Our team is committed to helping individuals and families unlock their recovery. With over 250 years of combined experience in the field of addiction treatment, our team brings experience, expertise, and empathy to every encounter.
Our team is committed to helping individuals and families unlock their recovery. With over 250 years of combined experience in the field of addiction treatment, our team brings experience, expertise, and empathy to every encounter.
Charles Odell – CEO and President
MSW, Master Addiction Counselor (MAC), Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS)
“I believe that Dilworth Center’s treatment team is the most competent and talented group of people with whom I’ve ever worked. It is my privilege to be a part of it. Our patients and their families could not be in better hands.”
Charles has worked in the substance use disorder treatment field for over 30 years, specializing in
treatment for adults, young adults, adolescents and families. When you get to know the Dilworth Center, you soon realize the secret to the success of their patients is the personal experiences many staff members bring to their work. Charles recounts his own.
“I had a life changing experience when I attended treatment in 1982. I decided shortly thereafter that I wanted to work in a treatment program that offered similar experiences to others. My mission is to provide the best possible recovery opportunities to those seeking treatment for addiction. Of course, licenses and certifications always help. But, what is more important is to understand and to have experienced recovery itself either personally or through the lives of friends and family.”
“We believe the best treatment programs are environments in which recovery is supported and encouraged. It’s important to model recovery before you can teach it. If you visit the Dilworth Center, you will probably find me sharing my experience, strength and hope with a newcomer.”
Asked if there was hope he might offer to someone considering seeking treatment, “Everyone has the capacity to experience recovery and so do you. Don’t give up before the miracle happens.” “I believe that Dilworth Center’s treatment team is the most competent and talented group of people with whom I’ve ever worked. It is my privilege to be a part of it. Our patients and their families could not be in better hands.”
Tammy Hanson – Chief Operating Officer
MSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Master Addiction Counselor (MAC), Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS), & Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS)
“The biggest problem I see that keeps those suffering from addiction from getting help is fear of the unknown. I wish I could show every patient a look into “a crystal ball,” so they could see what their life could be without the weight and shroud of addiction.”
For over 18 years, Tammy has specialized in the treatment of young adults, adolescents, and families.
Now she serves in the role of Director of Clinical Services for Dilworth Center. “Day to day, you would probably catch me going from office to office, offering support and supervision to our staff.
I’m so humbled and proud to be working with the professionals here at Dilworth Center. So many of us have worked together for so long that we can almost finish each other’s sentences. The folks who are newer to the Dilworth Family fit like a glove and it feels as if they’ve been here forever, as well. If people only knew how much this team cares about them and is constantly working behind the scenes to help them be successful, it would blow their minds.” Beyond the years of training and certification that qualifies Tammy to serve in the field of chemical dependency, she admits that, “my licenses only provide a platform and qualification allowing me to hold the jobs I have held at the center; my real teachers have been all the patients I have treated over the years.”
The biggest problem Tammy sees that keeps those suffering from addiction from getting help is fear of the unknown. “I wish I could show every patient a look into “a crystal ball,” so they could see what their life could be without the weight and shroud of addiction. The advantage we offer is perspective. We’ve seen so many miracles happen here at Dilworth Center. We understand it seems impossible to see a brighter future in the beginning, but it’s there, it’s available to those who let us provide them the support and plan they need.”
Margaret Larrea – Director of Business Development
“There is a lack of understanding that alcoholism/drug addiction is a disease and people who are suffering are not bad people trying to get good—they are sick people trying to get well. They deserve to be treated with care, respect and dignity.”
Margaret is responsible for Dilworth Center’s community outreach activities, including enhancing the
accessibility of our treatment services for potential patients and their referral sources. She is the former Outreach Services Representative for Caron Treatment Centers and past Director of Graduate and Undergraduate admissions at Queens University. Ms. Larrea has worked in substance use disorder treatment for over 20 years. “My degree in Organizational Communication has helped me to be a better listener and work with all types of people within my organization as well as other professionals and individuals seeking assistance.”
My ”aha” moment came years ago when I was a fairly new employee at a local inpatient treatment center. I met with a professional from another facility, who came for a tour and wanted more information about our services. I answered her questions as best as I could, but when she left I felt like I had done a terrible job. The next day, the woman called me in tears and told me about her young daughter who was struggling with drug addiction. She said I was very helpful and made her feel so comfortable that she knew she could trust me to talk with her about her situation and possibly offer assistance to her and her daughter. As a result, her daughter was eventually admitted into our youth and young adult program. I knew then that I could make a difference.”
“Taking the first step and reaching out for help is difficult. However, recovery is possible and there are professionals who are ready to assist you every step of the way.”
Cynthia Sims – Director of Development and Marketing
“By reaching out for help I now am living my best life. Recovery continues to give me the gifts of joy, peace and gratitude. I want to help extend this gift to others who have lost their way.”
Cynthia started in 2016 and has been with the Dilworth Center for 3 years. She is responsible for Dilworth Center’s fundraising efforts and activities. She also oversees the building and stewarding
of our donor relationships along with Dilworth marketing efforts.
I love what I do because at its foundation, it is all about developing authentic relationships with those who have an affinity for our mission.” You’ll most likely find Cynthia at a local coffee shop, talking with her “tribe”- donors, referents or friends in AA engaged in robust conversations around gratitude, recovery and how to best help those still struggling.” There is no shortage of inspiration at Dilworth Center. For Cynthia, “Nothing is more inspiring than someone sharing their experience, strength and hope to selflessly help a person still struggling with addiction. When you step out of fear and authentically share your struggles, that vulnerability becomes the slender reed someone struggling can hold onto. It is a beautiful thing to witness and experience.”
“At Dilworth, we begin our work each day with our hearts.” Offers Cynthia, ‘Most of us who work here are in recovery – we’ve been in that dark place and experienced the fear, dread and self-hatred that goes hand in hand with addiction. We’ve reached the sunlight and are driven by that experience to turn around and help those still living in the darkness.”
Angie Leckie – Director of Finance
“Working at Dilworth Center provides me the opportunity to use my talent for a purpose and mission much larger than myself.”
Angie started in 2005 and has been with the Dilworth Center for 14 years. She has worked in the accounting and finance field for over 25 years. Angie oversees the day to day financial operations, and
as a member of the executive leadership team, helps with the strategic initiatives of Dilworth Center.
“Working for a non-profit organization was such a pleasant change from the profitdriven environment I was used to. My co-workers at Dilworth Center are motivated by helping people and transforming lives, not by making a quick buck. My role is in safeguarding our fiscal health so we can continue to serve our community for another 30 years.”
Angie’s experience working for a “big six” accounting firm provided a firm foundation for her career. “Working at Dilworth Center provides me the opportunity to use my talent for a purpose and mission much larger than myself. This sense of purpose makes it easy to come to work each day.”
Dr. Christopher E. Lord – Medical Director
MD, Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
“The biggest problem I see that keeps those suffering from addiction from getting help is that they succumb to their distorted beliefs regarding the perceived futility of seeking help. Regardless, they should try anyway.”
For over 12 years, Dr. Lord has served Dilworth Center as Medical Director. Dr. Lord is Diplomate of the
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with added certification in the sub-specialties of addiction and forensic psychiatry. He is responsible for the Dilworth Center’s medical supervision. Dr. Lord is also provides psychiatric assessments for Dilworth Center patients when indicated. In classic Dr. Lord perspective, he comments on his many accreditations , “When accompanied by competent clinical instruction and oversight, [all of my] licensure and certifications provide potentially helpful frameworks to engage clinical problemsolving; but as I like to say, patients make the best teachers.”
Considering some important advice once given to him, Dr. Lord offers “Specialize in something, or you will likely have a dull, ordinary career; and then something about eating yellow snow.”
Biggest “aha moment, Dr. Lord? “ yes, when I ate the yellow snow.”
Kelly Little – Clinical Supervisor
MSW, Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS), Certified Clinical Supervisor Intern (CCS-I)
“I do this work because I love people. I am honored every day that my patients and their families trust me to be a part of their recovery journey.”
Kelly has worked in substance use disorder treatment since 2011, specializing in the treatment of adolescents. Her educational experience has, in Kelly’s words, ”provided an extra layer of confidence
for myself and the people I serve, indicating that I have a high level of education about addiction and that I have dedicated a significant amount of time to learning my craft.”
Surprisingly, when asked where you might find her working at Dilworth Center, Kelly commented, “In truth, I’d likely be sitting and watching a self-sufficient group of adolescents run with little intervention from me. I love most everything I do, but the most rewarding, profound, and productive moments are when I realize that a group of young, recovering addicts have learned enough from me and the rest of the staff at Dilworth Center that they can run a group session by themselves.” But don’t think Kelly is hands off, ”I am very intentional with my work. I go above and beyond to coordinate care for my patients and their families. My straight-forward approach may not always feel comfortable or fun, but I am always up front and honest with my patients and I will be their biggest cheerleaders and support system if they allow me!”
“One of the cool things about working at the center is that we are all continuing to work on ourselves! Whether through a 12-step program or in our own therapy, we acknowledge that we need to be practicing what we teach to our patients.”
Cori N. Trotman Sr. – Lead Counselor
BA, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC), Advanced Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist (ACRPS)
“I have enjoyed helping people for over 35 years in the field of human services and I believe that there is nothing more important in this world than helping mankind.”
Cori started in 1999 and has been with the Dilworth Center for 20 years. He is responsible for adult and adolescent patient caseloads, patient education and group therapy facilitation. He has worked
in chemical dependency treatment for over 35 years, specializing in the treatment of adults, young adults, adolescents and families.
I feel it is my personal duty in life, to be of service to others whenever and however I can. My mission is to provide hope for the hopeless. To provide hope for the people God has allowed me the privilege to be in their lives. I want to contribute to mankind, make an impact on my community, and leave this world in a better place.” The staff and patients of Dilworth Center have been fortunate to have someone like Cori, with 35 years of experience, working to serve on their behalf. “Being able to witness the miracles that I see on a daily basis, it is amazing how lives are transformed from the “birth of hopefulness”.
I have been able to see individuals overcome obstacles put before them. It is through hope and determination that obstacles are removed from their path of personal recovery. Cori has no intentions of slowing down. He’s passionate about the mission to help others. “I will continue to work with our patients until their needs are met. I will not be judgmental. I will always offer hope and compassion to ensure our patients have received the best services. They certainly deserve that.” “I have enjoyed helping people for over 35 years in the field of human services and I believe that there is nothing more important in this world than helping mankind.”
Abier Thornton – Lead Counselor
M.Ed., Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS)
“Nothing is more inspiring to me than when former patients reach out to me to show me their Chips and to update me on how their lives improved since being in recovery.”
Starting in 1999, Abier has been with the Dilworth Center for over 20 years. She is is responsible for the Dilworth Kids program for children, adult family and patient caseloads, patient education and group
facilitation. She has worked in substance use disorder treatment since 1998, specializing in working with adults, families and young children.
“It’s always been a passion of mine to help others suffering from the disease of addiction. Gaining my licensure in the field of addiction and recovery has helped me expand my knowledge & experiences and enables our patients to feel confident in my abilities.”
One of Abiers most impactful lessons came early on from one of her patients. “My “aha” moment came when I was an intern at Dilworth Center. When I was running a group session where I had a planned group topic. When the group ended, a patient said he needed to share something. He almost didn’t get to share because the group had ended and this was to be his last session. Witnessing this patient almost lose the opportunity to share helped me recognize the power of group therapy is in patients sharing; not simply for patients to follow my planned agenda.” Abier is on mission to “inform and educate patients about this disease so that they can make effective choices in their lives rather then relying on substances. I tend to hold patients accountable because my number one goal is helping and changing their lives.”
Jordan Tadlock – Counselor
MA, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
“I want my work to make an impact. Our pain can feel so isolating but the only way out is through. I make a point to try to connect with others and validate their process.”
Jordan is responsible for adult and adolescent assessments, adolescent patient and family caseloads, patient and family education and group therapy facilitation. She has worked in chemical
dependency treatment since 2011, specializing in the treatment of families. You’ll find her facilitating initial appointments with family members, where she explains the disease of addiction and helps them understand their own negative coping strategies.
“I have my masters in marriage and family therapy. The lens I use is systemic, and I often assess individuals and their needs by considering who surrounds them. I also enjoy particularly working with couples and/or parents throughout the recovery process.” When asked what she sees as the biggest hinderance people face when seeking help she offers, “The biggest problem I see that keeps those suffering from addiction from getting help is their resistance to surrender. That’s the most critical step in the process.” Jordan is dedicated to helping you find the answers that work for your family. “ I may not always tell you what you want to hear, but I will always be honest and empathetic.“
Todd McLean – Counselor
AA, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC)
“Recovery is real and it works. And yes, you can have fun! Lots of it! I did not get clean and sober to be pissed off and miserable.”
Todd has worked in substance use disorder treatment since 2008, specializing in the treatment of adults and families. You’ll find Todd providing educational lectures that give him the opportunity to facilitate.
“One of my favorites is the Denial Lecture that I co-facilitate with Counselor Cori Trotman. It is a very powerful lecture that is also very interactive with the patients and family members, and it is also typically very emotionally charged for people. Cori and I try to make it fun, too.” Todd also enjoys doing group work and one-on-one sessions with people. “Currently, Counselor Jennifer Kline and I are working together to co-facilitate a men’s IOP and Continuing Care group, and I feel like we have a good chemistry and complement each other well during our group sessions.”
It is Todd’s personal journey that informs his passion for his patients. “I remember when I was about one month sober and I was talking with my AA sponsor. I mentioned to my sponsor that I might like to become a substance abuse counselor, and his response was, “Why don’t we just focus on staying sober for now and we’ll see what God wants you to be?” I don’t think I really thought about counseling again after that for a very long time. But as I stayed sober doors started to open for me. I’m still pretty amazed at how things fell into place. So, I do what I do because I believe that it is something that I was called to do. I am very blessed, because I truly love my job and what I have the opportunity to do, where I work at, and who I work with. My mission is to be the best substance abuse counselor that I can be and to provide my patients with the best treatment experience possible to enable them to have a successful recovery.” If Todd could offer any encouragement to potential patients at Dilworth Center he’d say,
“That recovery is real and that it works. And yes, you can have fun! Lots of it! I did not get clean and sober to be pissed off and miserable, I got clean and sober to be happy, joyous, and free, and I can promise you that if I wasn’t that I wouldn’t still be clean and sober today after 12 years of sobriety!”
Gail Courtright- Counselor
MS, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor(LCMHC), Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS)
“Nothing is more inspiring to me than seeing someone set a goal, work hard and achieve it.”
Gail has worked in the field of substance use disorder treatment and mental health since 2004. Her inspiration to pursue a career in addiction treatment and recovery came early in her educational experience. “As an undergraduate intern working in a mental health unit, I was struck by how
many individuals also struggled with substance use issues that were going unaddressed. So, I pursued a Master’s Degree with a specialty in addiction. Now, as a dually licensed professional (LPC & LCAS), I have a strong foundation in general counseling, both mental health issues and addiction issues.”
Asked about some of the best advice she’s ever received, Gail answers, ”Set boundaries and put yourself first. You can’t pour from an empty cup.” You’ll find Gail facilitating group therapy at the Dilworth Center. “It is the most productive and interesting thing that I do at Dilworth.”
Jennifer Kline – Counselor
MA, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHCA), Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist Associate (LCASA), National Certified Counselor (NCC)
“I am someone who strives to be authentic in every moment, and I am not afraid to compassionately challenge in-authenticity as it appears.”
Jennifer Kline started at Dilworth Center in 2018 and is responsible for adult and adolescent assessments, adolescent patient caseloads, patient and family education and group therapy facilitation.
“My mission as a mental health and addictions counselor is to use my knowledge and experience to not only help decrease the pain that addiction can cause to both family members and patients, but to also offer hope that finding peace and serenity is possible. “
Jennifer thrives at Dilworth Center while having “existential therapeutic conversations”. She excels at “surrounding the addictive cycle” in group or individual session with patients or family members. “My specific training, certification, and licensure allow me to assess and reassess individual’s needs and choose the intervention that best fits that need. My goal as a counselor is to assist those in increasing their awareness and insight and empower them to use that awareness to make realistic changes. “ Asked what advice she would give to someone seeking treatment, Jennifer offered, “I would say you’re not alone in your pain and suffering. As best as you can, do not allow your shame to take power over you; you have the ability to take one step forward in asking for help. You do not have to know the answers or the right path. There is no pressure; we are here to guide you without any expectations. “
Diane Frederick – Counselor
BS, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC)
“My work at Dilworth Center is extremely rewarding and I deeply value the opportunity to help families and patients, as they begin their lives in recovery.”
During her 18 year career at Dilworth Center, Diane has served hundreds of family members understand the disease of addiction, how to set loving boundaries, and how Al-Anon can support them in their recovery journey. Diane admits that her “Aha” moment came early
in her career, when she realized people can and do recover. You will often see Diane working in the family group and learning from all members of the group.
Nothing is more inspiring to Diane than seeing people recover and she particularly loves staying educated in the field of addiction and recovery. When asked what she sees as the biggest hindrance people face when seeking help she offers, “The biggest problem I see that keeps those suffering from addiction from getting help is lack of resources. Luckily, as a non-profit Dilworth Center has the ability to help those in need through scholarships.”
Michael Hatley – Counselor
MA, Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS)
The best advice I have received was cloaked in the form a personal wish from a mentor. He said, “My wish for you is that one day you will honor and bless the path you have taken.”
My mission as a therapist is to provide a safe and trusting environment in which individuals can safely explore their current life situations, identify problem areas, develop
new life and coping skills, and make informed decisions for building healthier futures. Clients struggling with advanced substance use disorders increasingly lose control of their abilities to address these areas. Over the last decade, I have watched as former clients have applied the skills and experiences gained in substance abuse treatment to other areas of their lives with great success. Frequently, I am approached by people who have asked why I choose to work in this field. The answer is both simple and selfish. Working in substance abuse treatment offers the opportunity to fully and authentically engage with some of the most intelligent, creative, resilient, and deeply thinking and feeling individuals that one could hope to meet. That privilege is mine on a daily basis.
Laura Wesson – Counselor
MA, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHCA), Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS), National Certified Counselor (NCC)
“There is nothing braver in my book than being willing to really get to know the most important person in your life… YOU!”
Since 2017, Laura has worked in substance use disorder treatment, specializing in the treatment of families. At Dilworth, you’ll find Laura sitting in a group of patients or family members having real
conversations about things that are scary, frustrating, and that others don’t understand. Laura adds, “You’ll see me encouraging people to do something different this week and suggesting they give themselves grace when they don’t do things perfectly. You’ll see me encouraging people to reach out to others to create new relationships.”
“I believe that we are designed to live life, even the hard days, in community with other people. Addiction is considered a family disease because everyone in the family is impacted. My mission is to offer assistance to the patient and family members in the difficult but rewarding process of recovery which is about so much more than just not using. It is about new ways of thinking and acting for everyone, which is scary! My mission is for others to know that they are not alone as they learn and grow.”
“Nothing is more inspiring to me than seeing someone who has not given up when they are struggling. Seeing that person being willing to wrestle with themselves, wrestle with their fear, and continuing to learn and try new things so that they have the opportunity to be a healthier version of themselves.”
Dakeita Staton – Treatment Facilitator
BA, Pursuing a Masters in Clinical Mental Health
“The best advice I’ve ever received was that being brave is not the absence of fear but rather the strength of moving forward despite the fear.”
For over 2 years now, Dakeita has assisted the Director of Clinical Services with in matters related to Dilworth Center treatment programs. She also assists with patient caseloads and group
therapy facilitation. Working in the field of addiction treatment and recovery wasn’t always the plan for Dakeita. “Growing up, I didn’t dream of becoming a substance abuse counselor. It was never part of the story I wrote for myself. It took some time for me to get here, but one day I decided to take a detour from the story I was writing in search of a different ending. I truly learned the meaning of “lean not on your own understanding…” and my life has not been the same since.” Dakeita’s optimistic and non judgmental attitude buoys everyone she comes into contact with. “Every day that you wake up is an opportunity to do something different. When life knocks you down you owe it to yourself to keep getting up.”
Justine Gleason – Laboratory Scientist
“My aha moment came when I saw how many alumni Dilworth Center has and how the work they do here actually is impacting a lot of lives for the positive.”
Justine started in 2014 and has been with the Dilworth Center for 5 years. She is responsible for on-site laboratory management. Justine is also responsible for operating Dilworth Center’s internal
high-complexity, clinical chemistry analyzer. You’ll find Justine inputting results and checking Dilworth Center’s analyzer. “I’m definitely more of a numbers person.” says Justine, “I am passionate about science and I love my job. My scientific training and experience allow me to give accurate results that help our counselors provide the customized care each patient needs.”
Christina “Tina” Melber – Manager of Administrative Operations
“Nothing is more inspiring to me than a person who puts aside their ego and asks for help. My heart melts.”
Serving as assistant to the CEO, Tina has worked in substance use disorder treatment at Dilworth Center for over 28 years.
“I love doing what I do- the feeling of what I do matters in the world – if only for that person. To assist alcoholics, addicts and their families – either by scheduling an appointment with us or making an appropriate referral – my goal is to help get them where they need to be – whether it is with us or not.”
Her older brother Steve provided some great advice to her as she headed off to college that has served her and those she comes into contact with well over the years, “You have to look out for yourself – no one is going to do that but you” So applying that to asking for help with addiction – people all around the individual can see it and want it for them but it isn’t until the person takes the first step towards recovery that it can begin.”
When you meet Tina, it’s apparent she’s right where she was meant to be. “While driving to an interview in Florida, thinking about my future and the possibility of moving, I decided to ask for clarity. It so happened to be while I was crossing a body of water. I received an immediate sense of calm and direction, “everything will be ok, just do the next right thing”. I made a mental note to check the name of the river upon my return trip. it was called Peace River.” Having been with Dilworth Center for over 28 years, Tina provides a unique perspective. “I have told higher ups if we ever get to a place where I have to limit my phone time or if I can’t help someone and need to “cut it short”, I don’t want to work here anymore. I get a high off of assisting a person get the help they need. I can say without hesitancy – Dilworth Center’s mission has stayed the same from DAY ONE – to help patients and their family members recover from the disease of addiction and for that I am grateful.”
Amy Catchpole – Clinical Case Coordinator
“Nothing is more inspiring to me than being a witness to someone’s journey to finding genuine happiness in sobriety.”
Amy has been with Dilworth Center for over 6 years. You’ll find her on the phone with someone brave enough to make that first call. “The biggest problem I see that keeps those suffering from addiction from
getting help is them just not knowing that there is a way out. My experience helps me serve people. I am uniquely qualified to assist alcoholics and addicts, because of my own personal experience and my sobriety journey.” Amy is an example of Dilworth Center’s unique staff of individuals who have walked their talk. When you speak to Amy, you know you’re speaking with someone who understands what you’re going through. “Just pick up the phone and make the call –
admitting you don’t have all the answers is the first step.” I’ve been there, I’ve had to make that call before, and I appreciate how hard it is.”
“I love what I do and it helps me stay sober. My mission is to be kind and helpful to those seeking help with addiction and get them pointed in the right direction, whether it’s with us or somewhere else.”
Marsha C. Green – Clinical Case Coordinator
“I’ve quickly realized that addiction is not a moral issue, it is truly a disorder. This disorder does not choose who it effects, rich, poor, or color. I knew at that moment this is where I’m supposed to and be doing with my life. Helping others in their journey. I have never looked back or regretted that decision.”
Marsha has been working in the field of chemical dependency since 2000. She is responsible for patient
admissions, case management, intake coordination, community referrals, and administrative operations. “I truly believe that my career is a “calling, not a job.” God says all I have to do is be willing and he will handle the rest. That has been my belief since my first day and thus far I have had a very rewarding, blessed and exciting ride.” You’ll find Marsha on the phone talking to someone about Dilworth Center’s IOP program. She’ll be completing an intake and scheduling patients for an appointment to come in and meet with an assessor. “During the evening hours”, Marsha adds, “I will be in the Relapse Prevention group encouraging them to share their successes and struggles of the week.” Asked what words of encouragement she might offer someone considering
reaching out for help, Marsha says “Be kind to yourself and work on you for a change. You don’t have to really like the idea of treatment but it’s necessary to begin a new chapter in your life. We are here to walk with you on your journey.”
Corinne Freer – Patient Accounts Representative
“My mission is to help as many people as I can, by not letting money stand in the way of treatment.”
Corinne has been with the Dilworth Center for 6 years. She is responsible for medical records management and quality assurance coordination. Working with patients and family members
to establish the financial plans necessary for treatment, Corinne has a unique perspective from the beginning of a patients therapeutic journey.
“Nothing is more inspiring to me than seeing those patients ,who have struggled the most, complete the program.” You’ll find Corinne talking with patients or family members about treatment service payments and informing them on how Dilworth Center will be the best money they ever spent. “I always try to be compassionate and fair,” says Corinne. “I do feel like we really help people, and I feel like we make a difference, therefore even the little things I do make a difference. My mission is to get as many people into treatment here as I can, not letting money stand in their way.”
Jake Allen – Data & Information Manager
“Nothing is more inspiring to me than perseverance in the face of crushing adversity. I’m a sucker for the humble underdog.”
You’ll find Jake compiling and managing DC’s treatment data allowing Dilworth Center to be more effective in the drug addiction services it provides. “I do what I do because I am passionate
about technology and recovery. It’s really amazing I have a career where two of my biggest passions collide!” I’m on mission to provide technical support to the amazing clinical team here serving the Dilworth Center patients.” “Freedom is possible, fast. Freedom doesn’t mean darting your eyes away every time a beer commercial comes on T.V. or not participating in a loved ones wedding. Freedom means the problem is removed. My favorite promises of the steps are the 1tenth step promises which say ,
” And we have ceased fighting anything or anyone – even alcohol. For by this time sanity will have returned. We will seldom be interested in liquor. If tempted, we recoil from it as from a hot flame. We react sanely and normally, and we will find that this has happened automatically. We will see that our new attitude toward liquor has been given us without any thought or effort on our part. It just comes! That is the miracle of it. We are not fighting it, neither are we avoiding temptation. We feel as though we have been placed in a position of neutrality – safe and protected. We have not even sworn off. Instead, the problem has been removed. It does not exist for us. We are neither cocky nor are we afraid. That is our experience. That is how we react so long as we keep in fit spiritual condition. “ Big Book Page 84
Peter Hirsch – Research Coordinator / Counselor
BS, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC-I), NC Peer Certified Peer Support Specialist (NCCPS)
“Nothing is more inspiring to me than to know I’ve connected with someone on the deepest, most meaningful level and can make a diﬀerence.”
Years of experience in a wide variety of ﬁelds have led Peter to Dilworth Center. “My mission is really to leverage all of my life experiences, the personal evolutions I’ve gone through – including recovery – and the diversity of human relationships I’ve experienced to help people change their lives and be free of substance use disorders.”
“The biggest problem I see that keeps those suﬀering from addiction from getting help is the weight of their shame, resulting in denial.” Peter brings more than his literal education to each of the patients he encounters. His personal journey informs his perspective and allows him to truly connect with those suﬀering from addiction.
“Nothing is more inspiring to me than to know I’ve connected with someone on the deepest, most meaningful level and can make a diﬀerence. For me, my aha moment came when I was able to let go of my own shame and knew I could ﬁnd peace and contentment as a natural state.”
You’ll ﬁnd Peter performing one-on-one assessments and building treatment plans, earning the trust of patients, and understanding the most intimate aspects of their lives; helping them ﬁnd their own way to change.
“I oﬀer my humility and non-judgmental empathy. Having been in their shoes – I seek to provide my openness and guidance to helping them ﬁnd their own, new growth and wellbeing.”