Arielle Edwards (Lead Counselor, CADC, CAS): Arielle has worked at Clean & Sober Recovery Services for over five years and is now the Lead Counselor, which she considers a dream come true. “When I was in treatment at age 17, all I wanted to do was empower people to make the right decisions and develop a firm foundation for their recovery. I have an opportunity to do that here.”
To Arielle, CSRS feels like a home where people are welcomed and respected. Because the staff members are in recovery themselves, participants will find that their issues and concerns are not unique. “There isn’t much that we haven’t gone through ourselves,” Arielle notes. Arielle is proud of her work at CSRS, and she is also very proud of her canine and feline “family.” Mini dachshund Paris and kitty Alexandria entertain her, keep her company, and fill each day with peace and comfort.
Miranda McQueen (Support Specialist RADT-1): It’s rare for Native American women to get sober because families and generations struggle with the disease. And drugs and alcohol are killing Miranda’s entire family...her father, her brother, her sister, her cousins. Where did she find the strength to seek recovery? Miranda explains, “I hit rock bottom when I lost my mom and then decided to drink myself to death. But I realized that I needed to be there for my children, and I was dying right before their eyes.”
Today, Miranda is healthy and loves spending time with her five children and step-children, two grandbabies and two Yorkies. She found recovery at CSRS, and has been working here since mid-2015 while pursuing her Addictions Treatment Counselor certification.
Miranda draws strength from the residents at CSRS. And she gives them strength, as well. “This is what I want new residents to know when they walk through the door: Have hope, be open-minded and honest, and learn to love yourself again.”
Chef Shawn Luesing is now on deck at Clean & Sober Recovery Services. In his previous life, Shawn was manager of an auto parts store. What does store management have in common with cooking up a storm? “It’s all about helping people,” explains Shawn. “And helping people helps me. It’s a good place to be.” And it’s all about nourishing people as they rebuild body, mind and spirit. Chef Shawn, a BBQ wizard who enjoys firing up his giant smoker at home, now works his culinary magic at CSRS.
When he’s not at work, Shawn enjoys watching movies with his wife. He’s a big fan of movie director Christopher Nolan (think “Dunkirk ” and “Memento”), as well as musicals. Two furry felines complete Shawn's family.