—Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor
PRC Employee Since: 2009
Bio: Shelly Sprague is a certified chemical dependency counselor working with the addiction population since 1997. With 17 years of sobriety herself she is not only considered an expert in the field but also has experienced the process of addiction rehabilitation and recovery herself. Shelly currently works at Pasadena Recovery Center as an addiction counselor/case manager helping hundreds of addicts through the difficult process of recovery. Shelly has been trained and mentored by Dr. Drew Pinsky over the past 6 years in addition to appearing as Dr.Drew’s rehab assistant on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. Shelly is best known for her no nonsense but compassionate style of counseling and continues to dedicate her life to helping others.
—MA, MFT, CADC-II, LAADC (Psychotherapist/Addiction Specialist)
PRC Employee Since: 2004
Quote to live by: “Don’t complain and don’t explain.”
Bio: George “Butch” Warner is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a licensed CAADAC drug and alcohol specialist. A multi-instrumentalist and composer, Butch runs the Music Therapy group for PRC clients and teaches communication skills. He is also a feature writer, with a host of articles published on addiction, music, penology, religion and pharmacology. Butch has been in recovery since August 23, 1998, and has been a PRC Case Manager since 2004.
He is also the successful player/coach for the Pasadena Recovery Center softball team.
In his spare time, Butch writes for many local newspapers on a wide-range of subjects including addiction, drugs, music, public policy and incarceration.
Finally, Butch is working towards his license in Marriage and Family Therapy which he expects to obtain by the end of 2012.
Quotes about Butch:
“Thank you for being the best counselor I’ve ever had. I honestly don’t know if I’d still be here without you. You have no idea how much I appreciate all you have done for me. Thank you!” – Katie
“Just wanted to say thank you again for being such a great counselor and making it comfortable and easy to talk and to keep up the GREAT WORK!! Help the newcomer! Love you” – Patrick S.
—Director of Operations
PRC Employee Since: 2001
Quote to live by: “You can’t control how other people treat you or respond to you but it’s important that you treat everyone the way you would like to be treated.”
Bio: Lamonica was one of the Pasadena Recovery Center’s first employees. As Director of Operations he is primarily responsible for creating a safe environment that is conducive to recovery. He also manages the Program Assistants (PA’s or techs) and handles client movement in and out of the facility. With over a decade of experience, Lamonica has witnessed thousands of motivated individuals achieve sobriety.
Prior to PRC, Lamonica spent twelve years as a mental health professional at the California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) in San Francisco. He also served in the US Military as a Spec-5 Medic before being honorably discharged.
PRC Employee Since: 2007
Quote to live by: “One day at a time.”
Bio: Angela knew early on that she wanted a career helping people overcome addiction. Both of her parents were alcohol dependent and she lost relatives to a drug overdose. She learned first-hand the importance of getting treatment but also witnessed the financial hardship that often accompanies it. With this backdrop, she attended Intercoast College where she received her license in Addiction Counseling.
After 5 years as PRC Office Manager, Angela spread her wings in 2014 and put her counseling training to good use now working one on one with clients.
Angela beams with pride when speaking of phone calls from former residents calling to thank her and informing her of their sobriety. Watching clients get their family, job and life back is the most rewarding part of her job.
PRC Employee Since: 2004
Quote to live by: “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” — Charles Darwin
Bio: Raquel, who earned her certification from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, leads classes at the Pasadena Recovery Center on Tuesday (9 pm), Wednesday (3 pm), and Sunday (2 pm). The sessions, which normally run about an hour, start with a wide-ranging discussion on subjects like the ‘power of positive thinking’ and ‘forgiveness’. After which, the class moves into light stretching, expands to regular stretching, and often ends with guided meditation and relaxation. Raquel also practices music therapy and aroma therapy in her classes at PRC.
Raquel has a special bond with the Center and calls PRC founder, Dr. Lee Bloom, her “muse and her inspiration”. She adds, “Dr. Bloom was a visionary, a father figure, who touched my life like he did the lives of so many others.”
Quotes about Raquel:
“I just want to thank you for all you’ve done. you as a person & the yoga you’ve taught me have been such a huge party of my recovery. I can’t even begin to describe it. Not only are you a great instructor – patient, understanding – but you have a great accent, and your personality & kind spirit were a bright ray of sunlight in what was a very dark world, when I first came to PRC.” — J. B.
“One of the things I will be leaving with is a new found love of yoga. Raquel is a great teacher, and her classes have helped me control my anxiety, which I had a lot of, especially in my first two weeks or so. Not only do I plan to continue learning yoga, I feel it should be required for everyone who is here to try it, at least once.” — Anonymous