CRC Recovery Division Employees Show Their Commitment to the Field

Posted at October 1, 2009 | Categories : 2009 | 0 Comment

CRC Health wouldn’t be the industry leader we are today without the passion, commitment, and sacrifice of our employees. Not only do CRC employees routinely go the extra mile on behalf of their programs and patients, but many also devote their free time to advancing the field of addiction medicine.

Four dedicated CRC Recovery Division employees — Jim Sellars of the Sacramento Treatment Clinic, Jose Suarez of the Third Avenue Clinic, Tim Sinnott of Bayside Marin, and Danielle Farnsworth of Sober Living by the Sea — have volunteered their time and expertise to serve on the Board of The California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC).

CAADAC is the largest Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) counseling certification (CCBADC) organization in California. Since 1979, it has conferred certification upon thousands of counselors who have successfully treated clients struggling with the disease of addiction. CAADAC counselors are recognized for their professional training and education in the field of alcoholism and drug abuse and are considered experts in treatment and treatment management.

People volunteer for a variety of reasons, but for Jim Sellars, who currently serves as CCBADC Chair, working with CAADAC is an opportunity to be part of an organization that is committed to providing the highest quality care to the population we serve. He feels a deep sense of gratitude to serve an organization that has helped him become his personal and professional best. In recovery himself, Jim feels indebted to those who “took him under their wing” and encouraged him to get involved with CAADAC meetings and committees.

“We have dedicated, hard-working board members who volunteer their time to ensure that CAADAC is the best,” Jim says. “It’s that commitment that keeps me inspired to do what I can for an organization that has meant and done so much for me over the past 23 years. I guess you can say I’m ‘giving it back.'”

For Danielle Farnsworth, serving as a CAADAC Regional Board Member has given her an opportunity to work with an association that sets “the gold standard” in terms of its expectations of counselors, requiring a great deal of education, experience, time, and effort to earn the credential.

Serving with CAADAC has also resulted in tremendous personal growth: “Serving with peers from different parts of the state and in different modalities has really opened my eyes to the different aspects of this profession,” says Danielle. “I believe that serving with CAADAC has assisted me in my position at Sober Living by the Sea because I am able to assist my employees in the certification process, studying for the written exams and preparing to take their orals.”

There are so many wonderful reasons to get involved with organizations that advance the field of addiction medicine. Whatever the source of inspiration, whether personal, professional, or both, volunteering for a cause is admirable. To all of you who devote your time and expertise to serving the field, we honor your commitment.

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