Tarek Khalil | Executive Director
I have been continuously clean and sober since November 5, 2007. I am active in Recovery (12 Steps), Unity (Fellowship) and Service (Sponsorship). The Twelve Steps are the modality I use to keep my addiction to cocaine and alcohol arrested. I do believe there are other ways to recover from addiction but in my experience I tried the educational and clinical models of treatment as well as therapy and none of these, by themselves, worked. I wanted to stop but I could not on my own. I was a chronic relapser who was beyond human aid. My recovery required a conversion, transformational experience which the steps generated. They created a personality change sufficient to bring about recovery from addiction and a broken internal condition. Once I established my foundation using the 12 Steps, I combined the steps with therapy which enabled me to deepen my human and spiritual experience.
I spent my formative years in Atlanta, GA; I graduated from Emory University with a BA in Economics in 1999; and in July 2010, I received an MBA from Kennesaw State University with concentrations in Management and Leadership. My professional career includes experience with Aflac, Prudential, Century Business Systems and Mid America Metals.
I have experience in the following areas: Recovery, Leadership, Insurance Sales, Service Sales, Non-Qualified Benefit Plans, Client Services, Relationship Management and Team Management.
I enjoy helping others, reading, spending time with family and friends, traveling, live music and exploring spirituality.
Elric Moulton | Recovery Mentor
I was born in Manchester, New Hampshire, raised in a small town of about 5,000. I did very well in school and remained active in sports until I graduated at sixteen years old. To my family, my future held much promise.
Upon leaving high school my experimentation with drugs and alcohol evolved into a physical dependence. I began traveling the country, doing whatever was necessary to maintain a constant state of altered consciousness. Throughout this time, no consequences I was faced with were sufficient to get me to stop. After becoming homeless for several years, something inside me clicked. I had reached a state of hopelessness and conceded to my innermost self that I was beyond human aid. It was then that I finally sought help.
Working the 12 Steps has allowed me to built and nurture a relationship with a God of my own understanding, I now see that my life experience was not a mistake and that God got me sober to help others. I have a unique set of experiences that allow me to connect with other men who are in the depths of a similar struggle. It is through working with other addicts and alcoholics that has given my life a purpose.
Today I work in the field of recovery. I like to see live music, go hiking, meet new people, and travel in my spare time. God has granted me the gift of a life that is fuller than I ever could have conceived.
Hunter Tierney | Recovery Tech
I was born in Charlottesville Virginia, shortly after moved to Atlanta, Georgia as and settled in Marietta, where I grew up. I'm adopted by my grandparents. In school, I was in special education classes which molded the way I viewed myself and the way I thought others saw me. I began to experience a sense of separation from everyone and everything.
In high school, this feeling intensified and I began to search for a solution. Partying began to take exhilarating part in my life and I marijuana became my solution then my drug usage took a different route when I discovered opiates. I dropped out of high school, got my GED but I lived to get high and got high to live. There were many hospital, detox and treatment trips. After incarceration, I discovered heroin. Shortly thereafter, my drug use reached epic proportions; further consuming everything I owned and everyone who cared about me.
I finally reached a point of desperation and entered the 12-step rooms looking for an answer but I wasn't ready. After another horrible experience, almost dying and burning everything to the ground, I finally had my surrender experience in which I discovered that although I can recover from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body, recovery is an ongoing process that will continue for my lifetime. My sobriety date is January 1, 2015. I have a tremendous amount of gratitude for this deal (12 Steps) because it works.
I've wanted to work in the recovery field because me experience with addiction qualifies me to show others what I did to recover. I didn't know how to get my foot in the door but then as God would have it, an opportunity at The Launching Pad presented itself. I am so grateful for this new part of my journey.
In my spare time I train in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, lift weights, and shoot pool.
Drew Vernick | Recovery Mentor
Being a native Atlantan, I proudly call this city my home. Both of my parents are musicians and educators. I grew up in an artistic and academic environment. I excelled in the fields of musical arts and academia; however, in other areas of my life I was thoroughly bedevilled.
Alcoholism, drug addiction, and mental illness runs deep within both sides of my family. It became evident at an early age that I was to fall into this vicious cycle. I remember feeling depressed, anxious, and afraid for most of my youth. Drugs became my solution, or medication, to this problem.
Furthermore; this lifestyle was conducive to my dream of being a musician, which helped me justify my habits. I obtained a degree from Georgia State University in philosophy and psychology. I was able to graduate with distinction; although my drug habits were approaching exponential proportions.
After losing the structure of university life, I quickly became dysfunctional and fell into the role of a drug addicted invalid. My life was dissolving before my eyes, when one day a family member offered to pay for detox. I entered treatment on March 11, 2017, which is also my sobriety date.
Shortly after detox I was put into a regimented sober living program which saved my life. This environment provided the accountability, structure, support, discipline, brotherhood, and 12 step spirituality that I needed to regain my status in this world and rejoin society.
While I was a client in sober living I fell in love with the recovery process. I soon realized that I had been saved for a reason and that my purpose in life was to serve people who suffered from the same plight as myself.
My other hobbies include outdoor sports, rock climbing, hiking, weight lifting, snowboarding, yoga, meditation, trail running, literature, writing, cinema, poetry, and music.
My life today is filled with joy and I have not looked back since.