Dr. Donna Markus has worked in the addiction treatment field since 1976. During a career spanning over 4 decades she has served in..
As one 12-step fellowship states, “The therapeutic value of one addict helping another is without parallel.” Recovery from addiction and the effects of family mental illness began in 1985 for Joann and she has maintained her own personal recovery since 1990. During this time has she worked with talented professionals and other recovering people. As a result, she personally understands the value of utilizing the experience of those who have gone before. Joann continues to be one of those recovering people—helping others—professionally and personally.
This passion led to Joann’s work as a recovery companion and coach starting in 2005, supervising and mentoring many companions as well as working directly with clients. Joann saw that when newly recovering people were struggling, even a few words of encouragement from someone who had been there could make all the difference. Joann was inspired to work as a recovery companion because there was nothing more exciting to her than witnessing the light come on in a clients eyes and seeing the magic of a shift in perspective. It was clear that the difference between surviving and thriving was in not having to face a challenge alone. Seeing clients walk through challenges successfully because someone was there with them through the process made it clear that having a companion could be the deciding factor in a person’s recovery from addiction, alcoholism, mental illness, or behavioral disorder. Her experience—both in the field and in supervision of others—has repeatedly confirmed her belief that the quality of companion services is even more instrumental in creating successful outcomes for clients and their families.
It became clear to Joann a new approach was needed in the recovery companion industry. She envisioned a company that would be professional, collaborative, and closely supervised; where clinical and administrative compliance would be valued; where a wide variety of companions with recovery experience, training, and support would be matched with clients to ensure best practices and successful outcomes. She saw that companion skills and resources needed in the field were not necessarily or exclusively intuitive. With those values as her touchstone she founded Post Treatment Services with a vision of companioning as a highly trained, widely used, reliable resource for individuals, families and clinical teams. She believes her companions’ role is to provide support to clients in varying stages of recovery from chemical dependency or behavioral health concerns. Professionalism, collaboration and communication are her core values in guiding PTS.