The best drug addiction counselors can be found at JC’s Recovery Center. We pride ourselves in having an elite team of substance abuse counselors, psychologists and psychiatrists along with a highly experienced administrative staff that knows exactly what it takes to achieve permanent sobriety. We not only draw from proven medical treatment for substance abuse, but from personal experience as many of our staff members are recovered from drug and alcohol addiction.
We have designed a treatment program with a strong spiritual component because it is proven, through our years of experience in recovery, to have lasting results. We have in-house spiritual counselors and spiritual advisors who guide our clients through the most important aspect of recovery- a relationship with God.
We understand that alcoholism and drug addiction is an illness that hinders our ability to fulfill God’s will for us. For this reason our program’s mission, led by our Clinical Director Wendy Cabrera and Spiritual Director Brother Stevie B., is to help our clients stay sober in order to find their purpose. Her psychological expertise and his ministry have enabled our clients to do more than just stay clean. They have discovered their true potential and the courage to take action to realize what God has put on their hearts. In short, they have learned how to live fuller and more joyous lives without any need for a mood-altering substance.
Meet The Staff
Stephen Boyarsky – Brother Stevie B. helps clients develop a strong relationship with God through spiritual counseling and strong knowledge of God’s word. Brother Stevie B. is the Ministry Leader of the Recovery Bible Study of Ft. Lauderdale. (recoverybiblestudy.org) He is Blessed to be the Ministry Leader of Celebrate Recovery, in Dania, Fl.
John Charos grew up in Queens, New York John struggled with drug addiction for many years. Now with over 20 years in the South Florida recovery community, John has devoted a large part of his life helping young men overcome the same addictions he struggled with for so long. John keeps recovery and his relationship with God first in his life and is eager to help patients reach a happy and joyous recovery.
Dr. Rafael Botta has over 24 years of work experience in the field of mental health. He has been serving children, adolescents, adults and families since 1992. Dr. Botta earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida International University, his Masters in Counseling from Nova Southeastern University and his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Carlos Albizu University. He completed 2 internships: one at the Domestic Intervention Program in Miami while co-facilitating groups for the Batterers as well as for the victims of domestic violence and the other at the Miami Children’s Hospital Psychiatric Adolescent Unit. He has worked with Juvenile offenders, D.U.I. Offenders and Misdemeanor Drug Offenders for the past 20 years and he has been teaching part-time at Miami-Dade College North Campus, classes for divorcing parents and their children (ages 11-17) since 1995. Dr. Botta is a member of the American Psychological Association and he stays current in regards to the latest research in order to better help his patients.
Dr. Botta’s individualized and pro-active approach is used to help individuals cope effectively with emotional, behavioral and stress-related problems. He also creates a supportive environment where they can feel comfortable addressing life’s challenges through a strength based, solution focused approach. Dr. Botta’s approach helps people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds develop self-awareness, self-confidence and see life from ‘a different perspective’ in order for them to believe in themselves and make life altering changes. His methods involve understanding how the patient’s past impacts their current level of functioning and then through this self-awareness, helping him or her make healthier decisions today in order to reach their full potential and live mentally, physically and spiritually healthier lives. His approachable style and personality help even the most resistant client to feel comfortable in counseling.
Dr. Botta works with diverse populations with multi-cultural backgrounds. His areas of specialization include the following:
Substance abuse treatment and evaluations
Relationship issues and self-esteem building Stress and anger management
Treatment of divorce adjustment for children, adolescents and adults
Ashleigh comes to JC’s Recovery Center with nearly 10 years of direct experience in the behavioral health care field. She completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology and is a certified addictions professional, currently has her master’s degree in clinical social work. Using a solution oriented approach, Ashleigh specializes in the treatment of young adults with a history of multiple treatment attempts. In addition to solution oriented techniques, Ashleigh utilizes evidenced-based modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing to facilitate change in our clients. Ashleigh is passionate about her work in the field of addiction and grateful to be a member of JC’s Recovery Center.
Patty Charos is our Intake Coordinator and handles all our Human Resource responsibilities. During the intake process Patty establishes a relationship with the new client and explains our Christian and Spiritual approach with God and how our IOP Program works. Patty works with clients and their families for guidance with financial and insurance verification.
Allison Konovalova is dedicated to helping others struggling with addiction and mental illness. She provides crisis counseling, individual counseling, couples counseling, family, and group therapy. Allison focuses on treating substance abuse and mental health issues in the context of family systems theory; as well as using cognitive behavioral, narrative, reality, structural, and eclectic therapy approaches. She holds a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, and is a member of the AAMFT.
Andrea Clough has a certificate in Biblical studies, a BA in sociology and a Master’s degree in social work. As a spiritual counselor, her passion is helping clients find inner healing and emotional wholeness. She focuses on incorporating a biopsychosocial approach and spiritual care to assist clients in overcoming their problems in order to live balanced and productive lives.
Andrew Rudick is a south Florida native from Boynton Beach, FL. He received his Associates in arts degree from Valencia College and is currently studying Health Services Administration at the University of Central Florida. Always having a passion to help the still sick and suffering addict and alcoholic Andrew knew Drug and alcohol treatment was the line of work for him. Nearly 4 years ago Andrew went through the JC recovery centers program and graduated. Coming out of the bondage of addiction himself he fully understands and empathizes with the clients that he serves. Recovery is more than a job for Andrew it is a lifestyle that he chooses to live each day promoting health and prosperity through his outreach title.
Stephen Jackson, CAP, BHT, CRRA has been in the recovery community in South Florida for the past seven years. He has worked as a behavior health technician and in housing management for the past six years. He has a passion for helping others. He demonstrations this passion on a daily basis by helping the newcomer who is just getting started in recovery process. He makes himself completely available 24 hours a day for his staff and takes pride in his working relationships.
Holly brings to JC’s Recovery Center a dynamic understanding of addiction. She has been in recovery herself for several years which gives her personal experience in treatment. Her attention to detail and ability to multi-task allows her to give clients optimum care. She loves watching clients use the tools from our program to obtain permanent sobriety and develop a relationship with God.
As Director of Operations for JC’s Recovery Center Jackie brings over 20 years’ experience working in the Healthcare field. Along with her experience in operations, leadership, and management, Jackie is emotionally invested in helping others. She enjoys seeing the transformation in the clients during their time with us and sharing her own personal recovery experience with them. Her ability to manage multiple functions of our program ensures that our clients receive the best possible care during their treatment with us. Her upbeat personality helps to instill a positive outlook for our clients and their recovery, showing them that through a change of heart and habits, recovery is possible.
Mark Zelinski was Born in Staten Island NY. He moved to central New Jersey when He was 7. Mark grew up playing sports. Mark played varsity football for three years. Mark comes from a loving and very caring family who has always supported him. He was always a hard worker no matter what job He had. Mark got sober at 24 years old and came to Florida end of 2013. He has devoted his life to recovery and has been in the field of admissions for almost two years. Mark has a huge heart and a passion for helping an addict or their family who struggles. His primary purpose at JC Recovery Center is to spread awareness through our country of the disease addiction. To plant seeds and see success stories. He helps guide families in the right direction and does his best to serve their loved ones.
Rachel Noel, LPN has worked in the recovery community for over 6 years. She has worked in the medical field her entire career. She enjoys developing a great rapport with the clients. Rachel believes that a high level of trust and understanding goes a long way in helping the clients along this difficult journey of recovery. She works closely with physicians and counselors to ensure the clients receive the highest level of care possible.
Dave has been working in the recovery community for the last 14 years and in the treatment field for the last eight years. He serves in ministry at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale and has found a calling to minister to the alcoholic and addicts. He has dedicated his life to help struggling alcoholics and addicts come to know the unconditional love of our Lord and Savior so they may be set free from the grips of their disease.
Sequoya has a passion for helping others and is an instrumental part of our team. She has 14 years of experience in addiction and mental healthcare management. She has held a similar position at one of South Florida’s top hospitals. Sequoya monitors and evaluates new projects and ongoing services to ensure our facility meets the highest of quality standards. She handles all admission consents and client demographics. She is our staff creative go-to person. She is in charge of all holiday/on-site celebrations.
Daniel was born and raised in South Florida. Daniel has been clean since April of 2016 and he is proof that you can get clean and stay clean anywhere as long as you have the willingness. Growing up Daniel was an athlete and always inspired others, and lead his team with passion. Daniel utilizes that same passion and leadership and applies it to what he’s learned in his own process of recovery to help others
Today because of his determination and ambition Daniel gets to be a father, a son, a brother, and a friend to all those seeking recovery.
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