My mission with Passaje, LLC is to help families heal from substance use disorder. I believe addiction is a family disease, thus everyone in the family also needs help and support aside from having the addicted person seek treatment. When families are not aware of their roles and influence, and/or are having difficulties managing triggering thoughts, it complicates and deters the recovery journey for all involved.
My wish is to help individuals in the family approach recovery as a team because no one can do it alone. Our families and friends need our help and support, especially given the fact that tough love is not always effective. There’s a fine line between enabling and effective support. Family recovery is vital.
I was born in Thomassique, Haiti in 1986. I was brought to Somerville, MA. in the summer of 1999 where I lived with my mother and my three older siblings.
I left my mother’s house right after I graduated from high school and went straight into basic training with the Army National Guard. Before I could finish my training, I learned of fraudulent activities occurring in my checking account where I had 100% of my income directly deposited from the training I was enduring. By the time I graduated, my checking account was deeply in the red. This resulted in me being homeless for approximately seven months and living with friends.
After many trials and errors to complete some college courses at various community colleges, I managed to transfer to Worcester State University where I obtained a BS in Public Health and later completed an MBA at Western Governors’ University in Health Care Management.
I now live in Dudley, MA with my husband and my two children: my nine-year-old daughter and 16-month-old son, along with our sphinx cat, Rosie.
I have worked as: a Case Manager, a Certified Nurse’s Aide, a Massage Therapist, a Security Guard, and served approximately 10 years with the Army National Guard before I started working for Spectrum Health Systems, a rehabilitation organization for drug and alcohol addiction for about three years when I decided to become a Family Life Coach. It was here that I discovered my talent in seeing patterns and addiction-related cycles in all types of relationship dynamics, and discovered one of my purposes: to help families who are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction find healing and peace of mind.
I love and enjoy helping individuals find patterns that are no longer self-serving and/or effective, and help them break free by adopting healthier habits, coping skills and tools. I believe the family’s strongest asset is having ‘awareness’ of self and how certain behaviors either contribute to recovery or to addiction.
Addiction affects us all. Addiction is not a spectator sport; our collective effort is required to maintain recovery.