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Clear Springs Ranch: Up Close Q & A – Stephan Marion

Stephan Marion, Business Development Officer

img_4473jpgStephan has a strong clinical understanding of the treatment industry. Prior to joining Clear Springs Ranch as Business Development Officer, he was a senior level admissions specialist for another behavioral health company. Stephan’s multifaceted business expertise includes work as an intake specialist, a volunteer recovery advocate and a sober house manager. Additionally, he has an excellent understanding of insurance, utilization review, financial collection, and sales. Stephan says that helping others has become an integral part of his own recovery and that he enjoys the personal and professional satisfaction this field offers.


Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

A:  Oddly enough, the best advice was unspoken.  I had watched my father work hard my whole childhood; at twelve years old, he had me start cleaning his office on the weekends, which I did until I was eighteen. Although lost on me at that age and through my later addiction, my father had taught me the importance of hard work, honesty and sticking with a job. I owe my work ethic to the example my father had set for me by always working an honest day for honest pay.


Q: What one word would the people who know you best use to describe you?

A: Driven


Q: What motivated you to choose a career in recovery? 

A: After getting sober in July of 2010 and engaging fully in the program of recovery, I learned the importance of helping others. I turned to a life of service and remarkable things started occurring in my life. When it became an option for me, I decided that working in the treatment industry was the next logical step. I remember my own stays in treatment and how instrumental some of the employees were in directing me to a life of recovery. I wanted to help people turn their lives around in that same manner. Helping others has become an integral part of my recovery and my ability to live a happy, useful life. There are a lot of different fields that I could work in, but it is the satisfaction that this field offers that keeps me here.


Q: Besides working at Clear Springs Ranch, what hobbies, sports, or activities do you enjoy? 

A: I really enjoy playing golf. I find it a very relaxing game and a way to spend quality time with friends. I’m an average golfer, but I have learned that with the right mindset, it can be very peaceful on the golf course. I am also a big practitioner of meditation. My daily routine involving meditation has led me to a more accepting and serene life. I am an avid fan of 70s and 80s easy-listening music: Phil Collins, Fleetwood Mac, Lionel Richie, Michael McDonald and Bill Withers are some of my favorites. They take my back to my childhood and the simpler life I enjoyed.


Q: Is there a personal fact you might share that would be hard for others to guess about you?  

A: I was a DJ for a lot of years before I entered into recovery. DJing was a passion in my life, and I dedicated a lot of time to it. I was able to play over in Europe, as well as be a part of a few different radio shows that were internationally followed. This was one of the hobbies that I let fall to the wayside when I entered into permanent recovery. I do miss DJing and quite possibly will return to it sometime in the future.


Q: What’s your favorite movie? What’s your favorite book?

A: My favorite movie would have to be “V for Vendetta.” Although the movie has a heavily political and anti-government theme, there is an underlying plot that makes me enjoy it. The idea that my own personal beliefs can keep me caged and prevented from attaining personal freedom is what speaks to me most. It has mimicked my life in the sense that until I am willing to cast aside old beliefs, I will never be open to accepting new beliefs, which could revolutionize my life.


My favorite books are “Siddhartha” by Herman Hesse and “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho. Both books detail the journey, struggle and ultimate enlightenment of achieving the destined life. These books spoke to my heart. In a lot of ways, they mirrored my own personal journey from darkness to light. They were important in helping me realize my own path and how I could achieve my goals inside the realm of my belief system.


Q: Is there anything else you’d like to share about your personal story?

I am a Canadian who loves Texas. I consider myself an adopted Texan, and there is no place I would rather live.