The Healing Place

Get to Know: Richard Real

Get to Know: Richard Real

Richard Real is the Director of Operations at The Healing Place. He has been on staff since completing the program in 2009.

Are you from Louisville? If not, how did you end up here?
I’m originally from San Diego then Germany then Virginia. I wound up here in Louisville because my life was falling apart

Why did you want to work in recovery?
It certainly wasn’t a plan. Various circumstances fell into place after I completed the program to become part of helping others and at the same time putting assurance on my own sobriety. In the years since, I have been blessed with increasing responsibilities along with increased satisfaction.

What is your favorite part of the job?
Watching the clients on our campuses find out what’s wrong with them and them realizing they are not bad people trying to get good, just sick people trying to get well.

What is your least favorite part of the job?
Watching those who have the information, those who have been exposed to a new life, fail to do the work to keep it.

How has THP made a difference in your life?
The Healing Place has provided me a new life, a design for living that has not only given me a renewed purpose, but the tools to become a better father, better employee, better servant. My experience here has not just saved my life – but given me a new one beyond what I could have ever imagined.