“I can still remember those feelings of utter hopelessness and debilitating shame. My addiction prohibited me from being honest about anything with anyone, including myself. I was in complete denial of my problem, obsessed with the idea that I would drink and party like I thought everyone else was. After eight long years of demise, I was tired of being dishonest and hurting those I cared the most about. Drugs and alcohol had consumed all of my time, energy, and love. When I had the opportunity to seek treatment, I committed to a new way of life. So in 2010, I went to inpatient and outpatient treatment in California. Treatment would set up a foundation for my new life. I learned how to have a schedule, be responsible, maintain structure, use coping skills and engage in fellowship. My most memorable experiences in treatment involved ‘mindfulness meditation techniques’ and DBT therapy. I would later pursue a career in counseling and I will never forget the strong impact that my therapist had on me while in treatment. After completing my program in California, I moved to Lubbock, Texas where I met students at Texas Tech’s Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities. I immediately felt hope for the first time in my entire life. By their shining examples of sobriety and purpose, I found a new life of service, 12 Step recovery and an opportunity to complete my education. I find hope in recovery by helping others to recover and giving them the opportunity to believe they can do anything they want to do, and that sobriety is a fun way of life.”
Grant graduated from Texas Tech University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Chemistry, Kinesiology and Addictive Disorders and Recovery Studies. He enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Texas Tech, and graduated in 2017 with top honors. Grant served as the undergraduate assistant, graduate assistant, teaching and research assistant at Texas Tech University’s Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities from 2012-2016. He worked as a counselor at the Ranch at DoveTree’s Intensive Outpatient Program in Lubbock, Texas from 2014 to 2016. From 2016-2018, he interned as a Strength and Conditioning Coach with Texas Tech Football. The past 3 years, Grant has worked as a crisis intervention specialist in Knoxville, TN and Houston, TX. Currently, Grant is a Recovery Advocate for residents and the outreach coordinator at RBH and is enrolled in the Recovery Coaching Academy of New Hampshire as well as the PhD program for psychology at Texas Tech. He is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor who has a passion for working with those struggling with alcohol use disorder, substance use disorder, bi polar disorder, borderline personality disorder and process addictions. Grant is committed to the opportunity to work with the Riverbank House to give hope to those who want a better way of life.