This week we catch up with Patrick to hear about this exciting new opportunity and what brought him here.
What brought you to Herren Wellness?
What brought me to Herren Wellness is my time here as a guest. I struggled with substance use for 15 years and had been to multiple treatment centers. I was very familiar with Chris’s story and saw “Unguarded” countless times during my battle. Chris’s story gave me faith and a little bit of hope in my darkest moments. During a period of sobriety, I had the opportunity to meet Chris at one of his speaking engagements. After a bad relapse, I contacted him. The next day, I entered the doors as a guest at Herren Wellness and I have been sober since.
What is your role at Herren Wellness and how did it come about?
My role at Herren Wellness is Director of Outreach. After my time as a guest, I returned to my career in HR/Talent Acquisition. I always wanted to be part of Herren Wellness and, when the opportunity came up, I was honored to be considered. I couldn’t be happier with my decision to make the career change and become part of something very special to me. To be able to educate industry professionals, families, and potential guests on Herren Wellness comes very naturally to me. I know firsthand what Herren Wellness can provide to anyone struggling and their loved ones. It is something I have an incredible passion for because of what it has done for me and my family.
What makes this role different for you than other positions in your past?
This role gives me the ability to have a small piece in changing the trajectory of someone and their loved ones’ lives. I have witnessed the blessings that recovery can provide and it never ceases to amaze me.
To be able to go to work every day knowing I have the opportunity to pay it forward at the same place the gift of recovery was given to me is incredibly fulfilling.