Chad Lentscher – Program Director of Gate Lodge at Origins
Chad Lentscher is a recovered drug addict and alcoholic who has been a part of Origins since its first year of operation. He is dedicated to a life based on the principles of the 12-Steps, and he’s passionate about sharing this way of life with others. His steady personality and humorous approach to life is a great complement to the Origins Behavioral HealthCare community. As Program Director of Gate Lodge, Chad brings a level of structure and high accountability that offers an opportunity for change. His hope is that everyone will experience the freedom and joy of living a sober life that is focused on God and others.
What brought you to Origins?
I had been in the mortgage business for years. I took jobs in several different industries in early sobriety, but I always went back to mortgages because it was comfortable and familiar. I had been praying for months for the opportunity to do something that I was really passionate about.
I received a phone call from a friend of mine who had been struggling to stay sober. He was at Origins and was calling to see if he could stay with me for a few months when he discharged from treatment. A day or two later, I received a phone call from his counselor, who also happened to be my counselor in treatment.
Long story short, I moved to South Texas, and my friend took over the lease on my apartment. Taking the job at Origins was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
What have you learned through your experience working in treatment?
Working in treatment is challenging. I have found that I have to work harder and be more diligent with my own recovery — if I want to be sane, happy, and effective.
If there were only one thing you could tell us about working in the area of treatment, what would it be?
Our example is powerful. People respond positively to honesty, kindness, and respect. We all benefit from discipline and consistency in our lives.
Do you hold any credentials or certifications, or do you participate in any other professional activities outside of work?
I have just re-enrolled in school to finish my undergrad in Business Management.
Are you in recovery yourself? If so, what do you love most about being in recovery?
The simple answer is a loving relationship with God; through that relationship, I have been so blessed. I love having freedom, purpose, serenity, loving relationships with others, financial stability, responsibility, and trust. I could go on and on.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Do you have any pets or engage in special hobbies?
I have a love/hate relationship with golf. I am obsessed. I watch golf, I practice, I take lessons, I read books, I watch videos, and I play terribly; however, I think this is going to be my year!
Is there anything else you might like to share?
I have lived near or on an island for the past several years, and I do not like the ocean. I saw Jaws at age four, and it ruined me. I am terrified of sharks. I do not go in the water, and I have no plans of ever going in the water. My only fear of hurricanes or flooding is that a shark may swim into my bedroom.