Interview With Valor's Executive Director

By The Valor Team
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 8:02 am in
Misty Long

Misty Long, Executive Director, discusses her vision and goals for Valor Recovery Center.

The biggest lesson I have learned is that people have inside of them everything they need to change.

Misty Long, Executive Director, Valor Recovery Center

Q: As Executive Director of Valor Recovery Center, what vision do you have for the Center?

My vision for Valor is to offer a full continuum of care to help fight the disease of addiction.  I am committed to ensuring that we have a highly qualified, trauma informed staff who can best serve the needs of our community.  I envision Valor being a leader in the community for true person centered, quality care.  Everyone deserves a chance to recover and gain back their life.

Q: What impact do you think Valor Recovery Center will have on the community?

I believe Valor will have a significant impact on the community in that we are able to offer 60+ beds for residential care upon state certification.  It seems that there are plenty of opportunities for outpatient treatment but limited availability at times for residential care.  We will be able to offer this level of care as part of our continuum and I believe this will create successful outcomes.

Q: Give us a background on your Behavioral Health experience that qualifies you as Valor Recovery Center’s Executive Leadership?

My background in addiction and mental health started in 2004 when I worked in a Methadone Maintenance program as a substance abuse counselor.  This is where I found my passion for working with individuals suffering from the disease of addiction.  From that point on, I focused my education and my career choices to meet the needs of this population.  I have 14 years of experience working with a variety of mental health and addiction issues and have worked with adolescents through older adults.  

Q: Please tell us a little about you that isn’t on your resume?

Well, that’s an interesting question!  I have a 3 year old little girl who is my love and my life.  I spend most of my time outside of work doing research to complete my PhD but my main focus is my daughter.  She is so full of life, energy, and personality – she is a wonderful motivator and inspiration in my life.  She helps me to keep everything in perspective and keep moving forward even when things get tough. 

Q: What is the biggest lesson you’ve taken with you in your practice?

The biggest lesson I have learned is that people have inside of them everything they need to change.  It is our job to help them recognize and manifest this, but it is not our job to tell someone else how to live their life.  I always try to remember that, although I may have licenses and a formal education, this does not make me wiser than the person I am working with regarding their life and what is best for them in their situation.  Quality of life is relative and different for each person.  It is our job, as professionals, to find out what someone’s ideal for their quality of life is and to help them reach that place.