Robert is an individual who is intensely committed to, and passionate about, helping others achieve a healthy, balanced, productive, and happier life in recovery. A graduate of Old Dominion University, he is an active participant in the local recovery community and brings his passion for helping others to Clean Adventures. Robert believes the transitional IOP model is a level of care necessary in order for the recovering addict and/or alcoholic to learn how to live life on lifes terms clean and sober. He understands that a firm foundation in the 12 steps, coupled with the tools necessary to confront and address irrational thoughts and behaviors, is the cornerstone to achieving sustained recovery and a better life. Robert himself is a member of the Prescott recovery community and an example of success in recovery. A Northern Virginia native, he resides locally in the Prescott area with his wife, son and daughter.
Kemper A. Burt has been working in the addictions field for over 10 years. While attending night and weekend classes for his substance abuse certification in California, Mr. Burt started managing sober living homes. After working in California for several facilities, Mr. Burt Moved to Prescott Arizona where he became involved with program development and business management in the addictions field. Mr. Burt has visited with some of the top facilities in the US. During this time he developed a sense about what he would like to see in a treatment facility. After meeting with Robert Patton, Mr. Burt found that they possessed the same vision and they formed Clean Adventures. Helping young men to gain the tools necessary for recovery is life fulfilling work for Mr. Burt.
R.J. McNamara, born and raised in Southern California, came to Prescott after learning the hard way that simply abstaining from drugs and alcohol was not the solution. It wasn’t until working the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous that he learned he could be happier than ever imagined and stay sober. R.J. came to Prescott in search of a better life and discovered a true passion for helping others. R.J’s own life experience has been the key component in assisting young men learn how to stay sober.
McCarthy began working at Clean Adventures as the Compliance Officer in 2013. In 2016, she transitioned into to the position of Assistant Program Director and JCAHO Compliance, after Clean Adventures underwent the Joint Commission survey process. She is an active member of Prescott’s recovery community, specifically through service work at her home group. McCarthy moved from Phoenix to Prescott in 2005, with her husband and son, to enjoy the small-town atmosphere, outdoor activities and four seasons that Prescott has to offer.
Evan has worked as a team member of a marketing firm for several years prior to working at Clean Adventures. He is experienced in public relations, customer service and marketing. Evan’s passion to help others find hope and fulfillment in life comes from his own experience with struggle and perseverance. Evan started working for Clean Adventures because he believes that recovery is just as much about hard work as it is about having fun and that is exactly what Clean Adventures is all about. In his spare time Evan enjoys snowboarding, hiking, rock climbing and exploring the outdoors with his family and friends.
James grew up in St. Louis Missouri. He is an alumni of Clean Adventures and a great example of what a member of a 12 step program is. Struggling with his disease of addiction he finally surrendered on 3/15/14 and became willing to lead a different life in recovery. With motivation and determination, he put in the work and effort and got to see the results come to life. Today he continues to work his 12 step program and show others how to live in recovery.
Charlene was born and raised locally here in Prescott, AZ, and is a graduate of Yavapai College. As an individual she has felt the impact addiction can make on a person’s family, as well as themselves. Growing up in the area, she has also seen the difference a program like ours can make to the recovery community and is delighted to be a part of our program. She and her husband recently welcomed a daughter. They enjoy outdoor activities such as fishing, hunting, and hiking, as well as enjoying local family events.
Ryan began his recovery journey in October of 2002. Shortly after, Ryan moved from the California Central Coast to Prescott, AZ to attend a men’s extended care program. After completing the program Ryan was able to reconnect with the outdoors while working at youth camp here in Prescott. While at the camp Ryan began guiding whitewater rafting trips in the Grand Canyon. These trips helped Ryan to realize the positive impact outdoor experiences had on his own recovery, as well as a passion to share the benefits that outdoor experiences with other people in early recovery.
Ryan’s experiences include working as lead wilderness guide at a substance abuse recovery center, working as a Primary Therapist for two years at a substance abuse recovery center, founding a 501c-3 Non-Profit organization, with his wife, to provide outdoor education and adventure based activities, and acting as Executive Director of that organization.
Erik came to Prescott, AZ, in 2012, after struggling with various programs in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. He struggled for years to beat his addiction. After completing the Clean Adventures program, he realized how important following the 12- step program is so he follows and incorporates them into his daily life. He shares his knowledge with others as he helps them complete the 12-step program, and continue on their road to sobriety. He is enjoying the opportunity of paying it forward when he is a sponsor, a house manager, or adventure guide. In his spare time, if not doing the things listed above, he likes to snowboard, cook, working out, and spend time outside. He resides in Prescott, AZ with his wife.
After coming from an addictive lifestyle in California Justin found hope in Prescott. As a graduate of this program he understands the level of commitment it requires to succeed in Clean Adventures and the community. In his free time he enjoys skateboarding and snowboarding.
Laura holds a Master’s of Science degree with a specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Counseling, both Summa Cum Laude. She is Licensed Associate Counselor by the state of Arizona, an EMDRI approved EMDR Clinician, Certified Clinical Traumatologist, Life Coach, Clinical Trauma Professional, Domestic Violence Response Specialist, SoulCollage© Facilitator, and a Compassion Fatigue Specialist and Educator.
Additionally, she has concentrations in grief and expressive arts therapy interventions in both undergraduate and graduate studies and is a practicing visual artist represented in local galleries in Prescott, Az.
Working through a trauma-informed, person-centered lens, Laura approaches client care from a compassionate, strengths-based context and works in collaboration with clients to foster self-efficacy, empowerment, and comprehensive emotional wellness. Educationally focused, she will continue to build her arsenal of skill-sets to support and inform excellent client care at Clean Adventures.
Laura is a member of The American Counseling Association, EMDRIA, The Granite Mountain Psychological Association, The International Expressive Arts Association, and The International Association for Trauma Professionals.
Wes Kitchens is a master’s level therapist with over 20 years of experience in the field of addiction therapy. Additionally, Wes presents over 30 years of personal recovery using a 12 step model. Wes has been involved in every aspect of treatment including inpatient, residential, and transitional living. His therapeutic approach is founded on 12 Step principles with a heavy emphasis on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, and Family Healing. He believes that given enough education and direction, an addict and/or alcoholic has the ability to choose a course of recovery resulting in a better life. Wes is an active member of the Prescott recovery community, and serves as the Prescott AA Intergroup Chairman. Wes is a Dallas, Texas native, and resides locally in the Prescott area.
Beth has been working in the addiction field since 2011 and has been serving as a Primary Therapist since 2012. Beth’s educational, occupational, and personal experience allows her to help individuals suffering from life’s various difficulties in a very therapeutic and personal way. Beth holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s of Science in Professional Counseling, graduating summa cum laude. Beth’s therapeutic approach is heavily influenced by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy. She believes that every individual desires to live a healthy and empowering life, and once a client can separate from his emotional, behavioral, and substance related addictions the options are endless. In her free time, Beth enjoys spending time with her husband, teaching yoga as an RYT-200, and spending time outdoors.