What keeps Gaudenzia’s social workers going is the ability to serve clients on all ends of the recovery spectrum, advocate for them, and be their support systems. This month we highlight some of Gaudenzia’s passionate social workers, beginning this week with Adriane Basarab, LSW, CADC, CCS, Program Director for Gaudenzia Common Ground in Harrisburg, Pa. Adriane oversees operations in the facility, including its detox and rehabilitation programs.
What sparked your interest in social work?
Initially I just always loved helping people. I loved interacting with people and being in positions where I feel like I’m making a difference. I’ve been in the human services field for over 20 years, working with individuals with intellectual disabilities, working in mental health, and in 2009 I started working in drug and alcohol treatment. It was a population that I just absolutely fell in love with and that motivated me to go back to school and get some more formal education.
What does social work mean to you?
Social work for me is really about advocacy and having a voice for people that might not have their own. As a social worker, you work with marginalized populations that are a lot of times stigmatized or don’t get really great services. It’s really about being a cheerleader for these groups of people. Also, I am a person in long-term recovery myself, which is truly what motivated me to get into the field of drug and alcohol. I have a huge passion for this population because they’re very stigmatized. So I like to be that voice to help people out and get them the best services possible.
What do you like to do for fun?
I like to spend time outdoors. I also like to do a lot of reading, as well as photography.