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We believe that the culture and staff in our facility can be the difference-maker for every individual in our care.

Each staff member brings a combination of education, training, professional certifications, and hands-on experience. Approaching recovery work from a variety of disciplines and therapeutic modalities allows our teams to create a truly comprehensive, individualized treatment plan.

Many members of our team are in recovery themselves and are excited to share the fulfillment they have found with you. We are real people in recovery, we have been where you are, and we are excited to help each individual find long-term recovery.

Each member of our team will facilitate your success and be on your side at every turn, serving as a resource and a role model to help you live clean and sober.

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Rachel Reines

Case Manager

What is your mission at Awakenings?

My goal at Awakenings Recovery Center is to provide the best support possible for the clients to help them through one of the most difficult things they will ever face in their lives. I strive to set an example of what recovery can do for you if you work hard and stay clean.

What makes Awakenings stand out?

Awakenings Recovery Center stands out for its individualized but consistent and fair care given to the clients. The compassion, empathy, and understanding are top-notch at Awakenings and make me proud to be a part of the team.

What is the most rewarding part of working at Awakenings?

The most rewarding part of working at Awakenings is watching life come back in the clients after the first couple of days of treatment. I know the difficulties we face as recovering addicts, both physically and emotionally, and seeing that glimmer of hope in their eyes is priceless. I am proud to say that I am helping a fellow addict stay clean just for today!

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Petros Colla

Regional Outreach Specialist

What is your mission at Awakenings?

To accommodate any individual seeking inpatient treatment without judgment or expectation.

What makes Awakenings stand out?

Awakenings Recovery Center stands out because all of our staff strives to provide a therapeutic environment where anyone will feel comfortable learning how to feel, deal, and heal without the use of drugs or alcohol.

What is the most rewarding part of working at Awakenings?

Personally, the most rewarding part of working at Awakenings Treatment Center is being a recovering addict helping other addicts. I never imagined that my higher power had this in the plan for me. It keeps me grateful and humble.

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Jason Swanger

Director of Admissions

What is your mission at Awakenings?

As a person in recovery myself I know that the feeling of hopelessness and fear of the unknown is sometimes unbearable. I want to connect on a personal level with each person who comes to let them know that I do care about them and how they can get better one day at a time to achieve sobriety.

What makes Awakenings stand out?

In the grips of addiction, we are all climbing a similar mountain. When left alone, that mountain can feel unachievable. At Awakenings, we will not only work to climb that mountain with you; many of us have reached its darkest valleys before. We know where you have been, and we will invest every ounce of our effort and limitless compassion to ensure a continuous transformation toward the person you will become.

What is the most rewarding part of working at Awakenings?

I think it’s hard to say what is the most rewarding part of working at Awakenings simply for the fact that we are seeing miracles happen in people on a daily basis when they come into treatment. From the first day a patient walks into my admission office broken down and just being able to see the light in their eyes with a glimmer of hope that this can work for them too makes my job all worth it.

Monique Evans

Director of Clinical Programming

What is your full name, title, and the location you work out of?

Monique Denise Evans, Director of Clinical Programming at Awakenings Recovery Center.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Nyack, New York.

Where did you go to school? Collegiate degree? What was your focus of study?

I graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburg, PA with a B.S. in Special Education.

What is your passion for working in the treatment field? (You can share your own recovery story, or you don’t have to disclose).

My passion is working with people. I have personal experience in the world of addiction and found that I have something to give back to people who are struggling.

What do you do for your job? List a few responsibilities.

I supervise the clinical team, assign clients to clinicians, create the weekly group schedule, and handle anything that is clinical in nature.

What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part of my job is working with the clinicians. I love teaching them different skills to help professional development; that filters down to our clients, so we are providing the best care possible.

What do you think sets Amatus apart from other treatment centers?

What sets Amatus apartment from other treatment centers is that they hire those with personal experience in addiction. It’s like giving recovering addicts a second chance. Amatus also allows Awakenings to think outside the box. Treatment is not cookie cutter.

Anything else you want to include in your bio?

I love to see the clients on admission day and watch them blossom within their 30-day treatment experience. You can see the light come back. I call these “hummingbird moments.”

Staci Decker, RN

BHT Manager

I joined the team at Awakenings Recovery Center in 2020. Before starting my position at ARC, I worked in Outpatient Surgical Care, and then joined an Ambulatory Surgery Center Development Company. I enjoy using my medical background and knowledge in conjunction with my personal experiences in recovery.

Abstinence and recovery are an integral part of my life. Being able to help other people who are suffering with addiction has been a blessing. ARC is the only inpatient facility in our community to help people suffering with substance use disorders, so it’s incredibly rewarding to give back to my community.

Staci Decker, RN is a BHT Manager at Awakenings Recovery Center. Decker received her degree in 2000, where she specialized in Emergency Nursing.

Mike Herrell, ADT

Substance Abuse Counselor

I joined the clinical team at Awakenings Recovery Center in 2021. When Awakenings first opened in 2019, I worked here as a Behavioral Health Technician, and filled roles as Office Manager and Admissions Coordinator when needed.

I use psychodynamic, client-centered, interpersonal, CBT, relapse prevention, motivational interviewing, and 12-step techniques. My goal is to help clients identify areas for improvement, understand and practice accountability, build supportive networks, develop structure, and identify their potential.

When clients first come to treatment, they present as broken, defeated, hopeless, insecure, and spiritually bankrupt. Seeing clients begin to change physically, mentally, and spiritually in just 30 days makes all the challenging days worth it.

I have a very personal connection to this change, because I have life experience with addiction and trauma. The strengths of life experience in connecting with clients are without parallel. Relationships between staff at Awakenings also help our clients. Most employees’ “open-door mindset” helps promote a healthy work environment. In this field, clients benefit from staff working as a team.

Mike Herrell, ADT is a Substance Abuse Counselor at Awakenings Recovery Center. Herrell earned his ADT in 2021. He is currently working towards a degree in Human Services.

Keith Stromberg, AAS

Director of Operations

I have been part of the Awakenings team since 2019, running day-to-day operations at the facility. My goal is to make things run smoothly and help our clients, their families, and the community.

The most rewarding part of my job is watching our clients go through a transformation during their time with us. I know this transformation personally; spanning many years, I received services from facilities similar to Awakenings Recovery Center.

Treatment helped me achieve a life I never thought possible. That includes coming home to a beautiful family after a long day at the office. Awakenings Recovery Center stands out because—along with clinical background and knowledge—many of our staff also have personal experience to offer. I know firsthand how valuable this is. I wouldn’t have this life if it weren’t for the people who helped me along the way.

Keith Stromberg, A.A.S is the Director of Operations at Awakenings Recovery Center. He received his Addiction Counseling Degree in 2021.