Lindsay Devitt Leads the REAL Program at WSTC

Lindsay Devitt has been working here at WSTC in the Washington Listens program, supporting callers who suffer COVID-19-related emotional and mental issues. As that program ends, a new program is in the works, and Lindsay has accepted the lead position: Outreach Support/Care Manager of the Recovery, Empowerment, Advocacy, and Linkage (REAL) Program. Learning the Program…

Congratulations, Kelley Lovelace!

It’s time to celebrate! Kelley Lovelace has completed her supervision education and certification, which means she’s now legally able to supervise clinical staff! Not only that, but CEO Ken Wilson also offered her the position of Clinical Supervisor in Bremerton, and she accepted. “Over the past 3 1/2 years,” Ken said, “I have watched Kelley…

Meet the Navigator: Part Two

Employment Having a job is key to self-sufficiency as well as recovery. Rebecca says that participants who have trouble finding employment tend to leave the program. “The frustration over the lack of resources often keeps them from feeling like they’re going to succeed.” So Rebecca works hard to eliminate as many barriers to employment as…

Meet the Navigator: Part One

Drug Court participants who come to Rebecca Carr’s office will find she’s ready for them, with snacks and a hot drink maker, pamphlets, resources, and writing supplies. The Drug Court program has provided her with funding to help cover some of their other needs, as well. But the most important resource that Rebecca has for…

WSTC Celebrates the Success of Le’Roy Smith Jr.

Congratulations to Le’Roy Smith Jr.! He passed the NAADAC National Certified Addictions Counselor, Level I Exam, which will now allow him to apply for the certification for Substance Use Disorder Professional and drop the “Trainee” designation on his title. This marks a major milestone in his career! I asked Le’Roy about the challenges and opportunities…

What Purpose Do Collateral Consequences Serve?

Do you remember learning about consequences as a kid? A parent or teacher may have warned you about what might happen if you didn’t stop a behavior or action. Maybe you did stop and avoided the dire prediction. Maybe you didn’t, and the lesson about consequences got a lot more real. Punishing Bad Behavior Without…

Recovery and Employment Should Go Hand in Hand

According to research, most people in recovery want to work. Anecdotal evidence in the form of client testimony and experience backs this up, too. If there’s a choice between being employed or being unemployed, most people in recovery want to take the job. Employment is especially valuable for recovery. SAMHSA reports that having a job,…

Home Depot Donates to O’Hana House

We announced a while back that the Home Depot Foundation was donating some closet organizers and cabinets for our O’Hana House. And now they’ve arrived! This is a big deal for the women and children who live there. While we have made the bedrooms of this sober living home nice — including a number of…

Shared Values for the Recovery Community

In our last post, we discussed values and how they play a role in recovery. Now, in addition to assessing our personal values, National Recovery Month encourages us to consider the values of the recovery community (which of course should include all of us because recovery is for everyone). So, our community needs to go…

Values: Tools You Can Use for Recovery

Values are important recovery tools. They’re also important life qualities, for that matter, because values are the theories, beliefs or attitudes that act as guiding principles for our behaviors. The values we hold dear may also be what give us the strength, courage, and stamina to stay true to our recovery journey. Or, our values…