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We will help you pull back the veil of hopeless addiction to reveal a new life beyond your imagination.
Backed by our knowledge, professionalism, and 354 years of staff sobriety, we can get you started on your recovery journey. We use time-tested as well as innovative evidence-based treatments combined with compassion to give people new hope and help them be honest with themselves. With honesty as your foundation, we can help you open up, face your fears, and build confidence, allowing you to get to the heart of your addiction and begin recovery.
Our team has helped thousands of people see the light of recovery since 1983. You should be the next person to call us. The choice to change your life starts with a simple phone call. It’s time for you to make a “New Beginning.” Call one of our compassionate admissions counselors now. 406-453-5080.
Dr. Brice Addison, MDMedical Director
Dr. Addison attended Mayo Medical School and Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine. He is board certified in internal medicine and addiction. Dr. Addison has worked in long-term care since 1984.
He is also a member of the Great Falls Symphonic Choir and the American College of Physicians. When he has free time, he enjoys skiing, hiking, mountain biking, bicycling, opera and the symphony.
It is never too late to be what you might have been.
Mary Gray, Family Nurse PractionerInternal Medicine, Primary Care
Mary Gray is a Family Nurse Practitioner in Great Falls, Montana. She graduated with honors in 1988, and has more than 29 years of diverse healthcare experience. Mary is affiliated with many hospitals; including Benefits Hospitals Inc. and Great Falls Clinic Hospital, and cooperates with a variety of doctors and other providers.
Mary provides invaluable medical evaluation and treatment services to the clients at Rocky Mountain.
It is not how much you do, but how much love you put in the doing.
Barry Blenis Executive Staff
Both Barry and Jeff were raised in upstate New York. Barry was a dear friend of Jeff’s parents, and later developed a close friendship with Jeff.
Jeff started his career working in the hospitality field in Florida, while Barry planted roots in the banking field and became involved in many benevolent organizations, including Capital City Rescue Mission in Albany, New York. www.capitalcityrescuemission.com
In 2008, Jeff went through a debilitating divorce and moved to Montana to start a new life. “I know what it is like to lose everything, start over and go to a place of humility.” – Jeff
Barry was there for Jeff every step of the way. Over a span of fifty years, they remained close friends. In 2015, they found an opportunity to combine their interests, expertise, and passions at Rocky Mountain Treatment Center.
Through a channel of heart, hope, honesty, and compassion, three years later they continue to help guide people from the darkness of addiction to the sunlight of the spirit.
Treatment never fails . . . But it doesn’t always succeed . . . For Treatment to be successful it must be received.
Marcie DardisBoard Member
As an alumnus of Rocky Mountain Treatment Center, and someone who has been in recovery for over 34 years, I realize the importance of Rocky Mountain.
I am a Licensed Addictions Counselor and a Licensed Practical Nurse. I worked at Rocky Mountain for over 30 years, starting out as a Treatment Assistant and later becoming a Counselor. I also worked in Washington state at an adolescent addiction intervention center.
Working in the addiction/behavioral health field is my passion. I serve on the Board at Rocky Mountain Treatment Center to ensure the clinical integrity of the program.
Barry DardisBoard Member
My son was in recovery at 16 years old, and -- I was still drinking. I had to quit. I went through treatment at Rocky Mountain Treatment Center in 1984 and have been in recovery ever since. My first year in recovery I did not attend AA. I was in a men’s prayer group and thought that could replace AA. When I attended my first AA meeting the man chairing it said, “Spirituality will save your soul; AA will save your sobriety.” From then on, I have attended meetings regularly.
I worked in the telephone business all my life, consulting and managing. I now give seminars on inductive interference.
Addiction is powerful and baffling. It affects people regardless of their social status. I see it over and over.
My mission as a Board Member at Rocky Mountain Treatment Center, is to make sure it continues to be an asset for addiction recovery for our community.
Addiction affects people regardless of their social status.
Scott Jaynes - LACClinical Director
I am a Licensed Addictions Counselor and the Clinical Director at Rocky Mountain Treatment Center. In 2005, I graduated from the University of Great Falls with an associate’s degree in Addictions Counseling. I began working at RMTC about six years ago. I truly believe this is my calling. To watch a person work through their fears and see the change happen in their eyes is truly a miracle and an inspiration.
I know what hopelessness and apathy feel like – there is nothing left in the tank -- when you are so lonely that it physically hurts. I have also experienced the other side, the side of recovery -- the feeling of peace and serenity.
Our program is 12-step based, which I am very passionate about. It is a design for living that brings about hope and purpose.
There is nothing so bad that a drink or a drug will not make worse.
Jessica Shortridge, LAC, PATH CertifiedEquine Therapy Counselor
I have always loved horses. I am a Licensed Addiction Counselor, and a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor. Individuals who come through Rocky Mountain Treatment Center’s program fail to see the blind spots they have been living in. Horses help them to become honest with themselves, shortening the honesty cycle portion of addiction treatment.
I am an addict. I have been clean and sober for over ten years. The external motivator for me to get help was almost losing my son. I am continuing to work my individualized recovery program. I take much to heart; I hate this disease, but addiction recovery is a real thing. My favorite part of my job is working with fresh/raw addicts and watching them find hope again.
I practice what I preach; I do not ask my clients to do anything I would not do. We get out of our comfort zone together. I have a reputation as a hard ass, but an awesome one. I feel blessed to “get” to live the American dream.
She had so many lies built up; she forgot how to be honest. Our Equine Therapy taught her how to be honest again.
Terrie Sandstrom, LACFamily Programs Counselor
I have worked in several treatment programs around central Montana over the years. I first started working at Rocky Mountain Treatment Center in 1996 and have been engaged as a counselor off and on over the years. I currently am the Family Counselor for Rocky Mountain.
I first became aware of the process of the family program when I participated in it with a family member. During the program, I was able to identify my own alcoholism and sought treatment for myself.
After 33 years as a counselor, it is still imperative to me that the families of addicts/alcoholics get help to understand the disease of addiction. It also benefits the individual in treatment if the family has a better understanding of the recovery process and the resources available for their loved one.
It is encouraging to see more acceptance of the fact that addiction is a treatable disease.
Cody Pardue, LACAddiction Counselor
I hold an associate’s degree in addiction counseling, a bachelors in psychology, and I am currently working on my master’s degree in mental health.
I chose this profession because I feel it is my purpose to be a messenger and advocate for addiction. After relapsing in 2009, I knew I was heading back to my old behaviors and needed to reevaluate. From that time on, I have been in recovery.
I love working for Rocky Mountain Treatment Center. I enjoy the intensity of the treatment, the philosophy of the Center, and the opportunity to continue learning.
Patience is the companion of wisdom.
Trudy J. Nelson,
I am passionate about serving individuals and their families suffering from the disease of dependency. I believe in one alcoholic/addict helping another.
After entering the Army, during the Viet Nam era, and completing my basic training, I completed medical corpsman training and laboratory technician training. The next few years I sowed some ‘wild-child’ oats and had a good start on my secondary ‘career’ as a budding alcoholic.
“It was a dark and stormy night . . .” No, it was an early morning on a Thanksgiving weekend and looking at the left-over bottle from the evening before, I got scared. I asked for help that day. That was a few ‘today’s’ ago, and by the grace of my Higher Power, I remain abstinent from alcohol and other mood-altering substances.
I believe in what I do!
There is hope for anyone who seeks help!
Maureen A. McInnis, MS, LCPCMental Health Counselor
As a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor I bring an emotional intervention aspect to the recovery process.
My focus is to assist clients to recognize and heal from their Grief, Trauma, and Shame. Teaching Forgiveness so individuals can let go of damaging anchors and recover their better self. Helping participants recognize that they are loveable, it is their behavior that is destructive.
I bring 30 years of community mental health, private practice, family therapy and mediation services to the Rocky Mountain Treatment Center program. I have degrees in Recreational Therapy, Education and Counseling.
Choose Yes, Choose No, Choose not to choose. Either way YOU Choose.
Kelly Wichman LPNNursing Supervisor
I started working at Rocky Mountain Treatment Center in 2015. I am very passionate about changing the world’s view of addiction. I believe addiction is a disease and not a moral defect. Addiction is not a choice – recovery is.
I have been in recovery for almost seven years. Today, I am no longer paralyzed by fear. My desire is to help people find out who they are as individuals. This is a blessing for me – I get to know the real you.
We have great programs to assist in helping people become honest. Our group therapy enlightens them to their addiction by being able to see the disease through the others in the group. I love anything related to mental health and am passionate about studying human behavior.
I am free from the chains which bound and imprisoned my soul!
Sasha Cook, RNNursing
After becoming a Registered Nurse in 2011, I worked in a Transplant Intensive Care Unit for several years. After witnessing the horrific effects that drugs and alcohol have on the bodies of addicts, I chose to work in a field that would help prevent people from the tortures of continuing down the path of addiction.
It is my goal to ensure health and safety, especially during the detox period. I support each client through the transition of withdrawal in a relaxing stress-free environment.
I started working at Rocky Mountain Treatment Center in 2014. Since that day, I have found joy in being part of a team that helps offer people a second chance in life.
My goal is to help each client transition through their withdrawal in a relaxing stress-free environment.
Betty Smith, RNNursing
I worked for Rocky Mountain Treatment several years ago, I am back, and I love it. I love what happens here.
After being in the profession for over 26 years, I find joy every day in helping people help themselves. I treat every person who walks through our doors as an individual.
Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.
James WintersCase Manager
I oversee collecting information to help each individual in treatment, and their family, receive the services they need to promote quality, effective addiction treatment. I am the single point of contact for many of our services. I do more than coordinate, consolidate and organize the individual’s treatment plan. As the Case Manager, I do all the continuing care planning for clients and help locate Sober Living Homes and other aftercare resources. My favorite aspect of my job is interacting with each individual client – I get to share my story and give them hope.
I have been sober for 17 years. I struggled with addiction for almost 15 years. It landed me in prison. I credit my mom for giving me the foundation of faith. Without my faith to call on in my darkest hours, my life as an addict may have continued.
I love what Rocky Mountain Treatment Center offers. I love that I get to offer my knowledge, experience, strength, and hope to others struggling with addiction.
I had to be caged up with no way out – to surrender to my addiction.
Chris VermillionTreatment Assistant Supervisor
Almost six years ago, Rocky Mountain Treatment Center saved my life. In 2012, hopeless and lost I came to treatment here. I was tired – finished. My counselor asked whether I wanted to live or die. RMTC helped me realize; I wanted to live. The staff showed me more love than I had ever felt in my whole life. I am truly blessed to get to work here and pay it forward.
After my completion of treatment, I was looking for a job. I was first hired as a housekeeper, worked my way up to maintenance, Treatment Assistant, and now, I am the Treatment Assistant Supervisor. Rocky Mountain Treatment Center taught me to look for all the little miracles out there.
Look for all the little miracles in life!
Amanda KellyTreatment Assistant
Both my parents have been in recovery for 35+ years. Therefore, I have been around addiction recovery my entire life. I went through Rocky Mountain Treatment Center’s in-patient program in 2015. It was not until I surrendered to the AA program that I was able to begin my journey to recovery. I have been sober ever since. I hold a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management and a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting.
I am blessed to get to witness the transformation of people from broken to inspired – to see lives rebuilt. I love what I do!
Pain is a necessity for growth – walk through it or get stuck.
Joe ClampittTreatment Specialist
I went through treatment at Rocky Mountain Treatment Center three years ago. It was life changing. I felt safe here, and my counselors were loving and caring. If I can recover, anyone can recover.
I want to give to others; inspire hope and compassion. I want to help you recognize each accomplishment, see the positives in life, and change your old negative way of thinking. You are worthy of recovery. Along with keeping myself right, my passion is my daughters.
If Nothing Changes, Nothing Changes!
Anthony JamesTreatment Assistant
I am a night-shift treatment assistant at Rocky Mountain Treatment Center. I enjoy my job more every day.
My recovery story is my dad’s recovery story. My memories of my father started after he went through treatment. He has been there for me every day of my life. If he would not have gotten clean and sober, who knows if I would have had a father growing up. I am proud of my dad and everyone who walks through our doors..
Besides my job, like my dad, I love to drive fast cars. You can find me most summer nights at the racetrack.
My recovery story is my dad’s recovery story.
John ZollingerTreatment Assistant
I came to Great Falls, Montana searching for a different way of life. The only life I knew was a life of drugs and alcohol. I was running from that life. However, it was not until I ran to people who could help that I could start my recovery process.
I have been living a clean and sober life for over seven years. I want to tell my story to our clients and help them trust that they too can overcome addiction.
At Rocky Mountain Treatment Center, we care about you!
I was trying to run away from my addiction.
Mary BlackDirector of Admissions / Financial
I spent six great years in the Air Force as a Medical Administrator. I have more than 25 years working in the medical field providing customer service, management, medical billing, coding and assisting families in need.
I am passionate about working with individuals and families who are seeking help with addiction. Treatment is as much for the family as it is the individual. In many cases, it is a family member who makes the initial call. Here at Rocky Mountain Treatment Center, we compassionately listen to their needs, from there we can help start the journey to recovery.
People do not find addiction – addiction finds you! We may not be your first treatment center but hope to be your last.
Mel SykesUtilization Case Manager
I am a retired Laboratory Technician/Manager of the United States Air Force. I provide exceptional service with a positive work ethic. I take great pride in my position overseeing the Managed Care Department – conducting utilization reviews, verifying insurance eligibility, and processing client claims.
I am above all a family man, happily married with two beautiful daughters.
If you Believe, you can achieve it!
I have been in the bookkeeping field for over 20 years and employed with Rocky Mountain Treatment Center for a little over a three-year period.
I have been involved with a variety of businesses doing books. I love working at Rocky Mountain Treatment Center, seeing people getting help with their addictions through all the different programs that are offered. It is life changing to be a witness to the hope our facility provides.
I love working with people who love what they do and are passionate and committed to helping others find the light.
Strive for excellence, not for perfection, because we don’t live in a perfect world.
Cheryl VoellerAdministrative Supervisor
I am the Administrative Supervisor, Process Improvement Coordinator and Human Resources Director at Rocky Mountain Treatment Center. I hold a Bachelor’s in Psychology from MSU-Bozeman. I started my career as a counselor at a large children’s shelter and assessment program in Northern CA. It was there I discovered my passion for Residential Facilities Management.
After moving back home to Great Falls in 1994, I continued my residential facilities career in Assisted Living; opening, marketing and administrating residential care facilities for seniors. I joined the Rocky Mountain Treatment Center’s team in 2014 as the Process Improvement Coordinator and, within a few months, I accepted additional roles. I absolutely love working for Rocky Mountain Treatment Center. My responsibilities at Rocky are a combination of my favorite duties throughout my career!
Although what I do here is ‘behind the scenes’ of our clients’ treatment, I love being a part of RMTC’s fantastic team; helping to ensure a very high-quality treatment program for our clients.
Happiness is an inside job. Never assign anyone else that much power over life.
Teresa AppelwickAdministrative Assistant
I was born and raised in Northern Minnesota, which is distinctly different from Southern Minnesota, I refer to it as “God’s Country.” I went to college at Mesabi Community College and a veteran. I hold a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Public Relations and Marketing.
I enjoy time volunteering with crisis populations and community enrichment programs. Our work at Rocky Mountain Treatment Center changes the lives not only of the person here but every life they touch from here on out.
I believe family first, and motherhood as my priority mission.
I enjoy being the support staff – a caregiver of caregiver, of sorts.
Vicki WarbisHealth Information Manager
I am the matriarch of Rocky Mountain Treatment Center.
In 2008, I put the Medical Records Department together at Rocky Mountain Treatment Center. I am Health Information Manager, Quality Assurance, and HIPPA Security Officer.
I have a Associates of Science with emphasis on nursing, Associates of Applied Science in medical transcription, and a Certificate in medical coding.
Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.
Sarina Hernandez MorningTreatment Assistant
When I finished High School, I thought I wanted to go into the criminal job field. Shortly after, I decided to changes routes. I found the medical field to be interesting not to explore. I became a CNA and worked alongside my mother who is a nurse. I later started working as a Treatment Assistant at Rocky Mountain Treatment Center.
My brother was a full-blown addict for over 16 years. He was in and out of prison. If he had not received treatment, he would have lived his life locked up behind bars. I wanted to be his support system. I applied for a job as a Treatment Assistant at Rocky Mountain Treatment Center. Today, he is a business owner and in recovery. Whenever he feels down, I give him inspiration. I want and need to make a difference in the lives of people struggling with addiction.
I saw the impact addiction had on our family.
Rick SearsKitchen Supervisor
I am the Cook Supervisor at Rocky Mountain Treatment Center. I have been in the cooking industry for so long. I refuse to give the number of years in fear my age will be revealed.
Many people who go through addiction treatment, are under- nourished and under-weight. They become more appreciative of food. It gives me much satisfaction putting out good food. I enjoy their feedback – it makes me feel appreciated.
When not in the kitchen, I like mountain biking, hiking, and taking photos in Montana’s outdoors.
Addiction wreaks havoc on the body’s ability to absorb nutrients.
I was born and raised in Asia. My parents were missionaries, so I was blessed to travel and experience many different places. I went to school in a jungle in Malaysia.
I started working at Rocky Mountain Treatment Center, two years ago. I like the satisfaction of cleaning. I look forward to coming to work. The staff appreciates what I do. I feel my job matters.
In my spare time, I love to silk paint, dabble in the arts, and hike.
I feel like I matter!
When families are at the end of their rope, I will go the extra mile -- as I drive across the state to pick up clients in need of transportation to Rocky Mountain Treatment Center.
I am the “Messman,” of the center . . . Always improving the look and feel of the building. In my free time, I love to ride my motorcycle
The best pillow is a clear conscience.
Love never fails,... but it does not always succeed. In order for love to be successful, it must be received.
Are you willing to receive?
Have you lost hope? Our staff is here to help you find hope.
Are you ready to receive?
Can you answer this question honestly? Do you want to get well?
Are you willing to receive?
You are more blessed to give then to receive, sometimes for us to be a blessing to others we must receive.