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Richard Salazar

Richard Salazar

Richard Salazar: The Powerful Medicine of Personal Transformation

Richard brings over six years of invaluable treatment experience to Adelante’s leadership team. Beginning his career as a technician at the very same detox center where he achieved sobriety, Richard affirms “I fell in love with helping people the same way they helped me when I was a client.”  This deeply personal introduction to the field ignited Richard’s passion for helping others in their recovery. The most cherished part of the job for Richard is hearing from past clients about the positive changes they’ve made in their lives. These stories of betterment are the driving force behind his dedication to the field, offering him a genuine sense of fulfillment, purpose and the pride of being of service. 

Marked by multiple relapses, Richard’s own battle with substance abuse instilled in him a great sense of humility and empathy for those facing similar challenges. This empathy, combined with his genuine talent as a communicator, make Richard a highly effective counselor. Of particular value to Adelante clients, is Richard’s innate gift for understanding the human condition in relation to addiction. His ability to relate and communicate the essentials of recovery effectively resonates even with the most resistant states of mind. A talented speaker, Richard conveys a sense of safety and relevance in his groups which help his recovering audience listen, engage and get the most out of group experience.


Originally from Fresno, California, Richard traded in the hot and dry weather of central California for the wet and cool Seattle, Washington, before finally settling in Southern California to focus on his recovery and to develop his career in a supportive environment.

Family is the cornerstone of Richard’s life, shaping his values and guiding his decisions. His home life is shared with his beloved “son,” Hector, a 3 1/2 foot Green Iguana, reflecting Richard’s nurturing side. Outside of his professional endeavors, he enjoys cooking, reading, and playing video games. Richard possesses a keen fascination with psychology, an area that ignites his mind and passion for learning. This passion extends to the small yet significant joys of sobriety—good food, friends, and treating his family with kindness—elements that Richard holds dear.

Driven by continuous growth, Richard aspires to return to school to pursue a Ph.D. in psychology. His approach to earning the respect of clients is rooted in honesty and transparency, principles he considers essential for fostering mutual respect.

Richard Salazar’s story is one of personal realization through a commitment to helping others. From his own experiences as a client to his role as a caregiver, Richard exemplifies the impactful role that personal transformation can play in enriching the lives of others.

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With an uncompromised focus on client care and staff care, Bill brings over 15 years professional treatment experience to Adelante’s leadership team. Building from over a decade of director level management with Detox and Residential operations, Bill helped co-found Adelante Recovery Center and currently serves as both operations and program director for the facility. 

Empowered by his own journey of recovery, Bill strives to lead by example, maintaining the highest degree of compassion and professionalism for the clients under his care. With an earned reputation as a trustworthy and respected leader, Bill’s management style is one of support and service to the team while promoting physical, emotional, and spiritual health for allclients and staff. 

Through his experience as a Certified Addiction Counselor, Bill’s approach to client care is about understanding the person first, and then treating them. In his own words, “It’s extremely important that we deliver dignity by listening, seeing, and appreciating our clients as individuals first, and then creating a treatment plan based on that unique understanding.” 

As a core belief, Bill is passionate about the welfare of families and deeply concerned about the disintegration of the family unit in society. He sees the healing and unification of families as a crucial part of recovery and works tirelessly toward this goal.

In his leadership role at Adelante Recovery Center, Bill is known for his humility, non-judgmental character, and ability to meet clients where they are. His approach to earning respect is rooted in understanding and acceptance, making him not just a leader but a source of hope and inspiration for many. 

Bill’s past as an all-star baseball player was cut short by his addiction, but that hasn’t dampened his love for sports. Today, he is an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys, the Dodgers, the Lakers, and the Kings, finding joy and relaxation in the thrill of the game.

A native of Orange County, Bill is a family man at heart, cherishing his time with his daughter, niece, and granddaughter. He enjoys the company of his beloved pets, Baxter the dog and a ragdoll cat, reflecting his warm and nurturing personality. Outside of work, Bill is dedicated to maintaining his physical and spiritual health, often found at the gym, enjoying a healthy diet, and attending church.

With a past that saw him overcoming personal challenges, including a journey through addiction and recovery, Bill has emerged with profound understanding and empathy for those he serves. As the team leader, Bill’s humility and non-judgmental character resonates throughout Adelante Recovery Centerempowering the staff and the clients they serve.