Jason believes The Wright Center for Community Health’s Opioid Use Disorder Center of Excellence program can be highly beneficial to individuals living with addiction. Among the program’s many strengths, he cites two attributes in particular: its team-centered approach and the structure it provides. Jason focuses on meeting patients “where they are,” emotionally as well as literally, meaning he sometimes will accompany them to support meetings or connect with them at a coffee shop. When talking with a new patient, Jason works with the individual to make a recovery goal plan and then to take steps toward success. Watching patients make progress is the most rewarding aspect of his job. “You can get everything back you lost in the past,” he says, “as long as you continue on the path to recovery.”
In addition to helping patients at the clinics, Jason represents The Wright Center for Community Health in the court system on Thursdays. He is also an entrepreneur, running a cellphone repair service and a deejay business on weekends. An Olyphant resident, he volunteers at an area soup kitchen and with recovery-related programs, and he strives to pay it forward whenever he can.