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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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John Kotz

Director of Operations

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

John Kotz, Director of Operations, Awakenings Recovery Center.

Where did you grow up?

Calvert County, MD

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

Undergraduate degree at Salisbury University in Elementary Education. Master’s at Wilmington University in School Leadership. Working on EdD doctorate from Northcentral University in Educational Leadership.

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

Quality treatment was available when I needed it most. I enjoy being part of the team that keeps the facility running, while continuously looking at ways to improve our clients’ experiences. My goal is to provide quality treatment for all clients, and my current role allows me to work towards this goal.

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

Oversee the day-to-day operations of the facility. Work with the various departments, providing optimal care to clients for clinical and recreational activities. Interact with clients throughout the day

What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part of the job is working alongside a staff that is fully committed to providing the best client care possible. They are a great team and make work enjoyable, even during difficult/chaotic times.

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

The people I work with on a regular basis, both in and out of the Awakenings facility, are great co-workers, but more importantly great people. I have built bonds with them that extend beyond the workplace. The comradery amongst the entire Amatus staff is what I believe sets them apart.

Anything else you want to include in your bio?

I believe in a holistic approach to recovery. I like to run obstacle course races, continue to improve myself educationally, and surround myself with people that enhance my life. I have a recovery network that is vital in my daily journey, a wife that supports me in all my crazy ventures, and a family that loves and trusts me unconditionally. None of these things were possible 7 years ago.

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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.”