I'm currently a full-time Recovery Advocate, and I would say that regardless of your position at Wayside, this job can be rewarding and you can leave the stress at work, or you can get caught up in negativity. Clients overcoming addiction can sometimes be very difficult to work with, so this kind of job requires a lot of empathy and understanding. If you are interested in a position using trauma-informed care, this job is for you!
I would recommend this position for someone who can handle confrontation and enforce rules while maintaining a friendly but professional relationship with the clients, because that is the RA position. Our typical tasks include transporting clients to/from appointments, UA/BA's (urine analysis/breathalyzer), some office work such as helping clients with applications or scheduling, and making sure the clients' daily programming routine flows as smoothly as possible. RA's will offer accountability while clients complete their own independent responsibilities throughout the day, such as cleaning jobs around the facility, meal prep and clean up, etc. The clients spend daytime business hours in recovery, life skills, and/or parenting groups with clinical staff, and are allowed visiting hours or time to go on approved "pass" to leave the building (for shopping, family time, etc.) in the evenings.
Wayside offers its clients a lot of independence in comparison to other residential treatment facilities to encourage the women to form good habits and coping skills within a structured environment before going back out to the "real world" where they will be expected to do the same thing on their own. I have come to really appreciate this about Wayside, and I believe that the clients learn a lot in the process.