At 30 years old, I had to find an entirely new career path. My senior career and recovery couldn’t coexist. I wasn’t interested in working in the recovery industry and took a job out of necessity. I quickly found it to be precisely what I was supposed to do with my life. I honestly couldn’t imagine doing anything else. My mentor always says, “we have been blessed with front row seats to miracles.”
James Michael Jones
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Mike Jones directs all facets of the Lighthouse Program and co-founded the program in 2016. He is responsible for the creation of our Treatment Philosophy and works directly with all staff, clients, and families. Mike has worked in Addiction Treatment for over 13 years. From Mike, “Those suffering from addiction are in need of understanding and empathy, as are their families. Through the sharing of our light and love with them, we have the ability to affect real change in the world around us.”
What inspired you to choose this profession?
What would you want someone to know about working with you?
This isn’t a “job” for me… this is my passion, my purpose and I consider working with families and helping them heal just as crucial as working with clients. Having lost my mother before I found recovery, I think it a “living amends to her” to help needy families. We are here, and we are ready to help.
Lighthouse is the brainchild after years of running, implementing, and creating programming for providers, thinking, “how can I do this better?” We have done it better and continue to improve daily.
What do you wish people knew about Lighthouse who might be hesitant?
When I started working in this field, my father told me to “never forget that these families are trusting you with their most prized possession… their loved one.” I make sure that all staff carries that philosophy with us every day.