At Harbor Village, our commitment to addiction recovery goes beyond basic care and treatment. With many of our employees in recovery themselves, we understand what this journey means and what sobriety can offer on a deeper, more personal level. We take the time to understand each client’s journey and experiences because many of us have been there, too. That includes Cynthia Ingram, our aftercare coordinator who celebrates 26 years of sobriety this October.
Over two decades of sobriety is an impressive feat, but Cynthia has reached this milestone with grace and fortitude that begets her, all the while helping others in their first steps of recovery.
Born from her compassion as someone who has been on the other side of the recovery process, Cynthia began her career in addiction recovery just as she was transitioning out of a halfway home. Beginning as a Behavioral Technician she learned the ins and outs of the recovery process. Under the guidance of a mentor, she moved through the ranks to work in admissions, office management, and case management. After briefly owning and managing her own sober living homes, Cynthia returned to the treatment side of recovery to join our team as a case manager before being promoted to Aftercare Coordinator.
With 26 years of sobriety and a wealth of knowledge under her belt, Cynthia Ingram is a force to be reckoned with here at Harbor Village. Though she has a tender place in her heart for all of her clients, her approach to recovery is straightforward and direct- you definitely won’t get away with simply going through the motions with her.
“I’m going to love you where you need to go,” she said when asked about how she handles even her most difficult cases.
Ingram is definitely a presence that demands respect without forgetting her own roots in recovery.
“I’m 62 years old and I’m just finding my purpose.”
So what is that purpose here at Harbor Village? Besides being a down to Earth and relatable mentor who will steer you in the right direction, she is also a group facilitator, leading two of our newest groups: one for music appreciation and dance, and the other for artistic expression. Both help to occupy the mind and teach means of healthy creative expressions; the music appreciation group also has added health benefits as she- a trained dancer in her own right- teaches a variety of dance styles.
“People were hesitant to participate in that one, but by the time they returned to housing, they were practicing the steps and moved I’d taught them. That felt really good because I could see how I was getting through to them.”
Though Cynthia’s path may have begun in a dark place, her light and warmth now helps to guide others walking the path she once took 26 years ago. It’s only fitting, given her favorite quote:
“The journey continues; we are all miracles.”