Posted on May 8, 2015 by Laura Fuller
Meet a Member of Our Origins’ Family –
Saturday Spotlight Series
Origins Behavioral HealthCare Admission Specialist
Growing up in Nashville, TN in the shadow of the Grand Ole Opry, it was only natural for Donna to become a professional singer. Unfortunately, she fell into the drug and alcohol trap of a performer. After recovering from her addiction in 1999, Donna discovered how much she enjoyed helping others going through the process of addiction recovery. As an Admission Specialist, Donna is now often one of the first members of Origins’ family to greet new clients, respond to inquiries and help them to determine if Origins is the right addiction treatment resource for their unique needs.
What brought you to Origins? I wanted to work with women and take them through the 12-Steps in a way that wasn’t possible in the treatment industry I had experience with before. Origins’ new and fresh approach to the 12-Steps, in terms of utilizing them in the treatment venue, appealed to me.
If there were only one thing you could tell us about working with Baby Boomers and Older Adults, what would it be? The specialization of the age-and gender-specific treatment method generates more success for long-term recovery. It seems that if older adults are trying to get sober together, they find they have much in common. So, they become engaged more quickly in the program because they feel comfortable with each other.
What have you learned through your experience working in treatment? If we, as a treatment program, do the right thing for each and every client that enters our doors, then God will take care of the rest. Successful treatment will almost always be the end result.
Do you hold any credentials or certifications, or do you participate in any other professional activities outside of work? I am an Admission Specialist at Origins, and I am a certified Recovery Coach. But as a grandmother raising a grandchild, I don’t have a lot of time for outside activities – unless you count fund raising for his school and PTA meetings.
Are you in recovery yourself? If so, what do you love most about being in recovery? Yes, I am in recovery. I celebrated 15 years this summer of continuous sobriety. What do I love most? The gift of being able to love the woman I am and being able to know her better. I have been given a gift that has no price. I am free to love myself and love others – finally! Secondly, I love being able to sponsor and give my love and experience to other women who are very much like I was 15 years ago.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Do you have any pets or special hobbies? I spend most of my spare time with my grandson, Jerrett, who’s nine. My two rescue dogs are my children with fur: Bella and Sissy. I also (this sounds goofy, but…) like to collect and watch John Wayne movies. I am an ardent classic movie buff.
Is there anything else you might like to share? The gift of recovery comes when we are in the process of finding a relationship with the God of our understanding. Treatment and the 12-Steps are a way to help those who can’t seem to find their way. Treatment alone, even as good as it is at Origins, is not the solution. However, as I proudly tell people who call us each day, “we are a way TO the solution.” For me, that is why I choose to work for Origins.
Origins Behavioral HealthCare’s Admission Specialists guide clients and families through the pre-admission process, make appointments for their date and time of arrival, and assist with scheduling 24/7. If needed, they can help with accommodating emergencies and determining if a professional intervention may be necessary, taking steps to refer family members for help with a therapist or counselor. Origins’ Admissions Specialists respond promptly to online intake forms as well as toll-free phone calls: 1-844-U-GET-WELL (844-843-8935).
For more information regarding the Admissions Department where Donna Henry works, please visit: www.originsrecovery.com.