Faces of Rosecrance: Emily Garmisa
Addictions Counselor for the Launch to Life Program
Emily has been working at Rosecrance Lakeview since the outpatient center/recovery home opened in June. Emily works with the young adults in the Launch to Life program, focusing on case management, life skills training, job and career counseling, and academic coaching.
Emily has a professional background that includes working in outpatient settings for substance abuse. In her previous job, she worked with people who were homeless and HIV positive, most of whom had substance use issues. “That’s really what guided me to the Launch to Life program – that background in helping people learn these life skills. Not just providing case management for people, but helping people learn how to manage their own cases. And that to me is what Launch to Life is all about. Teach them how they can teach themselves. “
“I think there are a lot of factors that are contributing to this “failure to launch.” If you look at things economically, there are fewer and fewer jobs with more and more graduates, so people aren’t able to as easily get out there, get a job and be able to support themselves as readily. But I think even more than that we live in an era where parents love their children so much that they don’t want their children to ever experience any pain. If you look at playgrounds especially, everything is now foam, there’s no metal, everything is soft and you can’t hurt yourself. And I think that’s very noble and very loving, but at the same time if we don’t get hurt how can we learn? So I see these kids who have had every scrape rescued and fixed and saved by mom and dad. And we see people here who are finally hitting their heads for the first and/or last time. Here, they will get to experience consequences to their actions. As much as I don’t like giving out consequences, we all need consequences in order to learn.”
“Another one of the roles that I have here is that I’m the continuing care counselor. To see the connection and the bond that these guys create with one another after they’re done with their primary treatment is really incredible. Seeing them hold each other accountable is something that I love about working with people further along in the recovery process. They aren’t as new or fragile, so to speak. They can accept some harsh reality from some peers. That to me is what recovery is all about.”