Defining Wellness Centers is a true labor of love. Wellness, mental health and addiction treatment are what my wife, Robin, and I are passionate about and it is truly our life’s work. We believe so much in what we’re doing and the care we’re providing and we’ve put our heart and soul into developing an innovative treatment program with proven, evidence-based therapeutic techniques and cutting-edge biotechnological modalities.
Serving our clients is our mission, and Defining Wellness Centers provides a nonjudgmental, positive environment that encourages hope, enlightenment, healing, wellness and freedom. Our goal is to empower our clients to create balance and control in their lives. Our story has trials and tribulations but we’ve come out stronger and healthier than ever before. This program was built utilizing techniques that we employ daily in order to keep ourselves well – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Our family has a long history with addiction, mental health diagnoses and trauma. As a child I grew up in a very dysfunctional home that was rife with unhealthy behaviors and left me with a lot of emotional trauma to address. As an adult, I met Robin and began to learn that my childhood was not ‘normal’ or healthy in any way. Through dating and then marrying her, I started to understand the amount of work I needed to do, and what we needed to do as a family to be able to grow and be well. My wish is that I could have realized all of this before my addiction took me off the rails, but truth be told I may not be where I’m at today had I not had the experiences of my past.
We provide a nonjudgmental and positive environment that encourages hope, enlightenment, healing, wellness and freedom. We empower our clients to create balance and control in their lives.
I had a lot of responsibility, as so many others do, and didn’t know how to handle the stress. Robin and I were raising two boys and running multiple businesses, leaving me burning the candle at both ends. To relax at the end of the day and let go of my worries, I would drink. That spiraled and it got to a point where alcohol wasn’t enough. Pills, destructive behavior…you name it, I was out there living my worst life. My issues were catching up with me and came to a head when I got a DUI. To give you an idea of my mindset, once I got home after receiving the citation, I took Robin’s car and went back out. I had the brightest ideas when I was wasted (said no one ever). At this point, Robin was over it – she recognized that I needed help and immediately began searching for rehabs. She found a program about an hour and a half from our home and I was enrolled there within a few days – even I recognized that I had to do something to save my marriage and family. So began my journey in an institutional-type inpatient addiction treatment program. I completed a 28 day stay and all was well in the world of Justin. As an addict in long-term, sustained recovery, I look back and realize just how off-base I really was.
I maintained my sobriety on and off for a few years and then knew that I was about to surpass my previous rock-bottom experience, and came clean with Robin about needing help. She’d been waiting for me to be honest with myself and with her and as soon as I was, we began researching programs. For my second inpatient rehab experience I went to a more holistic, non-traditional program. I wasn’t as stressed because I had access to my phone to be able to talk to Robin and the kids, I knew that the world wasn’t falling apart at home, and I began to feel comfortable enough to really engage therapeutically and face my fears. This program was a game changer for me – I believe that all of our experiences lead us to where we’re meant to be, and this program helped me to identify my focus and goals. I had discovered my passion and knew what my next steps were.
I opened my first inpatient treatment program in Pennsylvania and Robin and I operated it successfully for many years, positively impacting the lives of so many clients and families. In 2014, a large behavioral healthcare provider acquired our program and we took a break. We had been going full speed ahead for years and I had missed out on a lot during my kids’ childhoods – the boys were in high school and about to enter college and I wanted to be there to enjoy that time with them. It was the right thing to do for my family and I don’t regret the decision, though I missed working with our clients and their families to help them on their wellness journeys.
I’m grateful for the time I’ve had with my family to strengthen our relationships and recharge my batteries. I have more energy than ever before and am in the best shape of my life physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. My goal with Defining Wellness Centers is to share the methods I use with our clients, because I want people to feel as well as I do. I have mental clarity, physical health, a positive outlook and a solid spiritual foundation. I’ve been utilizing therapy, biotechnology rooted in artificial intelligence and biofeedback in order to improve myself. The techniques I use are scientifically based and have helped with my emotional regulation in a significant way. Additionally, I’ve implemented nutritional elements like eating a clean, ketogenic diet and adding electrolytes for energy and stamina. My brain is more clear and I’m better able to learn and retain information. I’ve instituted these biohacking techniques at Defining Wellness Centers across all levels of care, because I want our clients to benefit from them as much as I (and my family) have. My wife and kids utilize biotechnology as well, and we’ve all seen an improvement across the board. Treatment modalities and technology consistently evolve and as we continue to learn, we always implement the most up-to-date techniques to provide the best care possible.
Whether it’s you or a loved one who needs treatment, we’re here as a guide. Emotional wellness is your strongest asset, and I’ve been able to do so much in my life because I got honest with myself and used every tool available to me to get well. I’m a work in progress but push every day to grow as a person, husband, father, family member, friend and treatment provider. Robin and I are involved in every aspect of this program because we’ve been where you are and we know the struggle and pain. You can move forward, you just have to give yourself the opportunity.
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