Staff Spotlight – Erica Boyce
Erica Boyce – Director of Recovery Care
Erica Boyce is a nationally and state Certified Recovery Specialist and Interventionist. She has been trained through Spectrum Recovery as a Peer Recovery Support Specialist and has gone through training with the International Recovery Institute as a Certified Recovery Specialist. She has been trained in A Relational Intervention Sequence for Engagement (the ARISE® Intervention) with Dr. Judith Landau and the Love First Intervention model. She has completed training through the Addictions Academy as a Level I & II Recovery Specialist. Along with her certifications as a Recovery Specialist, she is also CPR certified with the American Red Cross.
Erica is an active member of the Dallas TAAP organization and a proud member of NAADAC. She believes in helping those who suffer with drug addiction and alcoholism gain a new life and become productive. Erica’s experience and knowledge helps families understand they cannot fight this disease alone. By working together, they can help their loved one live a life of freedom.
What brought you to the field of addiction treatment and Restored Path Detox?
My husband, children, and I moved to Celina, Texas, in February 2016 from Paris, Texas. I got sober on May 25, 2012, and my whole life was set up in Paris. The adjustment from moving was difficult. My husband, Henri, and I began to pray every day about why God brought us back to the Metroplex area. A colleague of Henri’s at the time asked us to help him and his family with an intervention. With no formal training, only guidance from friends whom we had met in recovery that worked in the treatment industry, we did our first intervention and fell in love with the beauty of watching what God could do to restore and give others the opportunity at life.
After spending some time in prayer and meditation and exploring what the treatment industry can look like, Henri and I talked about the ugliness we saw. We had a luncheon scheduled with a colleague of ours and discussed with him the things we were seeing. God spoke through that man and posed a question to us, “Why don’t you both be the difference?” At that moment, we both knew our calling was to be the difference in this industry. I carry this same principle with me today whenever I am sitting across from a client, colleague, family, or anyone from a facility.
After experiencing that “God moment,” our journey began. About three years later, I was blessed with the opportunity to become the Program Director at Windhaven. I was originally introduced to Windhaven when I moved back to Dallas in 2016. I had the opportunity to sponsor quite a few of the women who lived there prior to working with Alison Watros, the founder of Windhaven. I loved working with these women because many of them have come from very challenging upbringings. I love being able to sit across from a woman who has been through the wringer of addiction and watch them transform into a beautiful woman in recovery who can trust and rely on a Power greater than themselves. It’s an experience that must not be missed!
In February 2022, I felt God was calling me to something different. So, my journey at Windhaven as Program Director came to an end. This summer presented some challenges that brought me to my knees once again, asking God to show me the path He wanted me to take, and His will be done. I spoke with Alison, and God opened the door for the opportunity to become the Director of Recovery Care at Restored Path Detox. I am excited about the growth and the new opportunities that will come here at Restored Path Detox.
If there was only one thing you could tell us about working with people in recovery, what would it be?
It is truly exhilarating to watch people “get it” and change their entire lives. In this field, you see a lot of failed attempts at staying sober and living a full life. A lot of people do not make it. However, seeing someone who comes in beaten and broken from addiction and fights for their recovery with the odds against them is an experience that can’t be described. I get the privilege of watching these people become sober, successful parts of their families again and be forever changed. It truly is the power of a loving God. The way that God can use me to do this work is truly a miracle, and I am grateful to be a part of it.
What have you learned through your experience working with families facing addiction?
Not every family is the same. There is no “cookie-cutter” way of dealing with things when it comes to a loved one suffering from addiction. Each situation is a process and should be handled gently yet appropriately. Sometimes families show me more about myself and how I can improve.
How do you collaborate with other professionals to assist patients leaving Restored Path Detox?
Here at Restored Path Detox, we love collaborating with other professionals to help patients on to the next steps in their recovery journey! Of course, our number one focus is what is best for the patient, but we value our relationships with the professionals in this community!
If a professional refers a patient to our facility, we will keep them informed of all updates during the patient’s stay at Restored Path Detox. Usually, a professional or colleague has been working with their client for a period prior to them entering our care. We will communicate with the professional directly on recommendations for the next level of care that is appropriate for their client. Communication is key, and we always want to have open communication with the professionals who refer patients to our services.
If a patient comes in without a professional that has helped them into our care, we will do what is in the patient’s best interest and connect them with the appropriate level of care to help the patient get on the path to recovery! We love working with our community and having good relationships with others in residential care, intensive outpatient care, aftercare services, sober living, therapists, and psychiatrists.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I love spending time with my family! My husband, Henri, and I have one son, Korbin, together, and a little baby on the way! Our baby is due April 9, 2023! I have three stepchildren, Cobey, Mariah, and Noah. Saturdays are usually spent on the football field all year long because my son, Korbin, is our future NFL player! The boy eats, sleeps, and breathes football. My family and I love to spend time at the beach, at the lake, camping, hiking, and pretty much anything that involves being outdoors. Henri and I love to spend time together. There doesn’t have to be much on the agenda for us! Noah is usually on the baseball fields, which keeps us steadily busy with sports all year round. Mariah is now a freshman in high school, and we don’t see her much, but when we do, you can bet there isn’t a dull moment. Cobey is busy building a life of his own, and I couldn’t be prouder of him! We also have three pets. We have two German Shephard puppies, Benny and Bella, and a Maltese, Chip. You can say there is never a dull moment in the Boyce Household!
Restored Path Detox is DFW’s premier location for sophisticated medical detox. Conveniently located in Frisco, we provide a safe sanctuary for healing that is also a state-of-the-art detoxification facility for a wide range of substances. Our compassionate physicians and therapists want you to get well and are committed to removing any existing barriers to your care. Restored Path’s board-certified medical professionals and highly qualified RNs have extensive critical care experience and are available to monitor your detox program 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If you or a loved one are struggling with drug or alcohol use, call us today and take your first step towards recovery: 561-841-1268.