#TransformationTuesday: Case Manager Cynthia Ingram!
It’s Tuesday and all of our social media platforms are about to be flooded with #TransformationTuesday posts with old baby pictures, high school yearbook photos, and other nostalgia-inspiring posts. While we certainly enjoy revisiting those moments, we wanted to utilize this #TransformationTuesday trend as a means to inspire and encourage others. That’s exactly what Cynthia Ingram has been doing for the past 20 years as she works in the addiction recovery industry, and for the last 21 years as a person in recovery.
Over two decades of sobriety under one’s belt 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 with Challenges, 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 eventually her current occupation as a case manager. She would also go on to own a series of halfway houses, though they are unfortunately no longer operating.
At 58 years old and with 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 58 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 case manager 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 21 years ago. It’s only fitting, given her favorite quote:
“The journey continues; we are all miracles.”
Have your own story of redemption and transformation? Submit it now for a chance to be next week’s #TransformationTuesday!
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About the Author
Alexandrea Holder is a South Florida native working toward double Master’s degrees in Psychology and English. She finds the psychological aspects of addiction and mental illness fascinating, as both are prevalent in her family’s history. When not researching and spreading addiction awareness, Alexandrea enjoys sparring, artistic pursuits, and admiring puppies online.