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Austin Recovery Begins Search for New CEO

Fr. Bill Wigmore
CEO of Austin Recovery

When I landed in treatment many years ago, one of our first assignments was to write our own obituary and read it to the members of our group. The exercise was meant to shock our inflated-alcoholic-egos with their near universal tendency to think of ourselves as being so very special, perhaps nearly “god-like” and therefore “indestructible.” It was also meant to help us sort out the things in life that are really important to us and for which we would want to be remembered. Nearly 40 years later, some of those same feelings came back to me as I sat down to write this month’s article.

God willing, I’ll reach age sixty-five later this year; and while I hope to enjoy quite a few more 24-hours before visiting the undertaker, I know that after sixteen years at the helm of Austin Recovery, the time is right to step down as President and CEO. In India, after a man has performed most of his life’s work, mastered a trade or profession and raised his family, he’s then encouraged to become what they call “a forest dweller.” It’s an opportunity to go into the forest and focus on the deeper meaning of things without all the daily distractions that forever keep us from finding what our lives are really all about.

When I announced my decision to my volunteer board of directors late last year, I asked them if I might stay on in the “Austin Recovery Forest,” perhaps in the role of chaplain and community representative where I wouldn’t have to worry so much about business and finance, and all the personnel and treatment issues that naturally go along with running an agency this size. When they knew I was serious they finally agreed; but only on the condition that I help them in the search for my replacement. So you can see what I’m up against in this job; the work is simply never done!

But since I’ve been writing this monthly article for Recovery Today for several years now, and since my board has encouraged me to continue writing my monthly column, I thought I might ask you readers for some help. Perhaps you, or someone you know, is ready for my job. If you do know such a woman or man, would you please help us find them? Austin Recovery’s been helping men and women find new and sober lives since 1967 and now it needs the right leadership to help guide it for many more years to come. This is not just another treatment center and we’re looking for someone who will make a real difference. Here are just a few of the things the successful candidate will find waiting at AR:

An agency committed to providing working families with truly affordable and quality care - (Thirty days of residential treatment is priced at just over $5,000.)

A staff of nearly 140 dedicated men and women, delivering some of the most compassionate and effective treatment in our field -

A program solidly rooted in the 12-Step philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous using both evidence based and cutting-edge, experience-based treatment models

A 21-member board of directors that fully supports us in our mission - (Our board donated over $3 million to our recent Capital Campaign. Go team!)A 28-bed detox unit with round-the-clock nursing staff and a board-certified addictionolgist as our Medical Director -

One of the few treatment programs that allows women to bring their children with them into treatment at our Family House -

Four beautiful Austin campuses spread out over more than 60-acres – all with gender specific treatment – (Take a virtual tour on our web site.)

Over 2,000 clients that come to us each year from throughout Texas and are now finding their way to us from California to New York -

Below in the ad on this page you’ll find the full position description with all the bells and whistles and who to contact. Please help us find the right woman or man for this unique and very important position. Like most things in life, we’ll try our best to find him or her; but in the end, it’ll probably turn out to be “a God thing.” Meanwhile, I’ll continue to keep watch here at the helm until my relief comes - but I’m keeping my loin cloth in my pocket and my eye on the forest too. God Speed!

About the Author

Fr. Bill Wigmore is CEOof Austin Recovery. A complete copy of this series is available at www.austinrecovery.org. Send comments,questions and treatment scholarship donations to:
Fr. Bill Wigmore, CEO /Austin Recovery / 8402 Cross Park Dr. / Austin, Texas 78754 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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