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We can’t wait to introduce you to Justin, our June Specialist Spotlight feature. Justin lives in Orange County and works as a Recovery Coach for Sacred Roots Recovery. He was nominated by his manager, also named Justin, who had amazing things to say about his co-worker and friend. “I was inspired to nominate Justin because I’ve been able to watch him first hand make a dramatic change in the lives of those struggling with addiction and mental health. Justin is the type of man that will put his personal needs to the side to meet the needs of others. Whether it is case management, family support, or going to sit with a person in a hotel room who wants to quit life just to give them a glimmer of hope...he is always there.” We were touched by Justin’s drive and passion for helping others. Get to know him below!

Q: What inspired you to become a Recovery Coach?

A: I have never thought of myself as a Recovery Coach. Being of service is how I live every day. Living the majority of my life in Oklahoma City, and then moving throughout the country, I have seen the need for real substance abuse recovery support that spans nationwide. We eliminate the stigma behind the disease when we choose to gain insight and openly educate.

Q: Do you have a personal mantra or philosophy that guides you as a coach?

A: I always have loved the endless optimism Gatsby had amidst his personal challenges. Essentially, get things done! Despite the struggle daily life presents, it is up to our own selves how we react to the situation.

Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eludes us then, but that’s no matter — tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
— F. Scott Fitzgerald

Q: What is a “typical” day in your life as a Recovery Coach like?

A: I don't believe there is a "Typical Day". Structure is imperative in maintaining my focus and achieving my goals. My day easily takes multiple directions and I have to be ready for anything. I focus on personal structure so when my day suddenly turns a different direction I am able to maintain my routine. Whether it’s taking off unexpectedly to Las Vegas to provide an intervention to a struggling young woman or speaking with the loved ones we have had the fortune of helping, my day is filled with amazing opportunities to help our community. And, lots of coffee is key!

Q: What is your favorite part about being a Recovery Coach?

A: That answer really grows and evolves all the time. Every day we have the opportunity to collaborate and find ways to offer support. I'd say the part that brings me the most peace is when we see hope return to the faces of those who accepted change into their lives. Witnessing achievements and setbacks, every life event can be paramount in someone's recovery.

When you continue coming up against adversity you have to take an honest account of your role in the chaos. As Recovery Coaches, we have to embrace the light that shines through the cracks, and only then will you be able to guide others out of the darkness.

Q: What hobbies do you like to participate in outside of work?

A: I love to spend time outside of work with my daughters. Since I live states away, it is difficult to fly too often, but making regular trips and being there for them is the best way I can spend my time. Making sure to be available for them and provide a strong foundation is a core value.

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thank you justin, for all you do!