Employee Spotlight: Addiction Treatment’s Behind the Scenes Advocate

We’re doctors, hope instillers, certified clinicians, confidence builders, outreach superheroes, and more. Beyond our degrees and titles, we’re also real humans endlessly passionate about the fight for those struggling with addiction. Our DreamTeam is made up of many hard working talented individuals with interesting stories to tell. In our new Employee Spotlight series, you’ll meet some of these people, learn what they do (on and perhaps off the clock), and how they keep Footprints to Recovery growing and flowing — just the way we like it.

This month’s Employee Spotlight focuses on one of our unsung heroes Alicia VanCarpels, BSN, Director of Utilization Review.  She is behind the scenes furiously advocating for our patients in the battle against insurance driven treatment coverage.  She works tirelessly to ensure that every one of our patients are getting the most comprehensive treatment stay while with Footprints to Recovery.


Alycia, you truly have one of the most important jobs in addiction treatment! Tell us, what gets you out of bed in the morning?

My true passion is helping others! To know that I have an opportunity to carry this out on a daily basis and be surrounded by like-minded people is a blessing! If I can make a difference in one person’s life, then I will do everything I can do to advocate for them.


What’s your motto or personal mantra?

I strongly believe everything happens for a reason, and while we may never know what it is, I do know there are no coincidences.


What makes Footprints to Recovery stand out?

What makes Footprints to Recovery stand out to me is the authenticity of this program. The amount of support, guidance and direction offered to our patients from the moment they walk through the door is incredible! Each and every member of Footprints brings their passion for saving lives to the office every single day.


In your opinion, what do you think individuals biggest barriers to treatment is?

Fear! It can be extremely scary and overwhelming to individuals taking that first step towards changing the rest of their life.  Many people believe they are “bad individuals” and don’t deserve happiness or a quality life. When in reality the choices made during active addiction do not define a person!


What message do you wish you could provide family, friends or addicts around the world?

Don’t give up! Life is going to happen. There will be good days, there will be bad days, but no matter what challenges you are faced with if you continue to have hope and believe in yourself, you will be able to overcome anything! We all have a purpose in life!

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