When taking the big step to seek help for an addiction, you deserve help from a team that understands what you’re going through and will be fully committed to helping you. The staff at The PAC Program knows how effective long-term treatment for addiction can be because many of them have benefited from it themselves. We know what it’s like to be trapped in the addiction cycle and how important it is to have a dedicated support team guiding you as you make your way through the recovery process.
One thing you can expect from each member of the team is focused attention. We care about our clients’ recovery and stick with them every step of the way. Our residents know that when they’re going through a difficult time, a compassionate, non-judgmental ear is nearby to help them through their struggle. Our unique, dedicated approach to recovery has helped hundreds of young addicts turn their lives around and start living life to the fullest.
Click the profiles below to learn a little more about the members of our team. Our staff has helped hundreds of others dealing with addiction and will provide you with the same commitment and support that has benefited so many others!
As someone who has been involved in recovery for several years, Andy serves as a study in practice of the various opportunities that await you after recovery. Andy’s path will not be the same as everyone who strives for recovery, but it serves to show that life can take drastic turns for the better once you’ve tackled your addiction head-on. Andy’s experience and commitment to recovery play a large role in helping out patients get there.
Nick Adams has been with The PAC Program since 2014 and has been working in this field for over 11 years. Working a variety of different positions throughout his time and Blueprints has given him a unique opportunity within the organization. Nick strives to foster open and honest communication with clients and families. Nick is passionate about helping people get their lives back on track and is a strong believer in people getting a second chance.
Before becoming the Medical Director at The PAC Program, Dr. Terry Vaughan spent over a decade practicing addiction psychiatry in Prescott, AZ. Dr. Vaughan’s previous position was Medical Director of West Yavapai Guidance clinic, where she helped countless people with their journey to recovery. She is experienced in treating patients dealing with mood disorders, anxiety, substance dependence, developmental disabilities, and psychotic disorders.
Dr. Vaughan is board certified in Psychiatry to work with both adults and adolescents. She is a member of the American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association, and in 2009 she was one of the 41 psychiatrists in the nation to receive the “Exemplary Psychiatrist” award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI). Her compassion and expertise are a tremendous asset to both staff and clients of The PAC Program.
For over 30 years, Dr. Ruzzo has been a therapist, teacher and consultant in all aspects of substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders. Although he is well versed in both classical and post-modern treatment interventions, he specializes in co-dependency, family, and trauma-informed therapies. Dr. Ruzzo obtained his doctorate in Clinical Counseling, Teaching and Supervision from Trevecca Nazarene University, is dually independently licensed in both substance abuse and mental health, and resides with his wife in Prescott, AZ
Erik Ramos started working in behavioral health as an EMT in a detox and found a calling in helping people on their path to recovery. Erik has worked in behavioral health for 5+ years holding different roles as an EMT, Residential Staff, BHT which have all led to the role of becoming Housing Director. Erik enjoys the availability his job allows to interact 1 on 1 with the clients daily and see how they are progressing in their day to day recovery. Erik enjoys working out and helping the clients learn that physical fitness is a positive outlet. In his free time Erik works out and enjoys working with his hands.
Shay Shapiro holds a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Somatic Psychology from Prescott College, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies focusing on Somatic Psychology and Ecopsychology from Western Washington University. In addition, Shay is adjunct faculty for Prescott College, located in Prescott, AZ, teaching in their Master of Science in counseling program, focusing on teaching counseling students about the implications and effects of trauma on the body-brain system, disseminating cutting edge research on the neurobiology of trauma, addiction, and unsustainable socioeconomic forces.
Prior to joining the The PAC Program team, she has worked in the field of substance abuse for both men and women, and as a clinician and case manager in a community mental health setting serving adults, families, and children both individually and in groups who were challenged with severe mental illness, substance abuse, and socioeconomic disadvantages.
Shay’s counseling approaches honor the whole self of the client and the community in which the client is embedded. She is trauma-informed, client-centered, and community-focused, recognizing the efficacy of supporting a client in utilizing their strengths as coping skills, their wounds as teachers, and their authentic voice and growing fellowship to grow into responsible and caring human beings who want to build a better and more socially just world.
Lastly, Shay’s 12 years of professional experience as a licensed massage therapist and somatic educator brings to her therapeutic approach an understanding of how psychological and physiological effects of sustained stress and substance abuse will show up in the body. This unique experience adds an element of utilizing assessment of a client’s posture, gait, vocal tone, and physical expression as a healing and guiding tool. She is honored to work with her clients and support their journey back to wholeness and sobriety.
Blueprints realized than an Adventure Therapy program would greatly improve the quality and diversity of care that we can provide to our clients, and Ben Willis is exactly the person we need to make this happen. Ben attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and has extensive experience as a lead guide in adventure-based therapies. He is a certified Wilderness First Responder, an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, and is in the process of obtaining ACE Canyoneering Guide Certification. Based on his own personal and professional experience, his treatment philosophy is simple: “In order for people struggling with addiction and co-occurring disorders to maintain long-term sobriety, they must first do extensive work on themselves and, ultimately, learn how to have fun and enjoyment in a life of sobriety.”