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Briana Sefcik

Briana Sefcik

“I’m Vice President and Executive Clinical Director for Brazos. Day in and day out that means that I oversee the clinical portion of Brazos and work alongside Josh, our CEO, in regards to the overall program operations. I get asked a lot why I’m in the field of addiction treatment when I don't have a personal recovery story around drugs and/or alcohol. I actually do have a personal recovery story, but it's around al-anon, ACA work and process addictions. It's interesting because the catalyst for me getting into personal recovery was when I started working in this field. I was interested in chemical dependency when I started my Social Work major at Texas Tech so I minored in Substance Abuse Studies. It was the strangest thing because I would go to all of these open AA meetings and I just felt at home. I couldn’t relate to the drink part of it but I could relate to the emotions underneath it. From that moment on, I always felt like I had a home in that fellowship and that was furthered by a desire to seek a career in the treatment of addictions. Little did I know how much I would learn about myself while in the process of learning to help others, especially how spiritually bankrupt I was at the time. After trying to do the work my own way, just going to meetings and listening, I realized I needed more help. So I asked my employer at the time to if they would support me going to treatment. I didn’t plan on going to a six-week program, but i did and I’ll never regret that decision as it catapulted me into a real recovery that I had only seen possible in others. I have so much gratitude for the people in my life at that time and their ability to see past my illness and to help me on my path to freedom. Since that experience, I’ve gone to a couple of week-long intensives to stay on track and continue to improve myself and my connection to God. Continuing to do this inner work is very empowering and allows me to truly show up for my family, friends, my employer and my co-workers as best I can. I’m not perfect by any means, and I know I still have a lot of work to do, but I trust in my Higher Power and I trust the process of recovery. I am especially grateful to this place, Brazos, for allowing me to continue my journey in recovery and support me when I need to take time off for me. Not all places practice what they preach, so I feel truly blessed to have a home here.”

“Working in the treatment industry you’re going to experience loss. My first job was at a treatment center and patients do a cup ceremony where they decorate a cup when you graduate from the program. They’re supposed to come back when they have a year of sobriety and take the cup home. When people die though they put a black ribbon around the cup and do a black ribbon ceremony. I remember the first time I was a part of one of those and it was for a client that I had worked with directly. And afterwards i was just sorting through those bits and pieces of memory and asking was there something I could have done or said. Thankfully I had a couple of really strong ladies there who took me under their wing and were really instrumental in helping me see that it’s not my fault and that I’m just not that powerful. So those were some of the early powerful experiences I had in this field and it was really important that I was able to sit down with people who’d been around longer to help me make sense of that.”

"At the same time, I’ve been able to sit back and watch people come in on death’s doorstep, carrying so much pain and guilt and trauma. And yet we begin the process of healing with them and get to watch them day by day start to shed some of it. It’s almost a visible transformation. You start to see them stand taller. A smile actually reaches their eyes. There’s a gentleman that I actually worked with that had a lot of issues like this. Abuse, neglect and so on. And to see the man that he has become by just allowing us to help him and being courageous enough to face his past and to do that difficult work. To see him on graduation… to see his face was beautiful. Here we are close to a year later and he’s doing awesome. Those experiences are unforgettable.”

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