Women in recovery have a lot to be proud of...
Beverly Wohlert is the CEO of NCADD of Greater Phoenix. She started her career 20 years ago in Florida as a Medical Social Worker and a level one Trauma Hospital. After moving to Arizona to work on her Masters, she became a Vocational Counselor. She’s worked for NCADD of Greater Phoenix for almost 14 years and has moved from Vocational Counselor to Director of the Career Services Team, as well as filling various roles in leadership and as a grant writer. She took on the role of CEO at NCADD of Greater Phoenix last December.
Beverly started working with individuals with serious mental illness. At NCADD of Greater Phoenix, she’s worked with women with dual diagnosis for almost 14 years. She says that, although inclusivity is incredibly important, she strongly believes in gender-specific treatment as a gateway to healing.
“We need more opportunities for women to serve women in long-term, safe environments,” she said. “In Maricopa County, I would say the greatest needs for women in recovery is having a safe place to live and time to work through trauma in order to focus on sobriety and recovery. The longer a woman stays in treatment and builds a stable support network the better her outcomes can be in recovery. However, to really have the opportunity to do this, we need housing, childcare, and adequate resources to just focus on getting well.”
In her own career, Beverly has practiced finding balance as well. She says she’s moved through several transitions of recovery acknowledging struggles with anxiety and depression, as well as, becoming abstinent from drugs and alcohol. She pointed out that, as a mom, her choices affect more than just herself.
She said, “I think one of the biggest challenges that many women in business face is balancing our career goals, the ones we dreamed of when we were younger, with the reality of doing what is best for our family. For some reason, when I laid out my plans of being a successful businesswoman and the plans of being a mother the reality of running out of hours in the day never presented itself.”
In her work as a CEO, she sees how other women’s lives are impacted by recovery—and how that affects their families too. Every time she’s fortunate enough to attend a graduation, hear about a woman’s first day of work, or watching women helping other women is a proud moment for Beverly.
She said, “I do this work in the hopes to put ourselves out of business one day. Addiction is a family disease. When mom suffers the entire family suffers. If we can help women one at a time, our chances are better of stopping the disease from spreading to the kiddos. As an adoptive mom, I have seen first-hand what addiction can do to children long-term. There is so much pain and suffering had by the entire family. I fight the fight every day to help the women we serve, to help their children, and hopefully, one day stop this disease.”
Women in recovery have a lot to be proud of.
“There are many proud moments in my career,” Beverly said. “This is why I have been with the agency so long. We see success here every day.”