Program Director Silver Lake
Richard Song was born in New Jersey, raised in North Carolina, and has lived all throughout California. In all of the different places he has lived, he recognized that substance abuse was a factor in many people’s lives. Richard has seen close friends lose their lives to addiction and all the negative effects that substance abuse has on families.
Those experiences stirred an interest in the human condition and led him to obtaining a BA in Psychology from Cal State Sacramento. He started working in treatment in 2010 and has over 9 years of experience.
Richard has been in several different lines of work including internet marketing, commercial production, teaching English abroad and a co-owner of a record label. But it wasn’t until he started working at Alo House that he realized his true calling in life is helping those who are struggling with addiction.
At other treatment centers, Richard says he always felt like he was asked to be a “fly on the wall” instead of a human trying to help another human. Through Alo’s “Connection not Control®” mantra, he feels he has learned that he can actually make a difference in people’s lives.
Richard has been with Alo House since 2016 and the Silver Lake program since it’s inception in November of the same year.
Since then, he’s worked with a skilled and caring team that gives hope to those who said they had none left. Richard feels that Alo’s Compassionate Care Model® allows the team to become a source of guidance by connecting with clients and empowering them.
Guiding clients in their recovery and helping them unlock their true potential in life has been nothing short of a blessing for Richard and he can truly say that he loves what he does.