Clay Engels has been engaged professionally for over a decade in helping individuals and families connect with the appropriate resources and trusted, proven specialists to receive the level of care needed.  With his professional coaching and CAI credentials, strengthened by 23 years of sobriety,  Clay can easily navigate the land-mines which inherently exist when dealing with substance abuse,  addiction, and mental health issues. He has assisted countless individuals and their families start their roads to recovery, and can often be heard saying, “Sobriety is not an event: it’s a lifelong process full of a million baby-steps, the first and most vital one is asking for help.”

Clay began his journey upon entering his first treatment center, Aspen Recovery Unit, in 1986 at the age of 16.  Between his severe dyslexia and the unspoken issues going on in his family’s home, Clay fits the classic role of “identified patient.” His addiction took him from a life of privilege in Greenwich, CT to living in transient hotels in San Francisco’s Mission District with no money to his name and a severe heroin habit. In his fifth and final stint in rehab, Clay finally heard the message of recovery and credits his life to the IMPACT Pasadena staff, all of whom were recovering addicts themselves. To those who don’t have the disease of addiction, this may not seem vital—but, for someone in the throes of their drug use, one addict talking from their own experience to another can be the difference between life and death.

Roots Collaborative, the brainchild of Family Vision Workshop in 2008, has been an evolutionary process resulting in a methodology based on Clay, Julie and Courtney’s cumulative individual and family experiences, intervention training and addictions education, and their own vision and goal-setting proprietary platform.