Meet Robert, From the Workit Health Bakersfield Team
Workit Health offers accessible, on-demand online care for opioid addiction in Michigan and California. Our newest location? Bakersfield, California.
We’ve seen such great results with our online Suboxone and online therapy program that we’ve expanded due to demand. Our most recent launch is in Bakersfield, California. We recently caught up with Robert, our counselor in Bakersfield, to get to know him better.
Robert, you have many years experience in addiction care. What got you interested in helping people who were struggling with addiction?
Addiction is something that affects some close family members, as is the case of most of us. Everyone is touched by the problem of addiction in one way or another.
How has the opioid crisis affected Central California, and what do the current options for treatment look like in Kern County?
The opioid crisis is a massive public health problem, and certainly Kern county is no exception to that. The challenge is that Kern county is so spread out with lots of small population centers. This makes it very challenging for many residents of the county to get to a traditional methadone clinic. This is where Workit Health comes in and is able to reach every member of the Kern county community through technology, and render treatment services.
Programs like Workit Health are changing the options getting help by offering web and phone-based digital addiction care. What should people know when preparing for virtual counseling?
People should know it’s all about daily follow-up. so instead of one, 50 minute in person session, you will interface with a counselor nearly every day in bite-size, mini sessions through text messaging, phone calls, and even video conferencing. it’s a highly individualized form of therapeutic intervention.
Can you share a highlight of your career so far with us? We understand that you’re required to maintain confidentiality, of course.
I always think of a client I had named Lisa (not her real name). she came to the inpatient treatment center I was working at severely addicted to alcohol, having seizures, being homeless, and literally only having the clothes on her back which were given to her by the jail that released her. I ran into her 5 years later and she was managing a call center, driving a newer car that she had bought, and had just gotten married. This to me just shows how far people can change if they are properly motivated and have a good support team.
What do you wish you could tell people about addiction, that is most commonly misunderstood?
The biggest question I get asked by people who don’t understand the problem is ” why can’t the addict just stop?” Of course, we do not have the answer to that. However, it seems that many people simply can’t just stop. It is more complicated than that. But I do believe that anybody can get sober and anybody can get into recovery.
You spend a lot of time supporting other people. What are your favorite ways to take care of yourself?
Well, I have four kids under the age of 13, so they keep me young and very very active. I also drink an enormous amount of coffee which gets me through any given day.