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Silver Hill Hospital

“The brain is a very resilient organ, and it’s going to heal for almost everybody.”

Chad McDonald, LADC

Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor

“The brain is a very resilient organ, and it’s going to heal for almost everybody.”

Guiding healing down a healthy path is what keeps Chad McDonald up at night running the Evening Intensive Outpatient Program for adults recovering from addiction and, more than likely, a co-occurring mood disorder like depression, bipolar disorder or anxiety.

Chad, a Licensed Alcohol Drug Abuse Counselor (LADC), also runs part of a four day family program, on the topic of brain chemistry, and leads a smoking cessation program.

“In the beginning of healing, patients’ brain chemistry is shifted out of whack,” notes Chad. “My job is to help patients come to the realization that their current thinking process may be leading them in the wrong direction.”

Chad describes his evening outpatient program as a month long, three nights per week, group treatment regimen “that is designed to supplement a person’s twelve-step recovery program.”

“A great evening,” Chad says, “is when patients can get to a point where they see something they never saw before, and they’ll often say that this was really helpful. That’s what lights my rockets.”


Master of Arts, Education, Southern Connecticut State University; Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Sociology, Defiance College


Licensed Alcohol Drug Abuse Counselor, The Center for Addiction Training

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