Five people sitting in one room, unorganized, cluttered, yet deeply connected continuously. The door with a broken locking mechanism had a yellow piece of note paper labeled “Therapist”, written with a #2 pencil. The main office was like a game of Tetris, where furniture, tables, and file cabinets were stacked and arranged uncomfortably. The carpet had been peeling, the ceiling leaking from years of rain, and every form of damage a building can acquire.
Avedis Recovery’s story does not move in a linear path – it is filled with many magical and transcendent elements (read the story of our CEO as well). Avedis is not a company name, but an inspiring individual who is the brother of our current Owner/CEO. Our story begins here: The passing of his life has projected beams of light onto many’ s healing journey, including the staff. It began with two individuals, our Owner/CEO and a family friend/Avedis’ College Instructor/colleague who was the Program Director. It then welcomed an individual who was an intern with Avedis before his departure and even prior to the current company’s existence.
Adding to our team of two, we began adding electronic medical records experts to our team. One is a Spiritual Counselor, Residential Technician Director, and Spiritual counselor, and another began as a therapist, then Clinical Director. Both individuals have been partners at a previous company for many years and had thrived tremendously until it was bought out. Similar to lost veterans coming back from a successful, but lost war, both Spiritual Counselor and Clinical Director were blessed to be a part of the Avedis Family.
The last person who came on board was the Clinical director just mentioned. As we pushed ourselves beyond our limits, connected with great professionals, organized tasks, and operations, we soon had been blessed with our first 3 clients. At the time, we did our best to give to our client’s care, compassion, and all we had in our combination of addiction specializations.
Soon after, our EMR (KIPU) was built, our CEO’s intelligence collaborated with others in which share a similar Mission, the other couple of leaders had begun to merge naturally into areas in which they believed they could not succeed at first yet set aside these negative thought patterns and strived despite (just like what we give to our clients). In about 6 months, we began to find more and more growth, organization, remodeling of the office, set up clinical strategies/modalities, and each original leader began to function within multiple positions at the same time. About 6 months later, we were licensed with the State. Our support was also from the ex-Chief of DHCS for 13 years and mentioned to us he truly believes in us. About a year after, our Detox Facility had opened and once again, every department was developed through the strive and hard work of the original leaders.
You see, even today our IOP facility where we first began does not look completely different. What makes the difference is the story within the original team members and our growth. They say recovery does not happen within 4 walls, and we do not use what we call the “Luxury Effect” in order to heal our clients. Many have a misconception of recovery, and in reverse. They believe that if a client comes into a magical castle, they will be able to heal. The more privileges (in terms of activities, play, and distractive elements) the more they will heal. This is not Avedis Recovery. We understand that recovery is one of the most painful and uncomfortable journeys a person can go through, therefore we make sure our clients understand that recovery occurs within the four walls of the human condition, not the external facility. We guide them through this approach right from the beginning and give them this knowledge through genuine care and compassion. Our model of recovery includes: A humble heart, insightful mind – able to detach one’s desires to their impulsive behaviors, a motivation that relies on ethics/morals, and the knowledge of addiction as an entity in itself filled with specific characteristics – not mistaken as the individual himself/herself and their personalities.
The light in our story shines brighter within each individual whom have grown with the company, not just the physical building, items, or luxurious aspects once again a distorted goal from other facilities as true recovery. If one were to live luxury and catered to, what happens when they leave and enter real life once again? This hurts a client through adaptive, behavioral habit (just like addiction) than it helps them. We simply attend to our client’s growth in a similar (yet we know everyone is different) fashion within this story, where strive, sacrifice, a healthy ego, motivation, and true learning is the only way to develop in life. There is nothing fancy about Avedis Recovery from the outside, but from within, our growth has led to a deep connection with one another and especially ourselves. Only then, can we truly give what we have picked up within our journey to our clients. This is not a single travel within one path, it is an exploration that derives new and sometimes unpredictable paths that open along the way at a constant pace. The choices we make, while admitting there could have been better choices is the true definition of transcendence. Sometimes, in order to move forward we have to take a step back. In every relationship that life brings us, the core of our story is transported with a single belief: If you promise and claim to do something, make sure you fulfill your promise.