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Terry Patton

Terry Patton

Terry Patton - Personal Survival Becomes a Professional Duty

Serving as the Director of Admissions and Marketing, Terry brings over 30 years of management and a decade of professional treatment experience to Adelante Recovery Centers. A former producer and filmmaker before his addiction, Terry holds an AA degree in liberal arts and a BA in Film from the University of California, Berkeley. 

As a recovering addict himself, Terry has witnessed, firsthand, how addiction can relentlessly and viciously destroy the lives it touches. Perhaps the most impactful chapter in Terry’s journey came after rebuilding his entire life from the wreckage of addiction only to be destroyed twice  over again in relapse. Witnessing and surviving such an impossible experience has instilled in him an unshakable commitment to making a difference. 

In his role in admissions, Terry finds great purpose in providing help to addicts and their families during their most vulnerable and chaotic moments – when first reaching out for help. The opportunity to guide people who are lost and suffering towards hope and healing is profoundly rewarding for Terry, and a responsibility he sees more as a duty than a career choice. 

Hailing from Southern California, Terry’s roots are firmly planted in the Inland Empire. Although he spent time in the Bay Area during his film school years, he returned home to establish a life with his family, remaining close to his loved ones. He shares his life with his girlfriend and teenage son, his beloved dog Blue, who played a pivotal role in his early recovery, and his rescued cat Loki. 

Outside of work, Terry enjoys spending time with his family, building things with his son and staying creative with videography using his coveted new drone. Proudly, the Patton family embrace their inner geek, finding fascination in all things tech and science including a passion for Star Wars and Marvel. He along with his family find great inspiration from the world of art music and photography. 

With a passion for psychology, especially adolescent mental health, Terry is an outspoken advocate for a greater, more informed, more evolved and more effective mental health system in our country. To this end, Terry hopes to continue his education at some point and earn his PhD in psychology.

When it comes to earning the respect of clients, Terry’s approach is simple: to be the same as they are. In his own words, “I was traumatized by the destructive force of my addiction. I had no idea that I was capable of such self destruction, such horrible behavior and yet be so powerless to stop it no matter who I hurt or how much I suffered. We all deserve a chance at renewal and reclaiming our lives.” 

Informed by this traumatic experience, Terry approaches his clients as a judgeless fellow addict, fostering self-forgiveness and as much human decency as possible. “I am just like them—a good person battling a difficult situation, and with help, they can get through it.”

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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.