If you would like to get in contact with April regarding alumni volunteer opportunities, events, or meetings for RCA at Indianapolis, please email apclark@recoverycoa.com 

April Clark is an experienced Behavioral Health Clinician with an extensive background in Crisis Intervention. April has over 10 years experience working in the mental health and addictions field. April has a background in program development and previously managed an evidenced-based re-entry program at the Marion County Sherriff’s Office.  April obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Psychology from IUPUI.  April has a passion for helping others, specifically those with the disease of addiction and their loved ones.  

 
In your opinion, why do you believe an alumni program is so important for those who want to achieve long term recovery?  
 

People on the road to recovery need to know there is a life outside the world of drugs and alcohol. The alumni program provides sober activities, resources, and a safe environment to cultivate healthy, solid friendships with other likeminded individuals. The Alumni Association here at Recovery Centers of America gives our alumni the support needed to achieve long-term recovery.   

What is your favorite quote, and why?   
 

“And still I rise” ~Maya Angelou   

To me this quote means you keep going even when you’re down at your lowest. You get up every day, choose to be grateful, and keep going. You rise from whatever trouble, hindrance, darkness, or sadness is in your life.    

What are the major driving forces in your life?  

The major driving force in my life is my family. I live each day remembering and honoring those in my life that lost their battle with addiction. My drive also comes the passion I have in honoring and supporting those loved ones that continue to fight each day to maintain a sober life.   

If you could send a message to family, friends and loved ones of those with a substance use disorder, what would it be?  

I would tell friends and family of loved ones not to give up hope and to always have faith. I would let them know there are people that understand what they are going through. I would let the families know we are aware of how addiction destroys families. I would let them know people are always here to help; recovery is possible and you’re not alone.   

Why do you choose to work as an Alumni Coordinator for RCA?  

I chose to work at RCA as an Alumni Coordinator because I believe several pieces are involved when addressing the disease of addiction and RCA helps with healing and helping with those pieces. RCA genuinely cares about their patients and the families. I believe the programs and neighborhoods that focus on the individual are intricate parts that start the individual on their path to recovery. The Alumni Association brings a sense of community to the alumni and their families.  In this position not only do I have the pleasure of working with the alumni, but their loved ones as well. I’m able to be one of their supports as well as provide resources to those in recovery. I’m able to assist in showing our alumni and their families they are not alone in this journey and open the doors for a new way of living!  

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