Executive Director & Founder
Growing up in Charlotte, North Carolina, I spent most of my childhood and early-teen playing baseball and lacrosse in nearby parks and gyms. At 13 years old, I began to experiment with alcohol and drugs. Experimentation progressed to recreational use, which became regular use, heavy use, abuse, and finally dependency. Drugs, more or less, became my life; everything else fell away. I entered my first rehab when I was 19 years old. During the following 6 years, I was all over the country entering, being carried, and even crawling into treatment. At the end, there was a total of 25 treatment experiences.
My third overdose occurred when I was 22. Choking on my vomit, my heart stopped off and on for 45 minutes. I was revived, yet entered into a long-term coma. No one thought I would survive, let alone walk or talk again. I wish I could say my near-death experience at 22 was my wake-up call, but it was not. I suffered several more close calls in the years to come. By 25, I was beat up, nearly brain dead, and had very little life force within me left. Addiction had taken everything from me, including my life several times. I entered my last rehab at 25 years old.
Now having worked in the addiction industry for 4 years, I continue to look for answers. More importantly, I want to help others in their own paths of recovering and healing. Choices is my passion and my truth. By incorporating modalities that I have been introduced to in my life, my team and I have created a program that offers the path to true healing. My knowledge comes from first-hand experience and wisdom past down from others.
I will be the first one to admit that sobriety depends on an individual’s intention and commitment, but Choices will provide the guidance, resources, and support to facilitate a path to recovery. Recovery varies from person to person—no one size that fits all. My belief and experience has shown me that when given choices in how to recover, an individual is much more inclined to heal and choose sobriety. The time has come for professionals, mentors, and facilitators to stop asking the individual to meet us where we are. Rather it is time to meet the individual where they are.