This Week's Beit T'Shuvah Spotlight
This Week's Beit T'Shuvah Spotlight: Daryn Fond
Daryn Fond has been a beloved and vital part of the Beit T’Shuvah family for years. Now a full time counselor, Daryn may be better known to some as an overnight tech, a position she held for over four years. Her move to the clinical side marks an important new chapter in her life and in the history of Beit T’Shuvah.
Born and raised in Beverly Hills, Daryn is the middle child of three. Her father was a successful real estate developer, who passed away when she was 19. Her addictions began in the 70’s with Quaaludes, eventually developing into alcohol and cocaine abuse. She went to boarding school and got sober for several years when her father was suffering from a terminal illness. Married and divorced by the time she was 26, her addiction quickly resurfaced, which led her to a stay at the Betty Ford Clinic. She stayed clean for seven years, and began a career as an architectural designer. Before long, however, Daryn suffered another relapse. She got heavily involved with crack cocaine, and ended up staying at the Hazelton Clinic in Minnesota.
During this phase, she was involved in a domestic violence situation, and her neck was broken. Aside from the emotional fallout, she began a bedridden, 6-year odyssey with opiates, which led her to heroin, and eventually to the doors of Beit T’Shuvah.
She got in touch with Harold Rothstein, and after a lengthy housebound Titrate detox, eventually tested clean and became a resident in 2009. After a successful six months in the program, Daryn became an intern as an overnight tech, a position that became full-time. Working overnights, Daryn honed many skills that make her unique and valuable to the clinical staff. “We started doing a fair amount of documenting and filing during the overnight shift,” Daryn recalls, “and this led to a greater degree of communication to support both the clinical and counseling staff.”
She attended school during the day for drug and alcohol counseling, recently earning her CADAC. But more than this, she learned other irreplaceable skills. “Doing the overnight for so long, I learned how to truly listen to clients,” she recollects “and also how to have empathy.” A lot of demons, regret and fear come out for residents at night, and Daryn learned how to spot it, feel it and help people through it. She was able to do a lot of crisis intervention and relapse prevention during her shifts. It’s often during the bewitching hours, in the dead of night, that people feel compelled to make unfortunate decisions. Daryn’s level of understanding, compassion and strong sense of balance kept many potential relapses from abandoning treatment, and made her a comforting and reliable presence as “Queen of the Castle.”
Presently, Daryn is at Antioch College doing her undergraduate work to eventually earn her masters and become a therapist. She is quick to conclude that Beit T’Shuvah completely transformed her life. “I never thought I’d be able to get back into school to develop my life, and find my purpose and passion,” Daryn admits. “It’s funny; I was a designer for 22 years of my life…but I didn’t know what to do with my life.” Beit T’Shuvah gave me a design for living and a pathway. It’s been extraordinary, and I’m eternally grateful.”
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