Program DirectorNew York“Whatever will motivate them to remain in treatment and remain engaged in the process, we will give it a shot. We realize they’re going to make a lot of mistakes, so patience and tolerance is supreme here. We never give up on them. We meet the kids where they’re at, challenges and all.”
Since 1996, Dan Boylan has helped people in need find substance abuse treatment and care.
Dan first worked in the field of substance abuse treatment as an admissions representative and therapy coordinator with Seafield Center. He helped clients transition to treatment, organized recreational therapy, and worked directly with clients, family members, hospital units, and drug courts.
Dan went on to become a senior relations representative and acted as a liaison between Seafield Center and other referring agencies. He always stayed involved in clinical care, however, by coordinating education training seminars, doing workshops, and giving lectures to students about alcohol and drug awareness. He also participated in monthly aftercare workshops for clients.
From there, Dan became regional service coordinator for CRC Health, coordinating aftercare referrals and helping clients navigate the insurance system. He eventually filled a similar outreach role for Phoenix House before he was appointed to director of Phoenix House Academy in Wainscott, New York.
Dan says Phoenix House Academy’s small size makes it possible for staff to mentor clients and really get to know their needs and goals. “Everybody here knows everybody—the clients know the staff, and the staffers know the clients inside and out,” Dan says. “They come to rely on the staff as mentors.”
Dan says he loves the energy of the youth and helps them focus that energy on positive activities, such as volunteering with the elderly or engaging in healthy recreational activities, like basketball tournaments at Madison Square Garden. A believer in early intervention, Dan works to help adolescents realize they can make better choices.
Dan has seen clients leave the program and continue their recovery journey by attending meetings and twelve-step programs, enrolling in college, and reunite with their families. Phoenix House helps clients start a new path by helping them study for the Regents exam or a GED and by referring them to aftercare. “Whatever will motivate them to remain in treatment and remain engaged in the process, we will give it a shot,” Dan says. “We realize they’re going to make a lot of mistakes, so patience and tolerance is supreme here. We never give up on them. We meet the kids where they’re at, challenges and all.”