A tumultuous 2020 has bred many negative side effects, which range from economic to political, and of course mental. Many people have taken the stress of the year harder than others, leading to an increase in anxiety, depression, and naturally the common remedy for those ailments—an increase in alcohol and the use and abuse of other controlled substances. However, recovery offers much hope for those silently suffering today and in the past. Eric Paskin, founder of Restore Health + Wellness Center, knows about the battle with addiction all too well, but more importantly, he knows how to rise above it. Paskin has for years used his own journey to help others find solace in treatment and transform their lives.
For Paskin, his struggle with addiction went on for a majority of his life, and at one point it got to such a dire state that he experienced homelessness in between multiple stints in rehab. Finally, the last time struck a chord and he stayed clean, while working on reintegrating back into the world and more importantly, the workforce. This is exactly when his life’s calling began to reveal itself. Paskin’s sponsor suggested he get into marketing and sales for addiction treatment facilities, and the rest was history. Although working in treatment and recovery was the last thing he wanted after getting clean, it was more like the path chose him. “It’s the passion for helping people that keeps me going, because it's a tough industry. There’s great joy in seeing someone who didn’t have hope, take their life back. All these years later, I’m still passionate about helping people seek treatment, because I know that it can change their lives,” explains Paskin.
Although Paskin says that recovery is different for everyone—from what inspires them to change to the actual timeline—his treatment facility, the Restore Health + Wellness Center, focuses on providing highly individualized approaches. “Some people have a longer detoxification process, some shorter because of the type of substances they’ve used, and some don’t require detoxing at all. Each client has a very thorough biopsychosocial assessment, and treatment is tailored to their individual needs based on the assessment,” he elaborates about the process. As for Paskin’s advice for anyone battling addiction and working on their sobriety, it’s simply not to give up. “It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, and it seems daunting when your entire life all you’ve done is use drugs and alcohol to numb, cope, and survive, and I can’t explain it but one day you’ll wake up and things won’t seem as daunting and overwhelming—life will seem to be getting better,” he hopefully says. To learn more about his journey and the center, head to Restore Health + Wellness Center.