As one 12-step fellowship states, “The therapeutic value of one addict helping another is without parallel.” Recovery from addiction and..
Lori Cerasoli has been on the vanguard of our field since its inception. Her first assignment as a sober companion came in 1988: as far as we know, she was the first female sober companion.
Lori began working in the field of recovery in 1983, working her way from technician to counselor to supervisor at ASAP, an adolescent treatment program, and later at Exodus Treatment Center in Los Angeles. She started many outside adolescent recovery groups in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, including groups for Tough Love, PDAP and others. She was featured on HBO’s “The Brandon Clifton story as one of the first professionals to perform an intervention using only adolescents.
For almost thirty years Lori has worked as a sober companion; for the last decade she has also been supervising, training, and supporting other sober companions. The depth and range of her experience in the field is exceptional, and she has been able to develop programs and policies to professionalize both the work and the documentation of companions in a wide variety of cases and contexts.