Dustin Straight MS
Dustin Straight is a therapist at A Better Today Recovery Services. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Denver, on a lacrosse scholarship, and a master’s degree in Addiction Counseling from Grand Canyon University.
He is currently working to complete his LASAC and would like to specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and EMDR. He’s developed, during his time in the field, a particular interest in working with trauma cases and finds those experiences to be especially rewarding.
New to the professional world of addiction treatment, Dustin started the practicum for his master’s at A Better Today in November of 2016. It was a good match, and he was hired on as a therapist shortly after finishing.
Previously, Dustin ran his own consulting company but was drawn to the fields of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling due to personal experience.
He is in recovery, himself, and has worked through a rehab program before. He was truly inspired by the therapists he worked with and decided to help others through what he had already been through.
Outside of his clinical work at A Better Today, Dustin is a Class A licensed skydiver. He was raised in Colorado and still likes to go back occasionally to get in some snowboarding. He likes playing softball and has recently taken up lacrosse again.
As a therapist, he is interested in the spiritual and philosophical aspects of recovery. Having been deeply affected by this part of recovery, himself, it seems important to emphasize with his own patients.
It is widely known in the field now that rarely are the actual substances the cause of chronic addiction, rather there is usually an underlying issue.
Dustin believes that helping patients to find meaning, enthusiasm, and passion in their lives will help them to sustain sobriety.