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Matthew Jackson ASUDC, PhD


Matthew began his work as an Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counselor after struggling with addiction as an adult. Previously, Matthew earned a BA and MA in English and a PhD in Education and worked as a teacher and as a professor at the high school and university levels. Matthew also experienced problems with substance use as a teenager and perhaps that is one reason why he can relate to the kids at Youth Care so well. Matthew has a particular interest in the neuroscience of addiction and believes that a medical understanding of substance use disorders can reduce the stigma and shame that is too often associated with addiction. Matthew is also an advocate of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and 12-step models of recovery and practices these principles and skills in his own life. He believes that parents need to be involved in their child’s recovery and he runs a Parent Support group to help parents and loved ones navigate their child’s treatment.

Matthew enjoys spending time with his family, getting outdoors to hike, camp and flyfish, playing sports (mostly pickleball these days), gardening and cooking.

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