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Spotlight Series – Claire Smith

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Claire Smith – Plant Operations Coordinator


ClaireClaire is originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana. She says she finally recovered from a hopeless state of mind and body at the young age of 18 after multiple attempts at sobriety. Claire joined Origins in October 2011 as a Recovery Advocate. She was a part of the original team who helped open the doors at Hannah’s House. Her extensive history of volunteering at treatment centers and working with hundreds of adolescent and young adult women has been a great asset to the Origins’ organization. Claire currently oversees the day-to-day operations of Origins in Texas, where she is often described as a “Professional Problem Solver.”


What brought you to Origins?

I had been in and out of treatment twelve times, meeting a lot of people along the way. A friend wanted to get in the field of addiction treatment, and I made a few phone calls for him. While doing this, I received word that Origin’s was opening a women’s treatment center. I was instantly inspired. Within a month, I moved my entire life down to South Padre Island to help start Hannah’s House.


If there were only one thing you could tell us about working within your client specialty area, what would it be?


There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes to keep Origins going and to appear seamless. Maintaining the very safe environment for healing that our organization creates for its clients requires a lot of hard work from staff members.


What have you learned through your experience working in treatment?


Working in treatment is spiritually exhausting; having a positive attitude is a must. I encounter a lot of obstacles and problems each day, and without having a positive attitude, I would not still be here. Origins staff members pour their entire souls into what they are doing. It’s important we take care of ourselves to continue to be effective.


Do you hold any credentials or certifications, or do you participate in any other professional activities outside of work?


I have received OSHA, FEMA, and Facilities Management training. I also hold service positions in my 12-Step fellowship at the home group and district level.


Are you in recovery yourself? If so, what do you love most about being in recovery?


I’ve been sober since February 17, 2010. My relationship with God is something I will always cherish. I found this connection through working the Twelve Steps. I also love working one-on-one with women to share my experience and knowledge and to watch them recover.


What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Do you have any pets or engage in special hobbies? 


I spend a lot of my spare time traveling, and I love getting immersed in different cultures. I have a beautiful, 6-year-old Yorkshire terrier named Layla who is the light of my life! I also enjoy oil painting, photography and golfing.


Is there anything else you might like to share? 


After going through 12 treatment centers, nothing compares to Origins. I am blessed to be a part of the healing that happens here!


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