Medical Reviewer: Deborah Montross Nagel

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Deborah Montross Nagel has been working in recovery treatment since 1982. She specializes in working with those in recovery, their loved ones, and those affected by substance abuse, either now or in the past. Deborah is very behavior-based and focused on getting out of the immediate crisis rather than trying to analyze what caused the crisis while the issue goes on. She uses 12-Step programs as an essential part of recovery, both for substance abusers and their loved ones.

Deborah has a Master’s Degree from Lesley University and has been certified as an Addictions Counselor in PA since 1986. She is currently a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor – CAADC. She is  nationally certified as a MAC – Master Addictions Counselor – by NAADAC (The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors). Her 37 years of experience and education are in addiction, recovery, and codependency. Addiction affects the entire system around the addict. There is no “bad guy” in the system. Fight the addiction, and help the addict. I help loved ones restore sanity to their lives and hence encourage change. Recovery is possible!

Deb has practiced in public, private, and correctional settings with adults, adolescents, families, couples, and individuals. She has trained hundreds of treatment professionals and educators through Project CARE and at Community Service Foundation, the PA Dept. of Education and as faculty at Bucks County Community College. Additionally, she is a Department of Transportation-Qualified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) and a Nuclear Regulatory Commission Qualified-Substance Abuse Expert. She currently has a private counseling practice in Perkasie, Pennsylvania. She can be reached via her website, www.debnagel.com.

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