RIVERVIEW, Fla., March 29, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — River Oaks Treatment Center, a leading provider of addiction treatment services, has promoted Mattie Velasco to the position of Client Care Coordinator at the facility . As someone in long-term recovery, Velasco plans to draw inspiration from her own journey to help patients maximize their treatment experience.
Initially, Velasco joined the River Oaks team working closely with patients as a treatment advocate. After a short time in the role, inspired by her own passion for helping people struggling with addiction, she began to expand her responsibilities and implement ideas that strengthened camaraderie and bonding between patients – like they themselves expressed it. According to Velasco, community support is one of the main factors in long-term recovery.
In a short time Velasco has worked with patients, she has implemented a number of initiatives including an alumni group to address patients’ desire to maintain their relationship with other patients and speakers bimonthly to share their recovery story with patients. Using her position and familiarity with the local recovery community, she also assists patients leaving treatment by reaching out to potential sponsors to help sustain their recovery.
“I live the gift of recovery every day, and it’s truly a blessing to be able to help our patients lay the foundation for their recovery while they’re here,” Velasco said. “Staying in recovery and helping others are my two main goals, and the encouragement I receive from patients, clinical staff and management really motivates me every day. I am grateful to CEO Jeff Turiczek for allowing me to improve River Oaks in this way.
Helping drug addicts experience full recovery is a huge passion for Velasco, as is working with victims of exploitation and human trafficking. She is an active member of the local recovery community, is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in health care administration at St. Petersburg College, where she received the Gold Scholar Award from the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and is training to become a peer support specialist after the transition from Specialized legislation by Senator Darryl Rouson’s peers.
“We are very lucky to have Mattie on our team, her dedication and dedication to our patients is palpable,” Turiczek said. “She really has patients’ interests at heart every day, and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.”
About River Oaks Treatment Center
The River Oaks Treatment Center treats patients struggling with drug addiction, alcoholism, and co-occurring mental health/behavioral issues. For more information, find us on RiverOaksTreatment.com or call 866-244-1070 for assistance. We also offer several online resources for the public. To visit americanaaddictioncenters.org/online-resources to learn more.
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