Dr. Wade has extensive training and work experience in the field of addiction. His clinical understanding of addiction is informed by his experience as a physician working with opioid addicts through the Veteran’s Administration and private treatment centers in the Greater Los Angeles Area, but he also understands addiction from the perspective of a researcher and scientist. While employed at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine, he conducted clinical trials developing medications to ameliorate drug craving among addicts and is a published author on the epidemiology of addiction.
His passion for recovery stems from his own personal struggle with addiction in his early life. Since 1998, he has been involved 12-step communities in California’s Central Valley, the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Orange County. His experience with addiction and recovery have spurred his professional interests and fostered a dedication to addicts and alcoholics who continue to suffer. In pursuit of this calling, Dr. Wade co-founded Crescent Moon Recovery (CMR). At CMR, he brings vast experience, both professional and personal, to create a model for treatment that incorporates the best aspects of the conventional treatment model with evidence-based interventions and novel adjunctive therapies.
Dr. Wade attended college at UC Berkeley where he graduated with high honors and two undergraduate degrees. He then pursued his studies further, earning his MD from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. Subsequently, he underwent training at UC Irvine Medical Center where he completed his preliminary residency in internal medicine and then continued on to receive specialty training in neurology.
Doug’s calling to help others struggling with addiction came from his own experience in treatment and recovery. His unique contribution to Crescent Moon stems from decades of experience as the founder and president of another successful business headquartered in Seattle, at which he supervised over 200 employees. Unlike others who enter the addiction treatment field through a background in behavioral health, Doug brings leadership experience and vision to Crescent Moon he developed through extensive lived-experience. He has a deeply-seated commitment to helping addicts and alcoholics with co-occurring disorders and ensures that under his leadership, Crescent Moon Recovery provides the highest quality of care to men and women suffering from these conditions.
Ian is our Director of Operations but he wears many other hats around the office. Ian will tell you though his most important duty is making sure that all of the staff and participants have everything they need in order to be set up for success. Always going the extra mile to make certain everyone feels welcomed and appreciated. Ian comes to us from Texas where he worked in Construction Management. After battling Alcoholism since his years of adolescence, Ian was able to make it to Recovery. He has found a greater purpose in life by helping others through such troubling and pivotal times. His position with Crescent Moon Recovery optimizes his ability to manage operations on a day-to-day basis but more importantly use his platform to help as many people as possible.
Beth is a certified yoga instructor who uses her mastery of restorative yoga, to teach participants how to cultivate healing and recovery through the concerted actions of mind and body. Beth’s style of practice promotes healing by releasing tension stored deep in the body's connective tissues. From the physical release of this deeply-seated energy follows a concomitant release of psycho-emotional energy, complementing the program’s clinical efforts to uncover any repressed memories and emotions that drive maladaptive behaviors. After class, participants report feeling more connected and at peace with themselves. Beth's classes as among our participants' favorite each week.
Justin is a certified CADC-III SUD counselor and received his Associates Degree in Alcohol and Drug Studies from College of The Desert as well as his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Cal State Fullerton.
Justin has worked in recovery since 2013 and has developed a strong sense of compassion and empathy towards his clients and the problems that substance abuse creates in their lives.
Justin specializes in 12-step modalities and has a passion for assisting others on their recovery journey. Through his personal experiences and continued ongoing education and training, Justin strives to assist clients in making recovery a reality.
Carli started her life living under a bridge on the Southside of Houston, Texas. She was surrounded by drug use and poverty. She eventually asked Ian to sponsor her and moved into his apartment for sober living. Carli’s recovery has a strong emphasis on 12-treat programs and a dedication to comforting others. She is a loving and calming presence around the office but she also loves to go on outings with the participants. Specifically to the dog beach. Carli is a great example of discipline and compassion for our community members and overall just a really good girl.
Jeff is our Admissions and Social Media Coordinator. Jeff has been one of the brightest spots of our program because his success story starts with us as a client. Jeff grew up in Connecticut where he found his love for athletics and marketing. He struggled with drug and alcohol abuse from an early age. Jeff was in and out of treatments all over the country as he struggled to find the solution. Today he lives his life in the solution and commits most of his free time for service work.
RADT certified, Ben’s Music Therapy program combines his passion for music, and desire to help others achieve new levels of being in tune with themselves. These therapeutic, creative, and positive outlets have transformed the lives of everyone who has taken part. Ben has brought his music therapy program to a multitude of Detox/Residential and IOP facilities, where he is the head of his own songwriting groups. Through Ben’s Music Therapy Groups, participants learn to better manage stress, reduce anxiety, and minimize depression by stimulating the mind to trigger images, metaphors, and emotions in a less threatening way. Songwriting allows for the client to explore and process difficult emotions and experiences utilizing a more creative approach then traditional talk therapy, increasing self-esteem/self-worth in the process. The practice of turning pain into art is therapeutic and not only helps participants in the moment, but provides a positive outlet that they can lean on throughout their lives.
McCabe is one of our facilitators who leads Art Therapy. She is a mixed media artist who has been helping people find their creativity for over 20 years. Specializing in process over product, McCabe creates an atmosphere where clients can safely explore and express their creative side. Mistakes are not only allowed but encouraged. With the intention of giving clients a fresh perspective of the arts, she hopes they will use creativity as part of their recovery program for life.
Cindy Connelly is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been Clinical Director at several treatment centers over the past 20 years in addition to maintaining a private practice in Mission Viejo, Ca. Prior to her LMFT licensure, she had a business career in the insurance industry managing others for more than 25 years. After engaging in her own therapy and experiencing the life changing results, she left her corporate job and returned to school, earning her Masters Degree at Chapman University, all while raising her 2 boys as a single mom.
She brings a unique set of skills to Crescent Moon Recovery, incorporating her management and clinical experience over the years. Her treatment philosophy is reflected below:
“We must believe in others until they can believe in themselves. Addicts are not defective. They are wounded individuals that lack the coping skills to address the stressors of daily living. Our role is to meet them where they are and assist them in understanding why they use drugs/alcohol as their main coping mechanism. Once they understand this, we can individualize their plan to give them the tools they need to live productive lives.”
Cindy is empathetic, caring, and compassionate about what she does. Her desire is to impact those struggling with addiction and mental health issues, addressing unresolved childhood trauma/grief and their impact on addictive behaviors. Her work with Complex PTSD in a co-occurring disorder treatment setting is guided by SAMHSA Trauma Informed Care guidelines, working with all employees in creating a safe environment that allows for in-depth work. “Connection is the correction.” She has been a member International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies for more than 15 years and continues to keep abreast of the latest research regarding addiction and trauma.
“When we become aware of our unconscious processes, we can change how we interact with the world and can gain a sense of mastery over our lives.”