize addiction and substance abuse both in the United States and abroad. Every single person who suffers from addiction deserves a comprehensive approach to their rehabilitation journey.
We recognize that each case is different, and unique in its treatment requirements, which is why we aim to provide a highly personalized level of care that puts the needs of the client above all else. Some clients may benefit from certain treatments better than others, and we make sure our practice reflects that. By addressing the underlying triggers and other external factors that lead to substance use disorders, we strive to understand each case to deliver effective treatment.
My vision for the Excel Center is an all-encompassing holistic provider of addiction treatment. This means that your journey with us isn’t finished when your program does; we encourage our clients to become a part of our recovery community, attend aftercare, and lead others by your fantastic example.
There is no need to let a problem get any worse before addressing it. The only thing standing in the way of a happier and healthier life is a reluctance to seek help. If you, or anyone you know, is suffering from a substance use disorder, a mental health condition, alcohol use disorder, or anything else at all, don’t hesitate to reach out today. There’s an entire community dedicated to recovery, health, and well-being, just waiting to meet you.