To me, effective leadership requires independence, strength, creativity, optimism, passion, & commitment, and in my field, the driving force of LOVE. As the President of South Orange County Detox & Treatment my visionary leadership role is driven by my LOVE for helping people, specifically addicts who are struggling to find healing and purpose in their lives. With the rising opiate epidemic, many people are stuck in the torturous cycle of addiction, while their families and loved ones are lost in a constant state of perpetual worry with limited answers to quench their thirst for solution. On this painful journey, I have sat with loved ones as they grieve the loss of their child, sibling, friend, and partner; brilliant and beautiful people lost in the depths of addiction too soon. I’m often asked why I do this job, investing so much into my work with clients when the losses are so painful? To that question, my answer is because of my LOVE for people and for the greater cause of fighting the battle of addiction. The benefits outweigh the grief and sorrow that I feel when a beautiful life is lost to this disease. The honor and reward comes from seeing people’s lives transform and loving every minute of it, despite the struggle. I have been fortunate enough to have helped many people find themselves, their higher power, their passions and vocations, and their sobriety, while rebuilding a connection to their families along the way. I get the pleasure of offering love, hope, and a future to those who are lost. God has divinely inspired this path and given me the ability to see the potential in others when they are unable to see it for themselves. I am grateful to be in this role and feel privileged that so many people have allowed me to privilege guide them out of darkness into the light.
I truly believe God has given every person the ability to LOVE with some form of greater purpose . On “Valentine’s Day”, the day dedicated to LOVE, I encourage you to find your purpose of LOVE and to give LOVE freely to another person. You may be surprised to see the powerful impact the one kind act of LOVE can have on another person’s life As Henri Nouwen so beautiful questioned,
“Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone's face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love?' These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will be many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.”