Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Associate, 2013
Addiction Counselor, Agnesian HealthCare
Brandon Boe has been sober for a decade, and he’s making it his life’s work to help others on their path to recovery. “For all my time being sober, I realized that giving back was something that I wanted to do,” explains Boe.
When he enrolled at Moraine Park Technical College in 2010, he knew right away that getting into addiction counseling was something he wanted to pursue. “It’s something that I’ve had experience with, and I want others to have the same success that I’ve had,” he adds.
The choice to attend MPTC was an easy one for Boe. Located just a half mile from home, “It was just a really good fit for me where I was at in my life, financially and logistically,” he says. “I knew a lot of people who had gone there, and I had heard a lot of good things.”
Boe completed the Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) associate’s program in 2013 and went on to work for Options Treatment Programs, Inc. in Appleton. A resident of Fond du Lac, “Financially it was a struggle because I was driving to Appleton every day,” says Boe, who was able to find a similar position in his hometown. Now, as an addiction counselor for Agnesian HealthCare, Boe works with patients who are focusing on recovery from addiction concerns, including drugs, alcohol, gambling, compulsive and impulsive behaviors, structure, boundaries and other life skills.
Besides his work at Agnesian, Boe is actively involved in other aspects of the recovery community in Fond du Lac. A pastor at Spirit of Life Church, he helps run a Christian 12-step program and is on the Board of Directors for the church’s Resurrection Recovery and Transitional House. He also spends time helping inmates with their recovery in jail.
Although he’s only been at Agnesian since May, it feels like home. “I absolutely love working at Agnesian,” he concludes. “My goal is to stay with the company for as long as I can and just get better at what I do.”