Entering a treatment center for the first time could cause an individual that is unfamiliar with the territory to feel uneasy, not knowing what to expect. When starting something new that an individual is not prepared for, or does not have experience with, may lead to feelings of reluctance. This is completely understandable and rather common.
Thankfully, Destiny Recovery Center (DRC) offers a unique atmosphere. We provide a home-like setting, with a small client population served at a time, allowing the staff to focus on each client and their needs. This supports strong connections not only among clients but between staff and clients. Even more distinctive, DRC has an executive director on-site daily, which supports a smooth program with strong communication between clients and staff.
Executive Director’s Role in a Treatment Center
The responsibilities of an executive director of a business or a company include making sure the business runs smoothly. Most often, however, they are not consistently present or in charge of multiple locations of the same business. This results in clients not having access to the executive director or sometimes not even knowing who they are.
The executive director’s responsibilities within the treatment center include the following:
- Ensuring that the laws are being followed
- Managing the treatment center’s budget
- Creating and implementing policies for staff and clients
An executive director also addresses issues and creates solutions for anything that may arise. Executive directors are also responsible for ensuring the program has positive results on their clients’ recovery outcomes. They ensure the programs they offer assist clients in getting and staying sober.
Finding Quality Treatment
When trying to decide on a treatment center, there are many options to consider. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers a tool called findtreatment.gov, which suggests questions to ask, what to look for in quality care, types of treatment, and more. When looking for quality treatment, individuals should look for the following:
- A licensed and accredited facility
- Evidence-based practices
- The incorporation of family members in treatment
- Support beyond substance abuse
Impact of Having an Executive Director On-Site
What is the difference between an executive director being on site daily or only performing duties from various locations? It makes quite the difference. When the executive director is on-site, their accessibility changes drastically. Clients get to know them and are able to voice their requests or concerns directly to the person who is able to implement changes.
SAMHSA lists four major dimensions of recovery: health, home, purpose, and community. Having the executive director on-site at DRC allows them to have direct access to clients and ensure they are having their needs met in each of these areas.
On-site executive directors are able to ensure that any diagnosis of the client’s physical and mental health is being treated. They are able to secure and be confident in clients’ housing placement after they leave DRC’s inpatient program. Rather than reading a checklist of things to be considered regarding the client’s individual situation, they are able to meet the client face to face and have in-person discussions with the client about the individual’s details.
They can observe clients and then create appropriate interventions for the client’s purpose (what the client is trying to do independently). They can meet with them to set aftercare goals and help them to attain these benchmarks. They will also be able to provide more accurate resources for them when they leave inpatient care and support them in their connections to their own community.
Destiny Recovery Center’s Executive Director
DRC is honored to have such knowledgeable and compassionate staff who make clients feel at home and treat them like family. Stephanie Hakim has been an asset to DRC since day one. She not only has a background in behavioral health and recovery, but she also has experience in working with many treatment centers to ensure their compliance. This not only allows her to support DRC’s programs and functioning but each individual client and ensure they have the best possible experience in treatment with her.
Recovery is a section of healthcare that needs to be treated on a case-by-case basis. What works for one client will not work for another. Stephanie Hakim emphasizes this when discussing DRC’s treatment program. Her approach to creating a treatment program based on the needs of each client is part of what makes her stand out among other executive directors.
Stephanie is a model of demonstrating the ability to show compassion and understanding. She creates a solid and professional individualized program for each of DRC’s clients. Clients are able to be honest and share with her what they need within their care. Clients feel comfortable enough to share how they believe she may assist them in their recovery.
Having the opportunity to collaborate together ensures the most successful program outcome. With Stephanie’s education and background experience across the fields of recovery and behavioral health, she is able to support clients with their interests and needs.
If you or a loved one are struggling with substance use disorder (SUD) and are reluctant to reach out for services, Destiny Recovery Center could be the solution for you. Offering an executive director on-site, who is hands-on with the day-to-day running of the program, clients can be sure to trust the process and receive reassurance from someone who is accessible and understanding. Having a compassionate executive director, who is involved in ensuring the needs of each client are met, may relieve any reservations you may have about treatment. If you think Destiny Recovery Center could be the answer, reach out today at (909) 413-4304 to speak to our amazing staff.