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Get to Know: Steve Hanks

Get to Know: Steve Hanks

Steve Hanks is Director of the Men’s Program at The Healing Place. He has been with The Healing Place for 18 years and is an alumni.

Are you from Louisville?
I’m from Eastwood, Kentucky about 20 miles east of Louisville.

Why did you want to work in recovery?
I didn’t want to work in recovery at first. After going through the program, having been in numerous programs and relapsing every time, I was very fearful of leaving so I became a Peer Mentor. I’ve been here ever since.

What is your favorite part of the job?
Watching people recover and seeing them as soon as they get out of detox. I have the ability to watch their growth and spiritual change throughout the program.

What is your least favorite part of the job?
I really can’t say I have a least favorite part of the job.

How has THP made a difference in your life?
When I came to The Healing Place 18 years ago, the only possession I had was a green clothes basket half full of dirty clothes and absolutely no hope. I didn’t really come here to get sober; I just had nowhere else to go. Since being at The Healing Place, I have been able to put together 18 years of sobriety. I got to see my daughter graduate high school and walk her down the aisle when she got married. I got to be in my family’s life again and now I have two beautiful grandchildren. I got married in 2001 and about five years ago, my wife and I got back into church. I was ordained as a Deacon in 2014 and I am very involved with my church. In 2003, I was able to buy a house and that is something I never ever thought would happen. The Lord every day continues to bless me as long as I keep doing the next right thing. That’s what I was given through a loving God and The Healing Place.