Roxanne Ellington, Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist
Roxanne has twenty-seven years of experience in substance abuse counseling. She has been doing this work at Duke for twenty-three years. She is licensed by the State of North Carolina as a Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS) and she is an Internationally Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICAADC). She is a licensed substance abuse counselor through the State of North Carolina. Prior to being at Duke she worked at the Foothills Area Program for Substance Abuse in Morganton, North Carolina. She developed the Woman’s Place, one of the first substance abuse programs for women in western North Carolina. She co-designed and implemented overnight retreats for female inmates at Black Mountain Correctional Center. She has been on the United Way Speakers Bureau and has been active in substance abuse education in Durham County schools. She devotes half of her time to the current Intensive Outpatient Program, and her duties there are intake, individual counseling, family counseling, and oversight of educational groups.
Roxanne talks about some of the successful patients and residents who have made the work so rewarding, about the sense of family that comes with the program, and about how she has been a catalyst for change in other people’s lives.
Roxanne speaks about losing former patients to overdose and suicide over the years and about the devastation and soul searching that resulted from the one fatal overdose that occurred while a patient was in the program.
Roxanne talks about her own history with alcohol, her realization that she was an alcoholic, and her path to recovery that ultimately led to her work as a substance abuse counselor.