“Your Success is Our Mission”
Full Recovery Inc. specializes in producing permanent, positive behavioral changes in recovering alcoholics and addicts. Our exclusive “Full Recovery” program is the new paradigm for achieving a successful life in recovery. Our diverse team of Psychiatrists, MD’s, Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LCADC), NJ Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CADC), Registered Nurses (RN) Certificated NJ Education Professionals (M.ED), Master of Social Work, (MSW), Master of Business (MBA), holistic service providers and certified Full Recovery counselors is led by best-selling recovery author and activist Brian McAlister. Our outstanding staff each averages over 25 years in recovery time, bringing unique skills from a variety of disciplines. Each staff member offers a unique perspective on the disease of and it’s ramifications. Our highly qualified staff offers innovative solutions for building self-esteem, spirituality and sobriety through education, motivation and dedication. We produce life changing results in the clients we serve.
President and CEO – Brian McAlister
Sober date: August 2, 1990.
Brian’s commitment to helping others recover from addiction and reach their full potential is his life’s mission. From a low-bottom unemployed alcoholic and addict to leading a workforce of 1,800 people producing nearly half a billion dollars in annual sales is just a small part of Brian McAlister’s journey. Husband, father, entrepreneur, best-selling recovery author and coach, Brian subscribes to the spiritual axiom that with God all things are possible. He maintains an active role in the recovery community through his workshops and as a sought-after motivational speaker on the subject. These accomplishments are an example of the miracles that have taken place in Brian’s life. Miracles he believes can be taught, learned, and duplicated.
Vice President, Steve McAuley
Following a successful career as a Wall Street trader, Steve took on the biggest challenge of his life; he got sober. To the casual observer Steve McAuley was incredibly successful. He enjoyed a 24 year Wall Street career, a beautiful family and material comforts. Entertaining, partying, sporting events; were part of the lifestyle, but addiction is no respecter of socioeconomic status. Slowly addiction began to take over Steve’s life. Finally he hit a personal bottom and was forced to confront his substance abuse. Steve’s sobriety led him down the pathway to a new vision of success as an executive sober coach and rehab/detox MHA. With the newfound freedom Steve has found in sobriety, he has rediscovered the joy of living. His passion for excellence along with his business experience gives him the insight needed to connect with today’s business leaders who find themselves struggling with substance abuse. He understands the process required to trade addiction for inspiration and transform liabilities into assets.
EVP of Marketing, Rory McAlister
Today’s substance abuse epidemic won’t be solved by doing more of what hasn’t worked in the past. The Full Recovery proprietary program of action provides fresh solutions to meet today’s challenges. Rory is currently developing innovative marketing campaigns to bring the Full Recovery Wellness Center into the consciousness of both the substance abuse industry and to those who are looking for holistic alternatives to traditional treatment options. Rory McAlister is an extremely well-versed marketing professional, with experience that spans print, digital, digital OOH, experiential marketing, social media and a wide array of innovative non-traditional media platforms. Prior to Full Recovery, Rory spent years in media industry aiding in business development initiatives at Adweek, The Wall Street Journal, and Touch Tunes Interactive. He also served as the Entertainment Chair for the Digital Placed Based Advertising Association from 2010 -2012. Rory holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in field of Corporate Communications from Elon University, NC.
Medical Director, Dr. Constantine Diakolios
Full Recovery Wellness Center is proud to have Doctor, Dino Diakolios or “Dr. D.,” as he is affectionately known, as our Medical Director. Dr. D is Board Certified in Addiction Medicine, Internal Medicine and is Board eligible in Rheumatology. He is New Jersey’s premiere Opiate Addiction Medicine Specialist. Dr. D has served as the Medical Director of Summit Oaks Hospital Detox, Bergen Regional Medical Center Acute Ambulatory Addiction Services, New Jersey’s largest detox, and has overseen the detox of 20,000 plus alcoholics and addicts. Dr. D’s compassion for his patients and commitment to long-term recovery is unmatched in the addictions field.
Clinical Director, Otto Williams
Therapist Otto Williams leads the Full Recovery Clinical staff. Otto has dedicated his life to helping people battling addiction. He personally participates in developing a customized treatment plan for each client. By integrating clinical expertise, recovery principles and spiritual concepts, Otto provides Full Recovery clients the skill-set needed to live an addiction free lifestyle. Otto’s group classes are legendary and designed to encourage honesty, participation and change.
Training Director, Brian Ford
Brian Ford brings a level of maturity and diversity of experience to the Full Recovery team, that is truly unique in the recovery field. Air force Vet, Sergeant NYPD, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and energy healer, made Brian the right choice to lead the Full Recovery Badge of Honor Law Enforcement Outpatient Treatment program.
NOTE: This program does not interact with other clients at Full Recovery and is for Law Enforcement members only.
Addiction Therapist, Kate Bowden
Kate Bowden is a native New Yorker, Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Hunter College, Bachelor of Art in Psychology summa cum laude. After spending ten years in advertising as an Account Executive, she earned a master’s degree in social work from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Work, where she is currently an Adjunct Professor. Ms. Bowden’s clinical experience includes serving at the New York City Police Department as a Certified Employee Assistance Professional, which encompassed clinical social work and credential alcohol and substance abuse counselor services. Kate assists Brian Ford in the Full recovery Badge of Honor Program. She has been a consulting therapist at The Freedom Institute. Ms. Bowden comes from the New York Center for Living from Caron Treatment Centers where she served as Director of Special Projects in New York and Bermuda, helping launch Caron’s Bermuda outpatient chemical dependency facility treating adolescents and adults. Previously, she served as Executive Marketing Specialist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Director of Marketing in the Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical Center, assisting in creating comprehensive inpatient chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders programs, respectively. Ms. Bowden did post Masters psychoanalytic training at the Training Institute for Psychoanalytic Theory and has co-authored field literature in Women, Trauma and Addiction.
PTSD/ Addiction Therapist, Brooke Kennedy Cashion
- MA-Clinical Counseling, BA-Psychology, EMDR Specialist
Brooke Kennedy Cashion is passionate about ensuring that when her clients are in treatment, that they are set up for success. Noticing that when her clients in recovery got sober, many were managing symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; she learned how to apply EMDR to addiction issues. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is one of the most studied and effective treatments for anxiety and PTSD. Brooke has been practicing EMDR in the addiction field since 2001.
Brooke received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Susquehanna University in 1996. She earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling specializing in addictions from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2001. Beginning her career as a counselor at Mrs. Wilson’s Halfway House, her clients were her best teachers of what people with addition truly need to do to maintain a sober lifestyle. Watching their miraculous transformation in a few short months proved to be very rewarding. She took these concepts to work at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Counseling Center, as an Intensive In-Community home therapist to families struggling with obstacles to care and private practice. As a yoga teacher and an avid learner of Energy Psychology, Brooke utilizes all these modalities to address underlying traumatic issues in a safe and comfortable way.
Holistic Nurse, Louise Umberto, RN
- HN-BC, RN-BC, Consulting Hypnotist, Meditation Specialist,
Louise Umberto is a compassionate healer. Her credentials as a HN-BC, RN-BC Holistic Nurse don’t begin to scratch the surface. Louise is a teacher and practitioner of energy therapies such as healing touch as well as Full Recovery’s Consulting Hypnotist and Meditation Specialist. Louise combines spiritual principles with medical skills and holistic practices to help transition clients into a new productive life in recovery.
Addiction Therapist, Joyce Flowers
- LSW, LCADC
Joyce Flowers is a Licensed Social Worker as well as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Joyce has come to Full Recovery following years of non-profit work at various social service agencies. Her last position was as a Substance Abuse Counselor in a hospital-based Behavioral Health Unit in Newark, NJ. Ms. Flower’s commitment to excellence and education has been on going and she recently earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work. She demonstrates her empathy, compassion, and solution-focused abilities in her interactions with clients and their families. Ms. Flowers ‘facilitates the Full Recovery Wellness Center Family Group Counseling Session on Monday nights, which is frequented weekly by our clients’ parents, siblings, significant others and spouses.
Administrative Director, Sharon L. Weed
- AB, Certified Recovery Coach
Sharon brings not only experience, but an innate passion to her role at the Full Recovery Wellness Center. . Having been a member of 12 Step Programs for over thirty years, Sharon felt she had more to offer the recovery community… That is when she decided to get certified as Full Recovery Life Coach. Her goal at Full Recovery is to give each client an opportunity to grow and succeed on the road of recovery. With her degree in business Management, entrepreneurial experience and 12-step back round Sharon has been a welcome addition to the Full Recovery Wellness Center. From the client’s intake and throughout their treatment, her job is to assist the each client in transitioning into life in recovery one day at a time.
Asst. Administrative Director, Amanda Fiumefreddo
- BA, CADC Intern
Amanda Fiumefreddo is a Psi Chi graduate from Ramapo College of New Jersey, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Magna Cum Laude. She is currently working towards her certification as an Amanda Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC Intern). She also completed internships at a nursing home, conducting stimulating mental activities for the residents and at Chapel Hill Academy, where she interacted with students struggling with developmental and/or mental illnesses. Amanda believes that there is always a solution that can be achieved through hard work and dedication.
Operations Coordinator, William K. Weiss
– BA, CADC Intern
At Full Recovery Wellness Center, we believe that the miracle of recovery can be taught, learned and duplicated; which makes us especially proud to have Mr. Weiss serving as our Operations Coordinator. Affectionately known as “Bill W,” he was one of Full Recovery’s earliest clients. Since transforming his life through his own recovery, Bill has decided to give back to program that helped him by assisting others achieve the same success. Bill is currently working towards his certification as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor. As a successful graduate of the Full Recovery program Bill is uniquely qualified to share his experience, strength and hope with current clients who are working through the challenges that come with early recovery.