Our Addiction Counselors and Professional Staff
THE PEOPLE BEHIND ADDICTION RECOVERY SERVICES’ PROGRAMS
Meet the ARS Addiction Counseling Staff
George Nowak, MD
George Nowak, MD is the medical director of Addiction Recovery Services. Dr. Nowak created Addiction Recovery Services to provide comprehensive and innovative treatment for individuals with substance abuse and mental health disorders.
Dr. Nowak also has a private practice in affiliation with Chestnut Hill Associates in Portsmouth and Dover, NH. Previously, Dr.Nowak was employed at Portsmouth Regional Hospital and was director of the dual diagnosis unit. Dr.Nowak has over 25 years experience working in the field of addiction medicine and psychiatry.
Dr. Nowak completed his psychiatry residency at Yale University. He is board certified in both Adult Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry and is the only physician on the Seacoast with such credentials.
John Iudice, LICSW, MLADC
John Iudice is the Program Director at Addiction Recovery Services. John has worked for the last 16 years with adults and adolescents with substance use and mental health issues in a variety of settings including inpatient detox programs, residential programs, outpatient, intensive outpatient and medication-assisted treatment facilities. He has in-depth knowledge of the behavioral healthcare system and various treatment options and settings available to people.
John is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of New Hampshire Master of Social Work (MSW) program. He has taught courses on Treatment of Addiction and Assessment of Addiction for the UNH Substance Use Disorder Graduate Certificate Program. He also teaches advanced counseling courses for UNH’s MSW program.
John has a particular interest in decreasing the stigma of substance use disorders while improving access to various treatment options for all those impacted. He is the board president of the New Hampshire Provider’s Association and does policy advocacy work on behalf of people impacted by substance use disorders across the state.
Marieke Kat, LICSW
Marieke is the coordinator of Addiction Recovery Services Portsmouth office and has worked here since 2014 after getting her Master’s degree in social work from the University of New Hampshire. She started her social work career in 2012 working with families and children with disabilities as a Respite Coordinator. She also has experience working in the substance abuse and mental health field in detox, residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and outpatient levels of care. Marieke’s clinical approach includes interventions and theories of practice including Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
Marieke is passionate about teaching and practicing mindfulness techniques, including yoga, both for her own self-care and for the well-being of clients. She believes that a strong connection to self and finding balance in life is necessary to overcome and be strengthened by life’s challenges. Her favorite part of the job at Addiction Recovery Services is working with diverse groups of people and fostering a supportive and encouraging environment where people can feel a sense of belonging and acceptance.
Bonnie Simon, MSW
Bonnie earned her Master’s degree in social work from the University of New Hampshire in 2016. She interned at Addiction Recovery Services while enrolled in the Master’s program and has been employed at the agency since graduating. Her past experience includes working in educational settings with children, adolescents, and families. She facilitated groups that discussed self-empowerment, domestic violence, the importance of community support, and substance abuse. She has experience collaborating with local community agencies and connecting individuals to supportive resources. Bonnie believes in utilizing a strengths-based approach to increase individuals’ self-worth. Observing growth among individuals throughout their treatment is what she finds most rewarding through her work at Addiction Recovery Services. She is passionate about practicing gratitude on a daily basis and living a healthy lifestyle.
Vanessa Levin, MA, CYT, LMT
Vanessa is a Mental Health Counselor at Addiction Recovery Services. Graduating from Antioch New England with a Masters in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Substance abuse and Addictions, she has worked with a wide demographic of individuals for over 15 years. She began as a member of the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Team at West Central Services in Lebanon, NH where she treated dual diagnosis’ clients with mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy. Vanessa worked as an individual outpatient addictions therapist at Southeastern New Hampshire Services in Dover NH and led groups at Wentworth Douglas Hospital in eating disorders education via The Bedford Eating Disorders Center. Branching out into more holistic modalities, Vanessa became a 500-hour level T Certified Therapeutic Yoga Instructor, Massage Therapist, Personal Trainer, Certified Living Foods Nutritionist, Barre and Pilates Instructor, Meditation Teacher, And Natural Resource Steward, all titles that added depth to the treatment of addictions by way of balancing physical, mental, and spiritual health. Her expertise is teaching a preliminary course on Ayurvedic medicine,
Chinese elemental theory, qigong, yoga, nutrition, the biochemistry of kinesiology on addictions, and mindfulness.
Vanessa has a passion for helping people find what they are passionate about in order to establish healthy lifestyles; creating connections with family, friends, and hobbies that are stronger than the chains of addiction.
Caitlin M. Miftari MSW, LICSW, MLADC
Caitlin Miftari graduated from the University of New Hampshire with her Masters in Social Work and has gained NH licensure as both a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and a Master Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (MLADC). She worked at Seacoast Mental Health Center in Portsmouth, NH for approximately seven years. During that time, she worked with individuals diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness and spent five years providing individual and group treatment services to participants in the Rockingham County Adult Drug Court Program. Caitlin currently operates a small private practice and is able to provide individual therapy for both mental health and substance use disorders. In her work, she utilizes hope, respect, humor, empathic listening, and positive thinking. Caitlin joined the clinical staff at Addiction Recovery Services in the fall of 2016.
Jessica Rafferty, MA
Jessica earned her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Substance Abuse and Addictions from Antioch University. Her future goals include dual licensure in Mental Health Counseling along with Alcohol and Drug Counseling. She began her career interning, and was then employed at the Phoenix House in Burriville, Rhode Island for two years. At this residential program Jessica gained hands on experience working with at-risk adolescent males from the inner cities. During that time Jessica was running both process and coping skills groups which is where she explored her passion for person-centered approach. After completing her undergraduate degree, she entered her Masters program and completed two years of internship, before employment, at Addiction Recovery Services spending time in both the Portsmouth and Salem locations. Jessica believes in practicing self-empowerment and manifesting positivity by utilizing empathetic listening and humor. The most rewarding aspect of working at Addiction Recovery Services for Jessica is getting to be present for those who long to feel a sense of connection.
Contact the Team at Addiction Recovery Services
Salem NH & Portsmouth NH
Contact our admissions line today at 978-228-5853. You may also choose to email the team at Addiction Recovery Services.