About Ohio Addiction Recovery Center
Personalized Treatment. Recovery Driven.
You may be wondering what this phrase means at OARC. We believe these two simple statements encapsulate our philosophy in treating people with addiction. They reflect the experiences of our alumni, our core values as a company, and the vision we have for continued success. From our early days with our first graduates, we knew there was something special about our program. This phrase helps us stay focused on the primary strengths that set us apart from other treatment options.
This statement reflects our dedication to not just our individualized approach, but also our person-centered, “midwest hospitality” principles. We know that every person is unique, and we approach addiction treatment with that in mind. Individual care plans are designed around each client’s specific needs. We believe that a “one size fits all” approach to recovery has proven to be ineffective.
Many alumni tell us that when they were a patient at our facility they “felt like a person” for the first time in a very long time. They were treated with dignity, respect, and compassion. When plagued by substance abuse, co-occurring mental conditions, and hopelessness, it can be easy to become demoralized. That’s why we go to great lengths to make sure our clients never feel like “just a number.” We’re dedicated to providing considerate and personal attention to every patient under our care.
- Hospitality For Every Client
- Treating Each Person With Dignity
- Treating Each Person With Respect
- Going Above and Beyond
- Individualized Treatment
- Active Listening
This statement not only reflects where we are going but also how we are getting there. We’re very proud that many of our staff are in recovery themselves. In fact, many of our staff are alumni of our program! Our Program Director himself was one of the first graduates of Ohio Addiction Recovery Center.
Everything we do is powered by recovery. We believe that recovery from addiction is an asset, not a weakness. We know how to help our clients because we’ve been in their shoes. When you choose to join the OARC family, you’ll find hope from examples of recovery in our leadership team, behavioral health technicians, nurses, and therapists.
Lastly, being recovery-driven is a commitment to personal growth – mentally, physically, and spiritually. We emphasize personal growth to both clients and staff.
- Recovery First: We encourage our staff and clients alike to prioritize their recovery
- Personal Growth: We encourage clients and staff to continue physical, mental, and emotional growth
- Spiritual Well-being: We encourage clients and staff to expand their spiritual practices and growth
- Providing experience, strength, and hope to every client
Our Leadership Team
Program DirectorView Profile
Joshua Swearingen, more commonly known as “H-Josh”, is the Program Director at Ohio Addiction Recovery Center. Armed with his extensive experience both in recovery and the addiction treatment field, Josh plays a critical role ensuring the continuation and growth of our successful program. Being one of the first graduates from OARC himself, Josh’s passion for recovery, dedication to OARC, and shared company vision is what led to his current role as Program Director. Over the years, Josh has served in various roles at OARC and has a deep understanding of the many working parts of our continuum of care.
Josh says his passion for OARC started with his experience as a client. With previous attempts at sobriety and other treatment programs, Josh says what made the difference for him this time was the individualized, personal attention he received at OARC. He says he felt “heard, noticed, and like somebody truly cared,” which was critical for a time in his life he considers rock bottom. In his own words, “I felt like a person again for the first time in a long time. This is what makes OARC special and is an experience I aim to replicate for every client.”
Josh also says the focus on wellness, fitness, having fun, and brotherhood were all key components that led to the rewarding long-term recovery he enjoys today. As Program Director, Josh molds our program and guides our team to encompass these values.
Karen Woods, MSW, LISW-S
Clincial DirectorView Profile
Karen WoodsMSW, LISW-S
Karen is a highly experienced clinician with over 30 years of experience in the mental health & addiction field. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology & Sociology from Otterbein University, a Master’s in Social Work from The Ohio State University, and a LISW-S certification. Starting initially as a consultant for OARC, she became our full-time Clinical Director in 2019.
Her career began in forensic psychiatry where she evaluated individuals with criminal charges to determine if they should receive addiction treatment in lieu of a conviction. Throughout her career she held many other positions, working both in administration and as a clinician. Her impressive resume includes roles such as Chief Executive Officer of a state hospital and, most recently, the Chief Operations Officer of a privately-owned behavioral health center here in Central Ohio.
Karen was in retirement when she started consulting for OARC. When asked why she decided to accept the full-time role, Karen says “Let me say this: I came out of retirement to work for OARC. The team of clinicians is among the most unique I have ever worked with. Their drive, personal integrity, teamwork, and dedication to the client make it a really enjoyable place to work. Many of our clinicians also have personal experience with recovery and I think that’s what makes our program special.”
Kelly Holly, MSN-NP
Director of NursingView Profile
Director of Nursing
Kelly is the Director of Nursing at OARC. In her role, she helps guide the medical approach at OARC, oversees the nursing department, develops treatment plans, and implements infection control strategies amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Her primary responsibility is to ensure our detox and residential clients receive the highest standard of medical care.
Kelly is a veteran Nurse Practioner who received her Bachelor’s degree from Ohio Univiersity and her Matsers of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain University. In her previous role, she was a Nurse Practioner with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. She has been a nurse in the mental health field since 2004 and has been with OARC since June of 2021.
Kelly’s husband is in long-term addiction recovery and she is also open about her experience growing up in an alcoholic household. Being personally impacted by both addiction and recovery, Kelly says she has always been drawn to the addiction treatment field. She enjoys being able to interact with clients and says her her job is extremely rewarding. In her own words, “I really love my job. Everyone at OARC, from the top down, is completely focused on the client’s needs and what’s best for the client. Not every organization is like that.”
Bethany Sturgill, LCDC-III
Women’s Clinical SupervisorView Profile
Women’s Clinical Supervisor
A veteran psychotherapist with over 10 years of experience, Bethany is the Clincal Supervisor for OARC’s women’s program. She is a graduate of Ohio Christian Univiersity and holds an LCDC III certifcation. In her role, Bethany both provides direct care to clients and helps guide OARC’s treatment model for women. She also trains new therapists, acts as example of OARC values, and collaborates with the clinical team to develop treatment plans. Her clinical approach utilizes evidence-based modalities such as cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), dialecitcal behavior therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing, process therapy, group therapy, and more.
Bethany says she was drawn to the addiction treatment field starting in high school when her best friend fell into substance abuse. Being deeply impacted by this experience, she developed a passion for understanding why individuals turn to drugs or alcohol and what solutions are available.
Today, she says being a therapist is her dream job because she loves helping people. In her own words: “When you see a person come in confused and broken and then start a life of recovery, it’s extremely rewarding knowing you helped them put the pieces back together.”
Brian Gennett, LCDC-II
Men’s Clinical SupervisorView Profile
Men’s Clinical Supervisor
Being a clinical supervisor, Brian helps guide the therapeutic approach at OARC men’s program. With 10 years of experience providing addiction counseling, Brian is a seasoned therapist with a passion for helping others. In addition to his clinical experience, he also holds an LCDC II certification and Bachelor’s of Science from Syracuse University. He’s also in recovery himself!
Brian’s approach to addiction treatment is all encompassing, emphasizing the importance of healing the mind, body, and spirit. Through evidence-based modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing, and other therapies, Brian helps clients “find their answers” by identifying the underlying causes of their addiction and learning new coping skills.
Because the brain is an active muscle, Brian believes the key to long-term recovery is being open-minded and remaining teachable. By addressing emotional well-being, physical health, and spiritual growth, he helps his clients acquire the necessary tools for success outside of OARC’s walls.
Director of Community RelationsView Profile
Director of Community Relations
Josh has been with OARC since 2016. He and his team link OARC with the recovery community and help build professional relationships with other healthcare providers. In his role, Josh collaborates with various agencies, hospitals, community liasons, and treatment centers to amplify our impact throughout Ohio. Whether one of these entities could benefit from OARC’s services or needs resources outside of our scope, Josh’s vast knowledge of behavioral health solutions enable us to engage the community in a deeper capacity.
Josh is in recovery himself and says his years of active addiction helped shape who he is today. He believes his experience with recovery has given him great insight on how to be most helpful to those struggling with substance use. In his own words, “I love my role because I get an opportunity to give back to the community. Even when OARC isn’t the best fit for someone, it’s rewarding when you can offer a solution.”
BHT & Sober Living SupervisorView Profile
BHT & Sober Living Supervisor
Behavioral health technicians (BHT) are the staff “on the floor” that clients interact with on a daily basis. This means that Charles plays an integral role at OARC with a high level of client-contact. Being in recovery himself and an alumnus of OARC, Charles has a personal passion for helping clients and giving them hope for their own recovery journey. From detox through sober living, Charles helps ensure clients’ needs are being met while setting an example of OARC values for his team.
Many of our clients who continue through with our IOP program after residential treatment choose to live in our structured sober living homes. In a sober living home, clients have much more freedom to come and go as they please, all while continuing a level of structure, accountability, and peer support. With the help of other house managers, Charles helps implement and maintain our sober living program.
An Ohio native, Charles also has an associates degree in Business Management from Miami University.
We at Ohio Addiction Recovery Center believe that recovery encompasses elements outside of therapy alone. Therefore, we address additional issues that play a significant role in long-term sobriety such as life skills, employment support, health, and wellness. It is imperative that those in recovery understand that there are resources available for support, we will help our clients identify them. There are other challenges that come with early recovery and life after treatment. We want to make sure that every client who graduates our rehab center has a strong foundation built in which to build their new life upon.
Our services not only help the person struggling with addiction but their family as well. Watching a loved one destroy their lives is absolutely heartbreaking and can make one feel helpless and hopeless. We will teach you more about substance abuse and how it can change an individual. It is important that family members learn how to help they’re newly sober loved one without becoming overbearing. We will also answer any questions you might have regarding substance abuse disorder and help you through this trying time.
Our caring staff comes with diverse backgrounds of knowledge and experience within addiction and outside of addiction. They are committed to offering the best possible treatment for you and your loved one. We look forward to taking this journey with you.
What People Say
I would recommend this facility to anyone struggling with addiction. They treat everyone on an individual basis and like family!!Monica M.Client
“Changed my life!”
My experience at OARC was amazing! Incredible staff and counselors. This place changed my life!Payton H.Client
What sets them apart from others is the more personalized attention and communication you receive right from the start.Laurie W.Parent of a Client