Individuals that are creating big changes in the world of addiction recovery are those who have faced the battle themselves and use those experiences to help others in their recovery process. One person that has dedicated his time to help people reach sobriety is Peter Schorr.
As the founder and CEO of Retreat Behavioral Health—with a goal to, “…provide our patients with a peaceful, serene and therapeutic enclave to being their lives in recovery”—Peter Schorr uses his over 30 years of experience in treatment of alcohol and drug abuse to not just focus on getting individuals through physical recovery, but mental recovery as well. We were fortunate enough to connect with the CEO about his company, discovering more about what Retreat Behavioral Health is about and his personal connection to a journey to sobriety.
Soberocity[S]: What is the mission that Retreat Behavioral Health stands on?
Peter[P]: Our mission statement is: To provide compassion, respect, and acceptance to individuals, families, and the communities we serve.
[S]: Can you tell us a little about your own journey to sobriety?
[P]: My story is very similar to many; got sick of feeling not only physically beat down but mentally too.
[S]: You stated that you have a huge interest in impacting and informing the youth about sobriety and mental health—why? What’s makes connecting with our youth population about sobriety and mental health so important?
[P]: Being a parent can be as rewarding as anyone can imagine. Seeing families destroyed by addiction and mental illness is heart breaking. Education is very important on both topics to both children and parents.
[S]: How much has your life change since you decided to become sober and also helping others become sober?
[P]: Everything changed in my life. I not only became honest with other people, I became honest with myself. Instead of running and hiding from problems I face them head on.
[S]: Is there anything about your past you would change in regards to your prior addiction? Why or why not?
[P]: Of course. I would change some of the bad decisions I’ve made in my life. But obviously they have made me who I am today.
[S]: What are some of the tactics that Retreat Behavioral Health uses in order to see progress in all its participants?
[P]: We don’t use tactics; we treat everyone as an individual; no two people are the same. We use a holistic approach.
[S]: What do you believe is the key as to why Retreat Behavioral Health is so successful?
[P]: We are successful because of what I said earlier: we treat people as individuals, and our staff is the most caring and dedicated people I have ever met.
[S]: Are there any hardships that you face with participants of Retreat Behavioral Health? How do you overcome them?
[P]: I’m not sure what you mean by hardships; I think suffering from a disease like Substance Use Disorder or any mental health disorder is a hardship enough. We are here to make a difference.
[S]: Are there any experiences/knowledge that you take from going through a sobriety journey that you utilize in Retreat Behavioral Health?
[P]: Of course. Most of everything I do in my life is what I’ve learned along my journey. I can tell people I did it, you can too.
[S]: What are the next steps for Retreat Behavioral Health? What do you see in this company’s future?
[P]: Our immediate future is opening our newest facility in New Haven, Connecticut. We have also been very active in being a community resource for our neighbors; our family support groups are open to the public. We are also very active in educating the public and bring awareness to these terrible disorders. We want people to know there is help; we want to be a resource and referral source to those in need.
With the continued expansion of this company, Retreat Behavioral Health is impacting the world of recovery one individual at a time. Focusing on physical and mental health, Peter Schorr and his team have created an environment in which people aren’t just getting help, but getting knowledge too.
“What we’ve been successful in doing is making our services more available in different communities; we’ve become a resource for that community. Not that people have to necessarily come to us for treatment, but they can come to us to simply as questions. Last month we had a panel discussion, with a lot of young people asking questions about mental health. We want to educate the public; we want to get the message out that you aren’t alone, and these are the resources that you can tap into to get what you need and make sure you’re okay. It’s amazing to have seen a 14-year-old get up in front of 500 people and talking about their depression, where do they go for help, who do they talk to, and listening to them it’s simply amazing.”