Red Oak Recovery Appoints Maureen MacConnell, MSN, PMHNP-BC, APRN, MA Clinical Psych, to Program Director of The Willows at Red Oak Recovery

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MacConnell will serve as Program Director of Red Oak Recovery’s holistic, integrated women’s program, The Willows at Red Oak Recovery

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Maureen MacConnell, MSN, PMHNP-BC, APRN, MA Clinical Psych, has joined Red Oak Recovery, a clinically intensive, adventure-based, drug and alcohol-treatment program for young adults, ages 18 – 30, to serve as the Program Director of The Willows at Red Oak Recovery, a women’s recovery program that is a trauma-intensive, addiction, and mental health treatment center.

MacConnell, a specialist in clinical psychology, psychiatric mental health, family psychiatry, and women’s issues, was drawn to Red Oak Recovery’s authentically rooted individualized and comprehensive care for clients and families on the journey of recovery. She was also drawn to the team of recovery professionals who help sustain and consistently revitalize the Red Oak Recovery environment. MacConnell noted that, “seeing dedication in action allows us to recharge, to focus our intentions in a place that benefits each other and the people we serve.”

Her vision for The Willows at Red Oak Recovery is holistic and dynamic, a place where her many skills can flourish. Maureen is enthusiastic about this program, which “provides choices for women in recovery, not only choices within a therapeutic model, but how to make informed decisions about their inner growth.” She understands that, “the most impactful way to set this standard of care is through an environment that is as supportive as it is consistent, providing education, safety and empowerment.” MacConnell believes that ascribing to principles in recovery, making it personal, “is what makes a woman responsible for its cultivation and accountable for its sustainability.”

In addition to clinical treatment, service projects and experiential wilderness therapies like backpacking, white water rafting, and rock climbing, Red Oak clients receive a minimum of 20 hours of clinician-led sessions (which include 3-4 individual sessions), as well as psycho-educational, topic focused, 12-Step group and individual sessions.

“Maureen is a tremendous talent, and we couldn’t be happier that she has joined the team,” said Red Oak Recovery Chief Executive Officer, Jack Kline, MS, LPCS, LCAS, CCS. “She brings a sophisticated clinical perspective that enhances the trauma intensive, integrated care model that we utilize.”

MacConnell received her Master of Science in Nursing, with a specialization in Family Psychiatric-Mental Health degree from Yale University School of Nursing and is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Her experiences in the fields of psychiatric nursing, substance abuse counseling, community and family health contribute to her abilities in directing a dynamic and holistically-based recovery program for young women. To MacConnell, holistic recovery “is the capacity for a person to be seen as an individual. There are so many components that make people who they are, and that is why recovery is so unique to each person. There may be commonalities to how we heal, but the process itself is a personal journey in self-discovery. You begin to understand your strengths and limitations, and the balance between the two.”

MacConnell moved to Western North Carolina because she was searching for balance. “There is nothing more powerful for me than helping others, but I’ve realized that restorative balance resides in nature,” said Maureen. “I use it to recharge, to remind myself that there is always something larger than my thoughts. There are so many things that fill my soul. Learning, family, and maintaining my health ground me so that I’m able to put into practice the knowledge that I impart to others.”

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Red Oak Recovery is located in the pristine Blue Ridge Mountains, just north of Asheville, NC, and is the result of extensive experience and research for developing highly effective programming to create a foundation of long-term recovery for young adults. The program uniquely blends quality clinical care, adventure therapy, experiential therapy, 12-step work and social skills development to create positive, lasting change. For more information, visit RedOakRecovery.com.

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