Bradley Durkin is a Business Development Representative for Midwest Detox Center in Maumee, Ohio. Durkin started his personal recovery journey in 2017. He’s been through the process himself, putting him in a unique position to relate to the clients he speaks with daily.
“I went to treatment, and I needed a pretty high level of care,” he said. “Afterward, I stayed in sober living for a while, and that’s where I started working a program and taking my recovery seriously. Since then, I’ve started sponsoring people and giving back to the program that gave me so much.”
For many in recovery, doing “the next right thing” is a way of life; by doing what is right for yourself and others, you will reap the spiritual–and sometimes material–benefits of a life in recovery. For Durkin, the relationships he developed by being a stable member of Columbus Ohio’s recovery community were how hefound his first position in business development in substance abuse treatment.
“I was heavily involved in the local NA community, and working in an unfulfilling job,” he said. “A friend suggested working in the field and I made the leap. It seemed like a no brainer’”
Eventually, Durkin was introduced to members of the Midwest Recovery Center team across the state in Toledo. Upon meeting the team, including center CEO Matt Bell, Durkin said “the culture made sense. I liked the centers and the mission.”
For his position, Durkin spends much of the day collecting recovery resources across the state of Ohio. Making sure that everyone finds placement.
The most rewarding part of Durkin’s job is witnessing the profound change that recovery can have on an individual’s life.
“It’s seeing someone come from a tough place, where they have the odds stacked against them, but they succeed,” he said. “It’s really touching to be part of that journey.”
Durkin has earned a Bachelor’s Degree from The Ohio State University in Psychology. He also received his CDCA certificate this year. In his personal life, he is passionate about the outdoors. He considers these important parts of his life, gifts of his own recovery.
“The most important things for me, nature, rock climbing, hiking,” he said, “those are things that I wouldn’t have any part of today if it wasn’t for recovery.”