Holdfast Recovery's Story

Our Mission

At Holdfast Recovery, our mission is to deliver high quality treatment, that emphasizes clinical excellence, physical wellness, and most importantly Christian values.

History of Holdfast

The term Holdfast is originally a nautical term borrowed from the Dutch “houd vast” (hold tight) referring to the importance of securing a ship’s rigging. In today’s world Holdfast means to bear down, grit it out and stay the course. At Holdfast Recovery we want to teach our clients to holdfast and be anchored in Christ as he will never fail them. The struggles the clients have had with addiction and trauma can only be solved through the renewing of their minds and spirits. For many, this involves addressing past traumatic experiences. For others, this means being honest with themselves for the first time. For all, this involves putting their faith in God as the one to set them free.

We Know What It Is Like. We Have Been There.

Work with a team who knows exactly what you are going through.

Our Values

Holdfast Recovery works with local churches and pastors to provide unique opportunities that allow each of our clients to strengthen their relationship with Jesus. Clients will receive daily devotionals that they will be able to use to connect themselves spiritually.

This devotional works well for new believers as well as those who are just looking to strengthen their relationship with Jesus. In doing this, clients are able to incorporate what they are learning in the Bible with what they are discussing in their substance abuse therapy.

During the Holdfast Recovery program, clients will attend two weekly Bible studies at the home of a local pastor and an in-house bible study. They will be able to build relationships and learn about Christ during these weekly gatherings.

They will also attend a 12-step recovery meeting every week. This meeting will continue to connect them with other believers as they continue forward on their journey. Along with these meetings they will be attending church as part of our Christian based rehab program.

What Sets Us Apart?

  • We Walk Alongside You As You Reconnect With Your Faith in God.
  • We Are Dedicated Not Only to Your Recovery, But to Your Start of a New Life.
  • We Are Always Available For You & Your Family.
  • We Provide Substance Abuse & Trauma Therapy to Treat the Root of Your Addiction.
  • We Know What It Is Like. We've Been In Your Shoes.

The Holdfast Recovery Team

Meet the Individuals Dedicated to Your Recovery
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  • Tim  Hayden Photo
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  • Mike  Stell Photo
  • Dr. Len  Balke Photo
  • Rex  Smyly, Psy. D.- LISAC- CDAC-CCBT-CDVC-CFC-CCJC Photo
  • Richard  Jewell Photo
  • Gwen  Melton Photo
  • Ryan  Quary Photo
  • Andrew  Sur Photo
  • Tony  Burris Photo
  • Jean  Coella Photo
  • Heather  Bowman, BS, CCTS Photo
  • Edward  Townes Photo
  • Jeff  Arsenault Photo
  • Robert  Engell Photo
  • Chris  Bulechek Photo
  • Todd  Lunn Photo
  • Jeff  Hines Photo
  • Jonathon  Rossi Photo
  • Brendan  McDonough Photo
    Brendan McDonough

    CEO

    “My goal in life is to share Christ by speaking, teaching, and leading by example. To be a father that is present and supportive of my family and children. To fight for the opportunity to set free those who suffer from addiction and trauma.”
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    Tim Hayden

    Co-Founder

    “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” – John Wesley
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    Jason White

    Board of Directors

    Jason has 10 years of sobriety and gives all the glory to God. He is actively involved in a 12-step program in his community. Jason has a deep dedication to serving others who are still struggling with addiction and his continued involvement in the client's lives is driven by his love of God and his belief in the Holdfast program.
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    Mike Stell

    Board of Directors

    Mike has been in recovery for 5 years and actively participates in the 12-step program of Narcotics Anonymous. Mike has brought a high level of expertise to the board of directors here at Holdfast. Mike has been instrumental in the application of business and ethics during his time here at Holdfast Recovery.
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    Dr. Len Balke

    Medical Director

    Dr. Balke has extensive experience working with those suffering from substance dependence and has been on staff and medical director for numerous treatment programs. His approach to patients is holistic and integrative and incorporates biological, psychological, and social aspects.
  • Rex  Smyly, Psy. D.- LISAC- CDAC-CCBT-CDVC-CFC-CCJC Photo
    Rex Smyly, Psy. D.- LISAC- CDAC-CCBT-CDVC-CFC-CCJC

    Clinical Director

    Rex started working in the field in 1998. He has worked in both the public and private sectors, and in both mental health and chemical dependency units, ranging from detox to outpatient levels of care.
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    Richard Jewell

    Primary Therapist

    Richard has worked in prevention and recovery since 2008 in a variety of fields, including motivational speaking, youth intervention, military, and first responder trauma, substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders.
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    Gwen Melton

    Director of Administrative Services

    Gwen has worked for 38 years in the corporate field for medicines, specifically as a CE and convention director, managing events for up to ten thousand attendees.
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    Ryan Quary

    Group Facilitator/Family Communication Coordinator

    Ryan has been in recovery since 2004 and worked in the industry since 2008. He is passionate about helping others help themselves. Over the years his relationship with Christ has strengthened and become a central role in his everyday life
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    Andrew Sur

    Behavioral Health Technician

    "I find peace in helping others and sharing my experiences so others can see that recovery is possible. Traveling, photography and anything outdoors keeps me connected with my God and assures me that I am not alone."
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    Tony Burris

    Fitness Coordinator

    Coach Burris has over 8 years of CrossFit experience with just over 6 years of coaching & training. He is a Level 2 CrossFit coach, with certificates in mobility, gymnastics, powerlifting, football & strongman.
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    Jean Coella

    Nurse Practioner

    Jean approaches each patient from a holistic standpoint and works with them on self-care, preventative care, and making sure if they do have any medical needs that these are taken care of as soon as possible.
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    Heather Bowman, BS, CCTS

    Primary Therapist

    Heather, a Prescott native, has multiple years’ experience in substance abuse, mental and behavioral health, as well as 15 years’ experience in the medical field including Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics.
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    Edward Townes

    IT Administrator

    Edward has been involved in the treatment industry for 5 years, with extensive experience in financial and legal issues for businesses.
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    Jeff Arsenault

    Case Manager

    Jeff has been in recovery since 2015. As the Case Manager, Jeff assists with some of the key aspects of life that a person needs to continue forward in their path of active recovery when leaving treatment.
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    Robert Engell

    Behavioral Health Technician Director

    Robert came to Prescott in 2015 in search of purpose and treatment for his gambling addiction. What he found was a loving community that helped him find love for himself that was buried underneath years of self-medicating.
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    Chris Bulechek

    Behavioral Health Technician

    Chris is a behavioral health technician at Holdfast Recovery and a graduate of Holdfast Recovery’s program. Chris found recovery through Holdfast Recovery’s program and is passionate about helping others on the path to freedom from active addiction.
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    Todd Lunn

    Behavioral Health Technician

    Todd Lunn is an Army veteran with the 10th MTN DIV and served during the first gulf war. During his recovery time at Holdfast, he found God and started his relationship with Him.
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    Jeff Hines

    Behavioral Health Technician

    "I found recovery through Holdfast Recovery and after graduating from the program and continuing to work on myself I was given an opportunity to work for the very company that changed my life and helped me deepen my relationship with Christ."
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    Jonathon Rossi

    Behavioral Health Technician

    "Going through the program at Holdfast Recovery has changed my life in many ways.  Before I came to Holdfast, I was a lost soul, and I was able to find myself and purpose in life. I realized I wanted to give back to people coming into recovery, just like people were giving and caring to me."
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Success Stories

    Highly Recommend

    “Holdfast gave me my life back! With a 90 day program and the will to stop I am 7 months sober yesterday.”

    - Edward H.
    Great Place to Recover!

    “I've known one of the owners for nearly 18 years and can attest to his integrity and passion for recovery. Great place to recover!”

    - Jason S.
    Awesome Facility & Great Staff

    “Real recovery takes place at holdfast. It's unlikely to find better therapy in the northern Arizona area.”

    - Andrew S.
    God First

    “Great place to help save lives. The staff actually cares about the clients and they get the clients to learn how to live life in recovery.”

    - Ethan G.
    Great Guys

    “Hands down the best place to go if you need some help getting closer to god and need recovery!”

    - Brock S.
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