Posted on January 5, 2016 by Laura Fuller
Orlando Montalvo, LCDC –Interim Executive Director , Origins South Padre Island
As a 26-year veteran in the substance abuse field and recovery community, Orlando is well known for his compassionate, zealous approach when working with clients and their families. Prior to joining Origins Recovery Center, Orlando worked as a Treatment Director for two state-funded programs, and he is a trainers of trainers for both the Cannabis Youth Treatment and Matrix Stimulant Abuse models. As a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Orlando is highly sought after to present his views on recovery at the state and federal levels. He is a proud and grateful member of the 12-Step fellowship for over 26 years. He is well respected for his spiritual insights and his passion for helping others find a lasting recovery.
What brought you to Origins?
I would say it was a God-thing. Dr. Kudich approached me when he got involved with Origins and asked if would be interested in a position. As I had recently moved back home from Houston, I didn’t want to relocate again so I declined his offer. Ironically, a few years later while looking for a new job, the first person I contacted was Dr. Kudich. He told me Origins still had a counseling position open. I called and met with Rich Whitman, Rob Park and finally Ben Levenson. Ben and I spent two hours talking about the 12-Step program and spirituality; that conversation made me decide to come on-board.
What have you learned through your experience working in treatment?
I’ve learned so much in the last 26 years of being in the field. Many treatment modalities have come and gone, but the one constant that remains — and has given us better outcomes — has been the 12-Step philosophy that our facilities embrace.
If there were only one thing you could tell us about working in the area of treatment, what would it be?
For me, it is seeing the miracles happening right before my eyes when working with clients and seeing the love that their families bring with them. It’s truly a blessing and a very humbling experience.
Do you hold any credentials or certifications, or do you participate in any other professional activities outside of work?
I’ve been a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor for 19 years and a past member of Houston’s Gang Force Coalition, NCLR, and several nonprofit coalitions.
Are you in recovery yourself? If so, what do you love most about being in recovery?
I have been sober for 26 years and will be celebrating 27 years on the 24th of October. Without my sobriety, I would not be the father or the son I am today. I am grateful for so many things…
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Do you have any pets or engage in special hobbies? In my spare time I enjoy reading scripture, spending time with my dog, Pops, and visiting with my family when time permits. (Oh, and playing as much golf as I can.)
Is there anything else you might like to share?
Yes, one more thing: “Treatment Does Work.” I’m living proof of it!!