The Healing Place

Get to Know: Austin Smith

Get to Know: Austin Smith

Austin Smith is the Director of Continuing Care at The Healing Place. He has been on staff since 2011 and is an alumni.

Are you from Louisville? If not, how did you end up here?
I’m from Evansville, Indiana but moved to Louisville in 2009.

Why did you want to work in recovery?
Completing The Healing Place as a client in February 2011 has been the biggest achievement of my life, bigger than my college degree. Working in recovery, it is gratifying to see clients’ lives transform for the better.

What is your favorite part of the job?
I have been sober for more than five years and the best part about that is showing clients, through my actions, that being clean and sober is not only possible but enjoyable. 

What is your least favorite part of the job?
The most difficult part of my job is finding out that clients who have been at The Healing Place multiple times later overdose and die.

How has The Healing Place made a difference in your life?
The Healing Place has given me hope, sobriety, and a purpose and it continues to do that for any and all individuals seeking the same thing.