An Interview with Carolyn Chambless

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How would you describe treatment in one word?
Life-changing

Why is the treatment industry important to you?
Treatment saves lives—lives of people who can be productive and contribute in a positive way to society. These are people I understand, I feel their pain. I want to assist them in starting a new life in any way I can because I know they can succeed given a chance.

What’s the most interesting thing about you that isn’t on your resume?
I’ve been sober for 31 years. Ever since I went to treatment at the Betty Ford Center in ’87, I have not had a drink or a drug. And yes, it’s been an incredible life so far!

Describe your role at Pinnacle:
As Community Relations Coordinator for Recovery Works Merrillville, I collaborate with professionals and clinicians in the Chicagoland area in the behavioral health and addiction treatment field to assist those suffering with substance use and behavioral disorders. My role is to offer our services in detox, residential addiction treatment and IOP to these professionals so we can continue their clients on the road to recovery. I also work to ensure that we return these freshly sober clients to continue their treatment with their therapists, or in other outpatient and sober living programs to strengthen their chances for success with quality aftercare. Treatment isn’t over when someone leaves Recovery Works, it’s just the beginning.

What do you value most about your job?
I have made so many good friends in this industry. These professionals are all people who just want to help other people who are suffering—assisting people with addictions and behavioral issues.  What an honor to work with such an incredible, dedicated community on a daily basis!  This job is a blessing.