Tony is a person in long term recovery. He was not born or raised in Minnesota; his recovery brought him here. Tony served 6 years in the Army National Guard. When his addiction had him by the throat he found the Eagle's Healing Nest (EHN). The EHN is a nonprofit housing support for veterans and/or their family members. They offer long term housing and sober support. It was with their guidance and Tony's hard work that he has established himself as a family man and homeowner.
Tony never imagined himself working in the recovery field, much less as a counselor. But what he discovered when he stopped following his own will, is that this field needed him. Clients who identify as veterans with past trauma find it comforting to work with Tony. His experiences are relatable and shows others they are not alone. Tony says what drives him is his memory of not knowing what to do or how to stay sober himself. "It is a lonely and scary place to be" says Tony.
Tony says his favorite part of working at Sobriety First is the people. He enjoys that our providers work as a team with a common goal. Most of all he enjoys the genuine care that our providers have not only for our clients, but for each other.