Working from his desk at the Prescott House, Tim is prepared to answer the difficult questions surrounding addiction and treatment. His understanding tone and individual approach develops candid conversations within each and every phone call. Prescott House is proud to introduce Director of Admissions, Tim Scanlan, a breath of fresh air with an open line of communication.
“Many times it is the family calling, who is scared for their loved one. They want to get the best help possible. Sometimes they don’t know where to look for that. I try to help them through this process and reassure them they are not alone throughout all this” – Tim Scanlan | Director of Admissions
Who He Speaks With
Oftentimes it can be a referring therapist on the other side of the line, calling on behalf of their current client, needing extended care beyond a 30 or 45-day primary facility. Sometimes it is the individual themself calling at a time of desperation. “Many times it is the family calling, who is scared for their loved one. They want to get the best help possible. Sometimes they don’t know where to look for that. I try to help them through this process and reassure them they are not alone throughout all this”, as Tim shares who he speaks with the most.
Turning Recovery into Passion
Tim has found helping others in recovery to be a calling. Establishing his own sobriety through Prescott House’s program in 2014, he admits, “I wasn’t the model client but that’s what made me realize how important the work that Lincoln, Colten, and the other therapist’s is. Having them invest that much time and effort in not just my recovery but the others I went through the program with, that meant a lot to me. The life-skills and recovery tools I learned really set me up for success.” Opening up this way speaks volumes to his determination to help others.
Following this passion, he has thrived in multiple roles at Prescott House. As Behavioral Health Residential Supervisor from 2016 to 2018, he gained in-depth knowledge of the clinical aspect of the program. During this time he was also helping individual clients in recovery on a day-to-day basis. Taking this passion a step further, in 2019 he graduated Summa Cumme Laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Human Behavior. Now utilizing this professional experience, advanced education, and personal interest, the position as Director of Admissions, made a perfect fit.
Articulate, Empathetic & Concise
Articulating how important the long-term effectiveness of our program is Tim’s goal. Speaking to a mother regarding her son’s addiction, he asks, “How long has your son been dealing with these issues?” Clearly empathetic he continues, “I’m very sorry to hear he and your family are going through all this. Would you like for me to explain our program to you and how we can help your son?” The answer is a profound, “YES.”
Here is how he is able to address many topics within a concise conversation, “We are a state-licensed, male-only, long-term residential treatment facility. The typical length of stay is 3 to 6 months. Many have found our program effective for longer stays and we discuss this on a case-by-case basis. This gives our therapists the time to really work with your son on the underlying issues of his addiction. By integrating responsibilities and implementing the tools he will learn along the way.” He continues, “while in our program he will establish the life-skills needed to be self-sufficient and maintain sobriety. Tools like; maintaining a budget while grocery shopping; cooking and cleaning; working part-time while also attending meetings and groups. This process is aimed at reacclimating him into a productive member of society and learning how to develop and follow a schedule.” This straightforward approach really emphasizes the reason why Prescott House is a Nationally Recognized Treatment Facility.
Following up to this conversation, Tim along with our clinical team has created digital forms of our Program Guide, Family Contract and Brochures to send via email. These materials aim to help referring parties and families to make an informed decision.