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We Promise to Help You Take Your Next Step
A Step in the Right direction was founded in 2000 by Linda Ruzich, one of the first of its kind. Since then, we’ve been dedicated to helping people in need. Here, we are a family. We like to think of ourselves as the last stop of your treatment, because we promise to see you through all the way. We provide care for addiction, mental health, and co-occuring disorders.
Who We Are
A Step In The Right Direction (ASITRD) started as a result of one person’s journey to recovery from alcoholism. This journey inspired the vision which is now ASITRD. ASITRD started off as a women’s sober living opening its doors in the year 2000. Over the years we have continuously grown and now have a men’s sober living and intensive outpatient treatment center.
To best help clients, our approach is one that comes from a place of supportive genuine care of the highest level with the goal of empowering clients to success in their recovery that they can truly be proud to have accomplished. Having staff with many years of recovery and experience in the field we understand wholeheartedly the journey to recovery our clients are taking.
From our sober livings to our outpatient treatment center our staff creates an environment that focuses on developing the healthy array of support one needs to accomplish recovery.
Meet Our Staff
Kelley Zabelovsky, Clinical Director
Our dedicated Clinical Director has over a decade of experience working with clients whose lives are affected by addiction. She uses working knowledge of 12 steps and sense of belonging and meaning to move clients from demoralized states to efficacy and success. Kelley works extensively with clients in residential rehab, detox as well as Outpatient Treatment. Kelley has seven years’ experience working with issues that afflict adolescents such as behavioral problems, anxiety, anger and depression stemming from trauma and peer pressure.
Her strength based approach has enlightened clients and built confidence to actualize potential. All feelings serve a purpose. If you are struggling with overwhelming sadness or worry, your feelings are not helping you but instead hindering you. She can guide you to take back control of your feelings and maintain emotional stability.
Furthermore, Kelley is trained and accredited in the TFCBT and Triple P Parenting models. She is a wife and mother and can personally relate. Kelley continues to supervise and direct interns and treatment centers.
Dr. Thor Reyes, Addiction Psychiatrist
Dr. Thor-Alcyone Reyes has been an addiction psychiatrist for over 50 years. He received his medical degree from Far Eastern University Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation.
Greg Johnson, Spiritual Guide
Greg Johnson is the president and founder of L.O.V.E. Foundation, and founder of Love Solutions™, Champion Heart ™, and Sober Heart™. He is the best selling author of Loving Heart and Powerful Soul: Seven Principles for Transforming the Homeless Youth Epidemic Forevermore.
Greg earned a B.F.A. from the University of Florida and holds a license as a spiritual practitioner with the Agape University in Los Angeles, CA. He obtained a Master of Arts in Human Services: Executive Leadership from Liberty University in Virginia. He has assisted in developing numerous curriculums for the advancement of our children for youth conferences, summer camps, and group homes. Greg has served as a mental health counselor in private hospitals in Chicago, Illinois overseeing the children’s unit and as an administrator for group homes in northern California.
Greg is a group facilitator, leading powerful workshops and groups for L.O.V.E. Foundation youth. As well, Mr. Johnson facilitates powerful spiritual groups with outpatient treatment programs for drug and alcohol addiction and individual spiritual sessions with his company Champion Heart™ and Sober Heart™. His company, Love Soulutions™ assists clients in returning to the sanctuary of their souls where love is whispering to them the destinies of their success.
Mr. Johnson is dedicated and impassioned about spreading a message of love throughout the world and standing for disenfranchised adolescents worldwide.
Angela Lovesmith, Life Coach
Angela is a Certified Professional Life Coach and a Certified Recovery Coach with the Fowler International Academy of Professional Coaching and with Wainwright Global Inc. She is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University with a B.A. in Communication Arts, and has coached professionally for 15 years, remaining close to her clients, enjoying all of their growth.
Her goal is to assist people while they navigate through issues holding them back in their journey of living their most authentic life. In order for you to live the vibrant and fulfilling life you desire, you must be willing let go of what is not working in your life and try new tools that fit your new authentic self. She believes it can be a collaborative effort with her as your coach.
As your Professional Life Coach, she will call on you to dig deep and work through those underlining issues that have held you back. She will help you create the life you want and have been dreaming about but unable to capture. As your Personal Life Coach, she will help you explore possibilities and clear any obstacles so that your “Impossible” becomes your “Possible”. Her coaching sessions are often described as “inspiring, energetic and transformative”. She works with her clients side by side and often learns from them as well.
Andy Dukeshire, B.A., CADC-II
Andy’s life is dedicated to helping people recover from addiction. With over 12 years of recovery and over 11 years working in addiction treatment Andy truly understands the difficulties a person must face to obtain sustained recovery. Andy wholeheartedly believes in and utilizes a multitude of approaches to help clients. Andy has a bachelors in psychology and is a certified addiction counselor. Additionally, Andy has held many upper level management positions in his addiction treatment career, which has allowed him to understand all aspects of the field and therefore provide clients great treatment. In his free time Andy enjoys basketball, cooking, and attending Broadway shows!