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Zack talk's - 1st Episode
When Should You Ask For Help? When Should You Offer Help? Fun is necessary in recovery. Drugs to help you cope with grief? After numerous attempts to get clean and sober at various treatment facilities and programs that began during his high school years, Zack finally found success while running sober living homes in 2014 while simultaneously pursuing a Bachelors degree in Addiction Studies at Pepperdine University. His light, positive, high energy personality lends itself to the camaraderie experienced at Westwind, and his passion for creating an atmosphere of community and – more importantly – family through fun, social, sober events fosters a sense of “all-inclusiveness” amongst our clientele. This buoyant charm enables Zack to not only serve as the chair for the AALA Roundup, an LGBTQ nonprofit that serves to bolster communities through Crisis Intervention, Mental Health leniencies, as well as Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse awareness, prevention and treatment while continuing his addiction studies in clinical psychology at Antioch University. Zack’s indomitable will and dogged determination are infectious, and he instills this spirit in every client he encounters while tempering it with a passion and zest for life that propels everyone toward a greatness he feels is the birthright of every broken man and woman who walks through our doors. “You can’t fake sincerity”, Zack says. “Our clients know right away who is all about saving their lives and who isn’t. That’s why our team works, and why our program is one of the best that I know of; because we care about what we do and who we do it for.”
Jessica Steinman - LMFT, CSATClinical Director Outpatient Center
Jessica is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master’s Degree from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena California, as well as a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT). She has been a long-time follower of renowned therapist, Dr. Patrick Carnes, who founded the Certified Sex Addiction Therapist certification through his organization The Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP). Jessica Steinman has been working in treatment and in Private Practice since May 2014 with a passion for treating sex and love addiction. She believes that many people who struggle with substance use disorders or other addictions may have Sex and Love Addiction as a primary or co-occurring disorder. She believes they may end up using substances to escape their relationship and sexual compulsions. This is another reason it is vital to educate and work with people with sex and love addiction since it is a common cross addiction once someone becomes sober from substance abuse. In addition to specializing in Sex and Love Addiction and Codependence, Jessica received exceptional post-graduate training at The Maple Counseling Center, a prominent low fee counseling center in Beverly Hills where she worked psychodynamically with individual adults as well as couples. Her work as a Supervisor and Research Associate for Teen Line (a program that provides crisis intervention and prevention, peer counseling, and referrals for young people) at The Center for the Study of Young People at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center makes Jessica uniquely qualified to administer care to a broad spectrum of adults; both the young and the young-at-heart. Jessica Steinman’s incredible journey has led her through careers in Entertainment, Hospitality, Public Relations and Marketing and now to Mental Health and Recovery. Westwind Recovery® is very proud to have someone with such an eclectic, seasoned background running the show. Her diverse skill set and her ability to connect with people in a way that is not patronizing or insincere, is what sets her apart as a leader and is what makes Westwind proud to have her.
Dr. Deena Manion - PsyD, LCSW Clinical Officer Westwind
Dr. Deena Manion is a Doctor of Psychology and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1993. Dr. Deena is the Clinical Supervisor for the Westwind Clinical Staff. She provides her clinical expertise and guidance for top-notch clinical programming, as well as to the staff and clients for the best treatment outcome. Dr. Deena has worked in the field of addiction and mental health since 1991. Prior to Westwind, she held the position as Chief Clinical Officer for a well-known recovery center in Los Angeles and she was the Clinical Director of a Malibu dual diagnosis treatment center from 2000 to 2018. She built that treatment center from a small 6 bed facility to a 40 bed facility. She worked as a Psychotherapist in a variety of settings including psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics, homeless clinics, and public and private schools in both California and New York. Dr. Deena has a private practice in Beverly Hills and Agoura Hills, both located in California where she sees a variety of clients with mental health and addiction issues. Dr. Deena has a broad range of clinical skills and has a stellar reputation in the mental health and addiction field. Dr. Deena has extensive experience in the entertainment field. She has appeared as an expert on Dr. Phil for sixteen seasons. She has also been an expert guest on Dr. Drew’s Life Changers, Face the Truth with Vivica Fox, Ricki Lake, as well as on Intervention on A&E. She has also appeared on various documentaries on Fox11 and local public and cable television shows. Dr. Deena’s ultimate goal has always been to combine her clinical background with the entertainment industry to help people on a bigger scale. Dr. Deena is personable, direct, charismatic and overall has a unique approach to helping people. Westwind always strives to better our program, so we feel very fortunate to have Dr. Deena as a part of this process.
Ryan Peterson - Westwind Medical Doctor
Triple Board Certified in Pain Management with the American Board of Pain Medicine, Anesthesiology, with the American Board of Anesthesiology and Addiction Medicine with the American Board of Addiction Medicine, Dr. Ryan Peterson completed medical school at George Washington University in Washington DC before completing his residency training at Cornell University in New York. Indeed, it is his predilection for pain management that makes Dr. Peterson a perfect fit for Westwind. “After getting sober myself”, he says, “I saw things in a different light. I realized that both having pain and a drug problem can exist in the same person. One does not preclude the other, but they can both be real.” He discovered a higher sensitivity to look for in those patients and uses his expertise to help them manage that. Eschewing opiates as a cure-all, Peterson believes that pain and discomfort should be taken seriously, and fervently listens to every client’s issues and concerns. Going through withdrawals can be challenging at best, but Dr. Peterson believes that, by keeping the patient as comfortable as humanly (and humanely) possible, those suffering from addiction can get to the root issues with individual psychotherapy, group therapy, exercise and meditation. Although you’d be hard-pressed to find otherwise, it should be said that Dr. Peterson’s philosophy is more aligned with physician William Osler’s than any other who said, “The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.”
Dede Interview - Westwind Lake Tahoe Trip
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