WHO WE ARE
how Golden Road Recovery can help
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Who We are
No one decides to become an addict. There are normally very complex and deeply personal reasons for falling prey to such a debilitating disorder. At goldenroadrecovery.com we see addiction as a symptom of a larger illness, almost as an attempt to self medicate and keep that illness at bay. Here, our philosophy is different. We believe that treating an addiction is only part of the healing process. We look to rehabilitate the whole person, and identify the barriers each client has to achieving long-term recovery from substance abuse.
"Courage is knowing what not to fear"
Treatment Designed for You
At our Drug Treatment Center, we crafted our own unique program that combines evidence-based therapies with holistic techniques to treat the mind, body, and spirit of each client. Client experience treatment in a safe and warm environment of mutual understanding and peer support. We aim to give you control of your life back, help you reconcile with your past and empower you to embrace the future.
What Makes Us Different?
Why Choose Us?
Meet Our Treatment Professionals
Ari Labowitz, M.A., LMFT
Ari practices from strengths-based approach, while using a humanistic experience to allow the client to feel safe and grow. Ari has an extensive background working with individuals, couples, and families. He treats each person as
an individual, assessing his or her difficulties, and focusing on his or her positives. A focus of Ari’s profession surrounds the drug and alcohol treatment field. He has extensive experience and knowledge surrounding recovery. Another focus of Ari’s practice is couples and relationships. He has worked for a number of years with many individuals and couples experiencing difficulties in relationships.
Jason A. Aaronson, LMFT CATC-IV
Jason Aaronson is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Treatment Counselor (CATC- IV) and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) specializing in trauma, substance use related afflictions, mood and anxiety disorders. He
obtained both his undergraduate and Master’s degrees at Antioch University, Los Angeles. He carries vast knowledge and extensive experience in most clinical, operational, administrative, billing/insurance aspects of care.
Jason has collaborated with numerous reputable,
well-established dual diagnosis treatment programs over the past 15 years.Within these programs, Jason has developed an in-depth history facilitating family, couples, individual and group therapeutic sessions. Jason is well versed in JCAHO and DHCS compliance measures; developing, writing and implementing policies and procedures. He’s also acquired consistent experience advocating for the necessity of various forms of treatment and levels of care on behalf of clients through meticulously written medical and clinical biographies and utilization reviews.
Although, he thoroughly enjoys the administrative aspects of co-morbid treatment, imperative to ethically and efficiently providing a high-quality standard of care, Jason’s true passion comes in the form of one-on-one interactions with clients and their loved ones. Jason can relate to clients and their families from a very personal lens as he too has overcome great adversity, obstacles and challenges spanning over the entire course of his life. Jason prides himself on unwavering honesty, integrity, core values, and incredibly strong work ethic; often absent in direct client/patient care industries. Jason consistently demonstrates a willingness to learn and grow, always yearning to challenge himself. With the highest ethical standards and client needs always the unequivocal priority, Jason’s career is currently focused on creating and launching niche, state of the art mental health treatment programs from the ground up.
Abraham incorporates hands on interaction with the clients in hopes of creating a safe place that breeds hope in people’s lives. Abraham has been in recovery over 3 years and feels the need to give back to the community
as well as support others with substance abuse and mental health issues. Abraham has donated to many charitable organizations and continues to build strong professional relationships within the industry to help connect our clients with the appropriate options for aftercare.
Brandon started his career in substance abuse and mental health treatment in 2017. After finding his own recovery in 2015, he found his purpose in helping others recover from their addictions. Brandon started out as a residential
advisor which ignited the spark to further his education in Addiction Studies. He received his certification as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor in 2020 at Pierce College. He went on to become a case manager and aftercare coordinator for multiple treatment facilities and now has found his new home at Golden Road Recovery as the Program Manager. Brandon is highly motivated to grow into this new position, he hopes to be an asset that promotes integrity, support, and compassion to both his teammates and to our clients.
Ethan Stiffelman was born and raised in Los Angeles. After finding sobriety in 2015, he has since dedicated his life to giving back to the community and helping others any way he can. To better help those struggling with addiction
as he did, Ethan has returned to college and studies Psychology at California State University at Northridge to pursue his goals of becoming a Clinical Psychologist. Ethan works alongside the clinical team as the lead technician, a case manager, and a general counselor at the facility. When he isn’t at Golden Road or busy studying, you may find him working on his motorcycles or playing computer games
Kendall has a passion for helping others battle their addiction and get back on track with their life. Being in recovery herself; she has first hand experience overcoming the wreckage substance abuse can cause. Kendall has been
working in the substance abuse industry for 4 years. She was mentored at multi-house program where she learned the ins and outs of detox and residential treatment on both the administrative and clinical side. Kendall’s goal is to continue increasing her knowledge on all operational aspects of treatment.
specializing in recovery. She developed the Resistance to Resilience online training programs to teach professionals best practices in using music therapy using modern genres. Summer is the U.S. representative for the Rhythm2Recovery therapeutic drumming program and is also a Heart Math Certified Trainer. She is a Sound Birthing Fellow and trained in Health RHYTHMS, Beat The Odds, RISE/LGBTQ, Pro-ACT de-escalation, C-SEC and Risking Connection trauma informed care. Summer has practiced music therapy in schools, shelters, daycares, foster camps, yoga studios, correctional facilities, group homes, treatment centers, hospice and hospitals. In addition to her broad local outreach, music has taken her to over 20 countries around the globe. When she is not practicing music therapy, Summer is writing, recording or performing with her band PWR CPL, hoping to inspire positive change through music however she can.
Naomi Barahona is a Registered Alcohol and Drug Technician who has experience with individuals in substance abuse. Naomi is an accomplished, knowledgeable, and skilled case manager who is highly motivated to advocate
for and empower individuals to lead fulfilling lives. Naomi works alongside the clinical team to help promote consistency, a key ingredient of recovery, and she works with clients weekly to help achieve progress towards goals. Naomi graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside. Naomi plans to continue her educational career at California State University, Northridge, where she will study Applied Behavior Analysis. On her free time, Naomi enjoys hiking, running, and spending time at the beach.
Damaris Polis, AMFT
Damaris is an experienced Registered Alcohol and Drug Technician with experience spanning from working with patients on an individual basis, conducting group therapy sessions, as well as working with families with substance
Kathrine Bagdasaryan, AMFT
Kathrine Bagdasaryan graduated from Pepperdine University and is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School
Brittney Barragan began her career in the healthcare field as a Medical Assistant and decided to further her education to become a LVN. She started her LVN journey working in a substance abuse treatment facility. She came
to Golden Road Recovery with 6 years of substance abuse and mental health experience.
She is a caring and empathetic individual who Is truly passionate about helping individuals achieve their goals while remaining connected to their recovery. She looks forward to being a part of every client’s journey.
Virginia has over 500 hours of yoga teacher training and experience, sound bath certification and is also certified in nutritional therapy. Virginia has a passion for helping others step into their power and improve
Jamila Baxter, RN
I have over 10 years of nursing experience. I received my bachelor’s degree in Nursing and have since then pursued many areas in nursing. I have worked in substance abuse, mental health, acute care, critical care,
including trauma at several Los Angeles hospitals. I have also taught courses on health management with Kronos optimal health. Prior to entering nursing, I taught kindergarten for several years.
My experiences as a bedside nurse, critical care nurse, and nurse educator have all shaped my practice to work with others and teach them about maximizing their health.
Jordan felt internally compelled to work in addiction treatment at the height of the pandemic in 2020. Since then, she’s gained valuable experience working as a technician to
helping create large alumni communities, now primarily spending her work day as a case manager and lead technician at Golden Road Recovery.
Jordan received her addiction studies certificate in 2022, becoming Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor in 2023.
Helping addicts change their lives has been a mission close to her heart since she became sober in 2016. Jordan believes that quality client care and compassion is of the utmost
importance in creating an environment conducive to healing.
Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, she enjoys serving the addicted population in her own community. Jordan is the mother of a little boy and two cats, she enjoys hiking and cooking meals for her loved ones. She strives to be in and a part of the solution every day.