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RUBEN RODRIGUEZ

RECOVERY WELLNESS COACH

 

I have over 20 years’ experience working in addiction/recovery and the formally incarcerated.  I have obtained an Associate’s Degree in Humanities at the Ulster County Community College.

I have worked at the Fortune Society where I worked my way up from case manager to counselor, to heading the Peer Leadership Training Program, to the Life Skills Coordinator.  I was also employed at the Osborne Association where I supervised the HIV/AIDS Prison Hotline.

I am also a member of the Self Protection Awareness Speakers Bureau.  Currently I am engaged in facilitating recovery programs and self-help efforts for recovering addicts.

I also facilitated and trained clients to become Peer Counselors through the Fortune Society’s Peer to Peer Leadership Program.  Additionally I was offered and accepted the position of Hotline Service Supervisor for the Osborne Association where I supervised volunteers in Discharge/Transitional Planning Services.

Personally, I have come to believe that people can change and deserve second chances.  This belief of course rises from personal experiences. As result of my prison encounters, trust me there were many, I learned about compassion for others, I learned about making the best of bad situations, about the worth and value of others and how it is never too late to turn one’s life around.  I learned communication, writing and computer skills.  The most valuable lesson I learned in prison, of all places, through therapeutic value of one addict helping another is that there is hope; “that an addict, any addict, can stop using drugs, lose the desire to use, and find a new way to live”.

In my spare time I enjoy traveling, spending time with love one, swimming, and working out.