When Dan decided he wanted to move in a new career direction, he saw that Phoenix House Academy was looking for a family therapist in Springfield, Mass. He had enjoyed his work with adolescents in Christian education, so he applied and was hired as a senior counselor. After working in that position for over two years, he headed the launch of a new Phoenix House program for adults at a co-ed facility. Arbor Houses’ mission is to engage and motivate individuals in early recovery, since most of their clients come right out of detox and go into the intense, highly-structured 30 day program.More
Neil Gaer brings to Phoenix House twenty years of experience at social and human service agencies. In addition to being a licensed drug and alcohol counselor, Mr. Gaer holds a bachelor’s degree in human services and a Master of Public Administration from the University of New Haven. In 1989, Neil first entered the field of addiction treatment as a counselor with Marathon House, which later merged with Phoenix House. “I liked what it stood for,” Neil recalls. “I liked the fact that people were turning their lives around.”More
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