The Brass Tacks Recovery Team
Matthew Budna – Operations Manager & Client Care Advocate
Anyone can recover from anything as long as they are willing to surrender and get help. No matter how hopeless someone may feel, recovery is possible.
My own pursuit in sobriety led me to pursue a career in the recovery industry. I bring twenty years of customer service and operations management experience, as well as a passion for helping people, leading me to my role at Brass Tacks Recovery. I have worked in the behavioral health field for over five years. My journey in supporting others started at a residential treatment center where I worked as a client care advocate. Since then, I have held various positions such as the Operations Manager of a treatment center, and the Program Director of a standalone detox. Because of my commitment to better understanding the ups and downs of the treatment process and how to provide the most effective support, I lived in an actual treatment setting for years. While doing so, I was frequently involved in crisis interventions, after care planning and life integration skills with thousands of clients.
After using drugs and alcohol every day for twenty-five years, I can proudly say that I have now been in recovery for eleven years. My journey has been challenging. Due to the professional guidance I received, I was able to realize that I had lied, cheated, and stolen from those who cared for me. These behaviors prevented my family and friends of the opportunity to truly get to know me. Eventually, my parents stopped enabling my behavior and asked me to leave their home. It took two years of living on the streets before I hit my bottom and was able to surrender.
I am passionate about helping others, cooking, and my relationships with friends and family. I am motivated by every opportunity to make a positive difference in people’s lives. My goal is to help make the world a better place by giving hope to those who have none.
Operations Manager & Client Care Advocate