Joy Wise, MSN Director of Nursing

BIO: Joy currently holds a Master of Science in Nursing and has been a valuable member of the nursing staff at Greenbriar Treatment Center for over 17 years.  In early 2021, Joy accepted the role of Director of Nursing at Greenbriar Treatment Center and provides critical support to patients and staff.  Joy loves being a nurse and has always felt called to help to help others.  Her sense of humor and good nature instantly put our clients at ease.  When she’s not at work, Joy is spending quality time with her family, friends, and beloved pets.

Questions & Answers  

Q: What motivated you to enter the drug and alcohol treatment field?

A: While I was a student, I gravitated towards the treatment field.  I wasn’t uneasy around the patients.  I grew up in an environment where substance use was common, so treating patients struggling with addiction felt like home to me.  I’ve always held the belief that someone who is struggling with a substance use issue deserves the same care as anyone else.  

Q: What is the best part about the work you do?

A: I absolutely love watching the transformation that occurs between detox and discharge from treatment.  Watching our clients change during the treatment process is amazing.  It brings me a lot of happiness to be a part of their journey and to witness the growth that happens while they’re with us.  

Q: What advice would you give someone who is struggling with a substance use disorder?A: First, I would tell them that help is always available. Second, I would let them know that they just need to hang on and push through the rough moments – they won’t last forever.  Finally, I would remind them to never give up, because there is a much better life waiting if they want it.

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