Q: What motivated you to found an addiction treatment center?
A: James Scribner, Executive Director
My background is in accounting, where I learned the value of building meaningful relationships with clients and having a strong ethical framework. My passion, however, is helping people struggling with addiction.
My own recovery journey started in 2010. Throughout that process, I was able to help others and make a difference in their lives. Since my recovery started, I became an advocate for people in recovery or seeking recovery from substance use disorders.
I’ve continued to use my story and my understanding of what it takes to get and stay sober, and completed formal training to be a certified recovery coach. In 2017, with my partner Samuel Kesaris, I combined my business experience and passion for recovery to start The Freedom Center, where we provide individualized therapy and client care.
Q: What led you to the position of clinical director of The Freedom Center?
A: Judy Serfaty, Clinical Director
After a career in the public school system, I earned an additional degree in clinical counseling, expecting that I’d continue to work with children. However, when I took the opportunity for an internship in the addiction field, I realized that was the right specialization for me. It hit close to home due to family members who have struggled with addiction. This field gives me great hope knowing recovery can be obtained and maintained. The Freedom Center is a perfect fit for me with its great culture of dedicated staff and a family feeling that flows over to client care.
A premier drug and alcohol addiction treatment center, The Freedom Center treats individuals with various addiction types—and underlying trauma and mental health issues—by offering a flexible, affordable solution while minimizing disruption to work, school and family life. Clients can live in sober living environments or at home.