Drawing upon online platforms such as #Altsober, a NYC community of people devoted to ending the stigma related to addiction while welcoming a safe place for people to be open about their recovery, and Medium, a publishing platform covering a variety of topics including addiction, sobriety, and recovery, Jackie Chicaguala will lead group members in an engaging discussion of weekly readings. The goal of #Altsober is to provoke new ways of thinking about living without drugs and alcohol and managing the daily struggles and joys of recovery through the personal essays of others who are on the same journey.
Jacquolyn Chicaguala, MHC-LP is a Mental Health Counselor with experience providing treatment to those with co-occurring mental health diagnoses and substance use disorders. She has worked in a variety of settings including, community treatment programs, school health programs and rescue missions. Her approach is person-centered and incorporates evidence-based practices from multiple modalities to provide multicultural competent care. Focusing on helping her clients build awareness and understanding around their relationship with substances and/or alcohol while developing healthy alternative coping skills. Jacquolyn graduated from Pace University with a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and from CUNY Brooklyn College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Sociology.