Executive Director, ASUDC, NCAC
For 19 years Bret has been creating a space of healing for those with addiction challenges. Currently the Owner and Director of Lighthouse Recovery Support Center, Bret spends his days with families and individuals struggling to make sense of addiction and how to work through it together. He established Lighthouse Recovery Center in February 2009. Bret has been successful in creating a space of healing, empathy and transformation for those individuals seeking change in their life Bret has worked both with residential and outpatient treatment centers. He chose to focus his time and energy utilizing outpatient Support services, based on his years of experience he has found that individuals ready to step into a new improved way of living can be successful while maintaining the positive supportive aspects of their current life situation. “we all have strengths to support or authentic self” He is driven to assist in finding those attributes in every person.
Additionally, he is an experienced Interventionist, working with individuals and families in the first critical steps to recovery.
Bret is also an avid water sports enthusiast. He is a certified scuba diving instructor who enjoys boating, fishing and water skiing. More recently he has found a passion for the game of golf. He also loves spending time and traveling with his partner and her beautiful grand-babies.
Bret has been engaged in his own recovery for over twenty three years and has a compassionate and direct approach to the recovery process.
Support Staff, CSW, ASUDC,
Debbie has worked in the Substance Abuse field for over 14 years. She worked at a residential substance abuse treatment center for over eleven years. She also worked in a mothers and children’s residential substance abuse treatment center and in a sober living facility. Debbie is also in long-term recovery herself and has been active in 12 step recovery service for over 19 years. She and her husband currently take a 12 step meeting into the Utah State Prison every week. Debbie uses her recovery experience as an example of hope for all of the people she works with.
Debbie is currently in her senior year of the Bachelors of Social Work program at the University of Utah. She has made the Dean’s List every semester and is eligible for the advanced standing Masters of Social Work program which she can complete in one year. She is also a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success.
She enjoys spending time with her hubby and two Border Collies, Roscoe and Benson. She loves to travel, cook, spend time with family and friends, and practice random acts of kindness.
Michael Tragakis Psychologist, PhD
Michael earned his doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Utah in 2006. He has worked at the VA hospital in the homeless program and currently works as a psychotherapist specializing in interventions for SMI (i.e., serious mental illness) and severe emotional deregulation (e.g., BPD). He is experienced in a number of evidence-based psychotherapies, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depression (IPT) and Social Skills Training (SST) for SMI. He takes a strengths-based, recovery-oriented approach in his work with substance use disorders and mental illness. Michael also specializes in leading interpersonal process groups and is enthusiastic about conducting such groups at Lighthouse.
On a personal note, Michael enjoys hiking, running and good food (especially ethnic food!). He ran his first marathon in April and has another one planned for September of this year.