Patrick Fogarty is Chief Program Officer at The Healing Place. He has been with The Healing Place for four years and is an alumni. Patrick is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC).
Are you from Louisville? If not, how did you end up here?
I’m a born and bred Louisvillian.
Why did you want to work in recovery?
Originally I had no desire to work in recovery. When I became a Peer Mentor after completing the THP program, I got a sense of fulfillment that I had never experienced before. I made a decision that this was the direction that I wanted to take my life and took some really good advice: go back to college and gain all the experience you can.
What is your favorite part of the job?
It amazes and inspires me seeing alumni of The Healing Place and their wonderful accomplishments through long-term sobriety. There is a collateral effect when people change their lives, and they end up positively affecting countless others along the way.
What is your least favorite part of the job?
Although I love my job, it is most difficult for me to speak with seemingly hopeless, distraught mothers. I instantly reflect back on thinking about the pain that I inflicted on my mother through my addiction and how she had to deal with these emotions. I am lucky that I can now give advice to these mothers that can help get their loved ones pointed in the right direction.
How has THP made a difference in your life?
The Healing Place believed in me before I believed in myself – while showing me a new way of living. I still incorporate the structure instilled at the HP into my daily life. I would certainly be dead or rotting in a prison somewhere if I never had the opportunity to enter The Healing Place program.
Posted on July 28, 2015
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