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September 05, 2019 Press Release

The Lighthouse Recovery 365 Appoints New Executive Director

Ms. Cynthia 'Cini' Shaw as Executive Director of The Lighthouse Recovery 365.

The Lighthouse Sober Living and Recovery 365 is pleased to appoint Ms. Cynthia 'Cini' Shaw as Executive Director of The Lighthouse Recovery 365.

The Lighthouse, a premier provider of recovery services including sober living and recovery coaching for men and women, is excited to support Ms. Shaw as she leads the growth of The Lighthouse Recovery 365 recovery coaching program, serving tri-state men and women in all stages of recovery from substance use disorders.
Shaw explained: "I am honored and grateful to lead the incredible team at The Lighthouse Recovery 365, and to have the opportunity to develop a continuum of recovery and wellness services within the tristate area. We will support individuals as they learn to live their recovery, providing true recovery coaching. We partner with individuals and families to offer support and continuity when a recoveree needs it most: the first 365 days of the journey."


Shaw continued:"I have spent the past four years of my career working in acute care settings, helping individuals with substance use disorders find their paths to recovery. What became profoundly clear to me was that, as a chronic disease, substance use disorders require more than acute care. Acute care settings have a crucial place in the recovery process, but they do not support the recoveree at the most crucial time in the healing journey: reintegration into the home, job, or community. The Lighthouse Recovery 365 coaching service provides that continued support into the real world, partnering in a lifetime of recovery from substance use disorders."

Prior to The Lighthouse, Shaw worked in a variety of individual and group counseling environments for recovery coaching, as the primary Senior Therapist at St. Vincent's Behavioral Health's acute care psychiatric unit for adults with co-occurring disorders (Westport, CT) and private practice in (New Canaan, CT). Shaw is a Recovery Coach and a Trainer of Recovery Coaches, a certified Medicated Assisted Treatment Specialist, and has received intensive training in Mindfulness Self-Compassion. Trey Laird, Founder and Chief Executive of The Lighthouse, added: "Cini is the perfect person to run this program. We are thrilled to welcome her as Executive Director of Recovery 365. We cannot treat the chronic disease of substance abuse disorder with only 30 days of acute care. Our recovery coaching is the most effective tool we have to serve women and men in early recovery, meeting them where they are both in life and sobriety, guiding clients to lifelong recovery."

Shaw holds professional certifications as an Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (Connecticut Certification Board), Certified Addiction Counselor (Connecticut Certification Board), Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor Level 2 (OASAS), Alcohol and Drug Counselor (International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium), Medication Assisted Treatment Specialist (Connecticut Certification Board), Certified Recovery Coach Trainer (Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery #20161337), and National Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist (NAADAC/NCCAP). Shaw holds a Master of Arts in Special Education from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Colgate University.