Portland Sober Living Company Staff
Darla Weybright (far left in picture)
Director of Admissions and Outreach
BLVD's Big Brother/Sister Coordinator
Darla Weybright understands much more than many people do the pain of watching your loved one get sicker and sicker and being powerless to stop the addiction. As a family member Darla knew that recovery could save her loved one and after years of hope and disappointment her family member was brought to recovery. This experience and her genuine, good spirit has made her a beloved member of Recovery BLVD and Portland Sober Living Company. Darla is the Mother of two children, Claire and Carter. They are known to be laughing and playing in the hallway outside her office. Darla believes children are a vital part of recovery not only for their parents but for the community as a whole. Darla says, "Whether it is children's parents that are in recovery or it is just the other people who get to see them engage and experience life it is the fun, playfulness of children that can heal the soul."
Darla places men and women into one of the gender specific 4 houses located in Portland, Oregon. Darla will interview potential residents and then determine housing needs, providing the perfect fit for each client. Darla is an advocate for families who want to empower but not enable their loved one. Addiction and "Alcoholism is a family disease," she says, "we all need to be taught how to best love, support and uplift our loved one."
Darla is also the Big Brother and Big Sister Program Coordinator at Recovery BLVD. The program engages a stable senior peer in being of service and lending a hand to the newest member. Darla feels it is important to foster mentorship and relationship between the Clients. She says that Clients need to see that they can stay sober and watch a person who has been where they were now succeed.
Darla maintains close contact with all the Sober Living Homes by weekly walk throughs and meetings with staff and clients. Her dedication to the mission of Recovery BLVD has shown that all people need to embrace and understand recovery.
Benjamin Albritten, CRMi
Men's Housing Lead
Manager of Mt. View House
Mentoring Services for Men
Treatment and our sober livings are important because they build community. Through Recovery Blvd Treatment Center and Portland Sober Living Company I have developed a thriving support network of young men and women with the same goals and aspirations I have. Addiction is hard, but having a supportive community around me makes it so much easier.
One of my main focuses of working with men is to help them talk about/express their feelings in a healthy manner. Men in our culture are taught to push their feelings down and never show emotion. This is not conducive to recovery because it builds lowliness and feeds our destructive patterns. My goal is to show compassion and empathy to all my men, helping them learn to cope with difficult feelings and express emotions in a healthy way.
I am passionate about my life and my recovery, which is now built on helping others.
Recovery has brought me a life I never thought was possible. I struggled for many years with depression and addiction to substances. At times I felt hopeless. But with the loving community and foundation I have built with BLVD treatment and sober living, I have the tools to thrive in sobriety. I am authentically happy and excited for my future.
Assistant House Manager at Hamilton
Assistant House Manager at Mt. View
House Manager of The Lighthouse