David Vogt Family Therapist Recovery Center of Baton Rouge Q: What is the most rewarding part of being on staff at The Recovery Center Intensive Outpatient Program?

Having the opportunity to help families find recovery. I also enjoy the camaraderie and support of the other staff members.

Q: What do you like to do for fun?
My idea of fun typically involves spending time with my wife and our one year old son. I also enjoy hunting, fishing, and college football.

Q: What is the most challenging aspect of your job?

Witnessing the devastation addiction causes to families.

Q: Do people really recover from drug and alcohol addiction?

Yes, they do really recover. Not only do they get better, but often times they achieve a higher level of functioning than they ever previously experienced. This being said, in order to stay healthy individuals must actively work on their recovery.

Q: Do you have any pets?

We have two family dogs. One is a miniature dachshund named Chuck and the other is a miniature schnauzer named Izzy.

Q: What are the most common barriers to recovery you see people face in early on in their treatment?

Letting go of old (unhealthy) friends and relationships. People also tend to struggle finding fun sober things to do.

Q: What is your favorite restaurant?

Charlie’s in Springfield Louisiana

Q: What lead you to work in the addiction recovery field?

I began my own recovery in 2001. Shortly after completing extended care treatment I began working at the facility as a technician. I really enjoyed working with the clients and it became apparent that this would be a rewarding career choice.
Q: What is your style of facilitating group sessions?
I view group as an opportunity for participants to support and learn from each other. As a facilitator, it is my job to direct and educate where needed. At the same time, allowing the group process to be as natural as possible.
Q: What is the most important thing you’d like your clients to learn while in treatment?
That life can be and is fulfilling without using substances.
Q: Who are your role models?
My Mother and Father
Q: How would you describe The Recovery Center?
A caring place that provides opportunities for people to get better.
Q: What’s your favorite movie?
Any movie I watch from the comfort of my la-z-boy recliner.