Helping You Rediscover Your Purpose In Recovery

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Philosophy

While society struggles to face an epidemic of addiction, the scourge of which seems very much a novel crisis, it is likely that our present conflict has its origin in our collective emotional history, a legacy which speaks to the limitations of our psychological development as a people. Early accounts dating from antiquity such as Homer’s The Odyssey detail the use of a magical drug, nepenthe, acquired from the Egyptians that was famed to quell all pain and strife and induce forgetfulness of every ill. Fittingly, the literal translation of nepenthe is “not sorrow” or “anti sorrow”. Its name and its fame offer us insight into the very compelling human drive to drown out or escape life’s suffering.

Equally popular in ancient times and famously celebrated in the cults of Dionysus was the potion, wine. Wine was believed to be a magical elixir that could lift one from the realm of the mundane into new heights of joy and ecstasy. Reverence for wine suggests another powerful and compelling human drive, to gain pleasure. Distinct though these potions were, nepenthe and wine, there was also much in purpose that they shared. Each provided a means of using something external to change how one felt and to thus get outside the limits of their own responses to life, each provided ways of working out challenges with powerful affective energies be they of sorrow or joy, and finally, each provided temporary, ineffective solutions to more enduring psychological challenges. While our culture is presently addicted to new and unique potions, the source of our addictions is not different from people of ancient times. We, like peoples of the distant past ignore latent and powerful capacities within our own hearts and minds and continue to rely heavily on mood altering substances to meet the vicissitudes of life. In our view, recovery or freedom from this enduring legacy would encompass a gradual inner growth or psychological maturation such that one could effectively embrace and work through the difficulties of life free of the need to mood alter to avoid suffering.

Michael

Michael Nolan

Co-Founder
Michael has been dreaming of opening a treatment center since entering the addiction treatment field in 2010. Michael was finally able to realize this dream when he partnered with Greg Vorst and opened Embodied Recovery.

Michael’s passion for service began when he was in his early 20’s. Michael went to treatment at The Sequoia Center on August 8, 2007. Michael had been to other addiction treatment centers, but did not find true healing until he began working with Dr. Barry Rosen and The Sequoia Center. Michael has maintained continuous sobriety since August 8, 2007. Michael did the majority of his recovery work through Alcoholics Anonymous. Michael completed the 12 steps through Alcoholics Anonymous and also recognizes that recovery comes in many forms. Michael attended the Landmark Forum in San Jose, has an active meditation practice, and continues to explore new avenues for spiritual growth. Michael’s work has been inspired by such pioneers in the addiction treatment field as Dr. Barry Rosen, as well as the works of John Bradshaw, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Pia Mellody, Brene Brown, Charles Whitfield, and Eckhart Tolle.

Michael completed Bethany University’s Addiction Studies program in 2010 and became a CADC-II in 2012. Michael feels blessed and grateful to have found such an exceptional partner in Greg Vorst. Michael firmly believes the pursuit of recovery offers a greater sense of life-fulfillment, purpose, joy, gratitude and peace.

Greg Vorst

Co-Founder
Greg received his Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences from the University of Southern California. Greg received further training in addiction and recovery from The Meadows and the Center for Creative Growth. Greg is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist ( Lic. 97049) in the State of California, supervised by Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Stephanie Klindt (Lic. 91270). As a therapist, Greg has gained valuable experience working in a variety of clinical settings including outpatient and residential facilities. A skilled group facilitator, Greg also led a successful IOP program that utilized evidence-based early recovery and relapse prevention skills, family education groups, and mindfulness-based meditations.

Greg is versed in several therapeutic approaches including DBT, family systems, CBT, inner child work, depth, gestalt, and mindfulness-based relapse prevention. In addition to his work as a therapist, he’s s a skilled practitioner and instructor of Sundo, a Korean, Taoist form of yoga, breath work, and meditation. In his own words… “I am deeply passionate about assisting clients in the transformative work of recovery. While I fully enjoy therapeutic process itself there is probably nothing more rewarding than to see clients achieve their goals.”
Greg