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An Interview with Jonathan Appelhans, Life Coach at Promises

Jonathan Appelhans helps recovering addicts become more effective in how they manage their daily lives – how they plan and structure their days, how they meet their obligations to their own physical, emotional and spiritual needs. But he also walks through these things with the client, and they discuss how these things work into the …

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An Interview with Betsy Spier, Executive Director at Promises West L.A.

Working at Promises is like “coming home” for Betsy Spier. She first stepped foot on Promises’ driveway in 1993 as a marriage and family therapy intern, where she met founder Richard Rogg and instantly had an “amazing feeling about the place.” In the past 20 years, she has worked in a variety of treatment settings, …

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An Interview with Ross Donahue, Residential Manager

Relapse is a common part of the disease of addiction, but it is not inevitable. “You don’t have to cycle in and out of treatment before getting well,” advises Ross Donahue, the residential manager at Promises West L.A., who went through treatment five years ago and “got it” the first time. “If you give your …

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An Interview with Chester Williams, Court Liaison – Transportation Coordinator

When individuals come to Promises Treatment Centers, Chester Williams’ reassuring face is one of the first of many reminders that they’ve made the right choice. With more than 25 years sober and a compassionate approach tempered with real-world experience, Chester has a way of setting people at ease from the start. As Transportation Coordinator, Chester …

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An Interview with Keith Arnold, Vice President of Operations at Elements Behavioral Health

Keith Arnold’s passion is bringing out the best in both people and companies. He has worked with many different organizations in a range of fields, having started his career in management consulting. Working in the addiction treatment field for the past 16 years has been the most rewarding time of his career. “I really enjoy …

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An Interview with Patricia Womack: Residential Counselor at Promises West Los Angeles

With 23 years in recovery, Patricia (Pat) Womack has a unique way of connecting with her clients. “I’ve been to hell and back,” she said, “so while I may not know exactly how a client is feeling, I can tell them that I’ve been there and that I understand. It’s not just something I read …

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An Interview with Chris Weber, Outpatient Counselor at Promises Treatment Centers

Before Chris Weber was an outpatient counselor at Promises Treatment Centers, he was a professional recording and touring musician, performing on stage in front of thousands of people. Chris was also using drugs and alcohol, which led to several attempts to become sober and an intervention by his friends and family. After entering treatment at …

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An Interview with Sheila Balkan: Criminologist and Court Consultant

Addiction often leads people to become involved with the court system—through a DUI, forging prescriptions, or other situations that stem from the desperation that can surround drug and alcohol addiction. It can be incredibly difficult to face the many adverse elements of addiction when you are not only accountable to yourself and your family, but …

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An Interview with Kimberly Mitchell: Residential Manager at Promises

“This is the first time in my life that I actually enjoy going to work every day,” said Kimberly Mitchell, Residential Manager of Promises in West Los Angeles. “I get to move around and help people, and every day I’m inspired by the staff and the clients,” she added. Nearly four years ago, Kimberly was …

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An Interview with Richard Rogg, Founder of Promises Treatment Centers

Prior to opening Promises Treatment Centers in 1989, Richard Rogg worked in real estate. When he realized that his heart was in the addiction field, he made the switch. “I was very passionate about Alcoholics Anonymous and the 12 steps, and I had a vision of providing the best treatment and environment for people recovering …

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