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Clayton Earns His Counselor Intern Status

Clayton Goldberg got sober on October 24, 2007.  On February 6, 2012, Clayton tore open a letter from the Department of State Health Services certifying him as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern.  While the acceptance letter promised an abundance of possibilities for his future, Clayton’s journey to becoming a counselor is far more interesting than speculating on his future.

Clayton wasn’t introduced to Extended Aftercare as an employee, but rather, as a client.  Clayton was 20 years old when he checked into EAI and according to him, he was “depressed, terrified, and completely irresponsible.”  The staff did their job and pushed Clayton to fellowship, process his feelings, and get into the solution.  Steve Boon, COO, told him that he “didn’t have to run anymore.”  Keith Liles, Chief Clinical Officer, never asked Clayton to leave when he showed up to Keith’s office EVERY DAY with his issues.  Clayton began to thrive in the community at Extended Aftercare, Inc.  Six months later he graduated the 90-day Residential Treatment Program.

Nearly a year after graduating, Hurricane Ike hit Houston, leaving Extended Aftercare’s community and staff to join together and rebuild. Clayton wanted to be apart of EAI’s new growth, so he applied for the office clerk position.  Soon, he was conducting the admissions process and giving tours.  He earned more and more responsibilities, until he basically formed a new position for himself: Admissions Coordinator.  After a year of talking to the mothers of alcoholics, liaising between different agencies, referral sources and companies, and being the friendly face in the window every day, Clayton realized that he loved working with people; a far cry from his old life of seclusion and drug abuse.

After weighing several options concerning his future, Clayton enrolled in the Institute of Chemical Dependency Studies to become a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor.  Extended Aftercare supported him while by arranging Clayton’s job duties so that he could keep full time employment while attending night classes.  Extended Aftercare also showed our support for Clayton by ensuring he had the opportunity to complete his practicum hours at EAI.  Today we are very grateful and proud to welcome Clayton to the counseling team where we are positive he will thrive and help change lives.

“I have one of the greatest jobs because I get to work with a group of individuals who have never given up on me.  The fact that I have fun with my coworkers on daily basis isn’t so bad either.  It is an awesome privilege being a part of the Extended Aftercare family.  Somewhere in between my sobriety date and the day I received that letter, something changed.  It was the treatment I received as a client of Extended Aftercare that provided the atmosphere, guidance, love and support that I needed to go from a lost and broken child to a recovering man who gets to help people exactly like the old me. Funny how the world works sometimes.” – Clayton Goldberg, Counselor Intern

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