Joseph Kertis is an experienced healthcare professional and journalist. He is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) through the Louisiana Department of Health and a former Registered Addiction Specialist with over ten years of experience in substance abuse treatment. His career began at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Louisiana, and within a decade had become the Clinical Director.
By working with clients directly in his early years, Joseph gained an in-depth understanding of the mechanics of addiction. This knowledge allowed him to excel in achieving breakthroughs with clients who were struggling and wanting to leave treatment, a skill that was later invaluable in case management. He is also trained in crisis prevention and intervention.
Joseph lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and son. His experience in the field of substance abuse and addiction recovery provides a unique insight into one of our nation's most challenging epidemics. He utilizes this knowledge in his writing to give an expert viewpoint that spreads awareness through education. His writing has been featured nationwide.
Joseph is experienced in:
- Acute clinical care- Joseph began his career in substance abuse treatment with a CNA certification he still maintains today. Despite not working direct care anymore, he’s always prepared should help be needed. Joseph worked in a detox unit for four years while gaining invaluable experience helping patients get through drug withdrawal from many different substances. He’s also performed many successful interventions for people who are still drug-free today.
- Intake and Assessment- After his time helping people through detox, Joseph wanted to help people make the decision to take that first step. So, he began answering phones and helping them through the intake and assessment processes. This allowed him to learn how to help people stay committed to their decision and place them in the right level of care for their needs.
- Case Management- As the clinical director of a holistic treatment center, Joseph learned the other side of substance abuse treatment. Here he gained years of experience in addressing the core issues the underly substance abuse. He also became expert at identifying patients who weren’t progressing or committed to treatment and getting them back on track.
- Education- Joseph has been leading seminars and life skills workshops throughout his entire career in the substance abuse field. This includes authoring blogs and sharing informative stories from his own experience.