After working as a medication tech and overnight tech, she began at Alo House as a resident advisor. From there, she grew into a UR manager, Director of Intake, Director of Admissions, and is now fulfilling her personal goals as the Director of Compliance.
Alongside her work at Alo House, Soraya is working toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Political Science and is set to graduate this fall. From there, she will attend Golden Gate University Law School with plans to focus on health law.
She has also completed the Addiction Studies Program at Pierce College and is a Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor. These impressive accomplishments are driven by Soraya’s passion to use her own personal experience with addiction and recovery to help others in need.
Despite her sobriety, Soraya found it hard to believe that people would willingly choose to work in recovery before she came to Alo. Helping addicts can be challenging and is not for the faint of heart, but she says she has found abundant hope in working with the Alo House team. She considers the staff’s genuine compassion, empathy, love, and kindness to be the reason she has dedicated so many years of her life to helping others recover, and we are proud to share her story today.
“At the end of the day, the only thing that separates me from our clients is my sobriety date.” – Soraya Mathews, Alo House Director of Compliance
At age 19, Soraya experienced her first overdose. After being in a coma for seven days, she went to addiction treatment for the first time. While this experience isn’t what initially prompted her sobriety, it is what showed her the importance of strong, female role models in recovery. On her journey to the other side of addiction, she found it was the successful, sober women she encountered that most inspired her.
Since becoming sober on August 15, 2012, Soraya has dedicated her life to offering strength and hope to those suffering from addiction. Taking a cue from her role models in treatment, she strives to be a source of encouragement and inspiration and prove that even in the darkest situations, there is light to be found.
Today, Soraya is happily married and maintains strong relationships with her family and friends. Even after hitting rock bottom, she has the life she always wanted. She uses this story as a powerful example of what is possible after addiction.
“You are stronger than you think. Despite what it feels like right now, it does get better.”
While it is Soraya’s passion to help others, she has found that her work in recovery has also contributed positively to her life by reminding her of where she came from and all she’s been through. She finds joy in connecting with Alo House newcomers and sharing her story as an example of how much can be achieved in a short span of time.
As a former “hope to die” heroin addict, working in treatment has allowed her to be of service to others and remind people that their lives matter. Through her story and important role at Alo House, Soraya proudly exemplifies that recovery is worth it.
Read more about Soraya on her Alo House Staff page.