About Us:Triad for Change in Sacramento, CA

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About Us

Who we are and what we do.

The "Triad for Change" program at the Center for Higher Purpose is a dynamic initiative aimed at transforming lives through substance abuse counseling and recovery.
"Triad for Change" is more than just a program; it's a transformative journey towards a brighter, addiction-free future. At the Center for Higher Purpose, we believe in the power of change, the resilience of the human spirit, and the potential for enduring recovery. Join us on this path to transformation. 
Here are the key elements that define the essence of "Triad for Change":

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    Holistic Approach:

    "Triad for Change" takes a comprehensive, holistic approach to substance abuse counseling and recovery. It combines the expertise of clinicians and graduates with doctoral-level clinical psychology backgrounds and certified Substance-Use Disorder (SUD) counselors who bring years of practical experience to the table.

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    Understanding the Root Causes:

    The program deeply explores the underlying causes of addiction, acknowledging that addiction is not solely about substances. It delves into the unhealthy coping mechanisms that individuals develop, regardless of their background or life experiences.

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    Personalized Recovery: 

    The program recognizes that each individual's journey to recovery is unique. It tailors recovery plans to the client's personal story and history with addiction. Evidence-based interventions are customized to address individual circumstances and needs, aiming to break the cycle of relapse.

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    Certified Outpatient Program:

    "Triad for Change" is a California State Certified DMC (Drug Medi-Cal) Outpatient Program. This certification underscores its commitment to providing high-quality substance abuse treatment and recovery services. Center for Higher Purpose, Triad for Change program is a rendering provider, which means Medi-Cal clients must be referred to us by a larger organization. Self-pay clients can be served immediately with no wait periods.

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    Serving Diverse Populations: 

    The word "Triad" in the program's title reflects its dedication to serving three distinct populations:
    Working Professionals: Including EMS Workers, Law Enforcement, Parole/Probation Officers, Social Workers, Teachers, Veterans, and Medical Staff. The program recognizes that addiction can affect anyone.Justice-Impacted Individuals: Offering support to individuals reentering society from correctional institutions or those mandated to enroll in a treatment program through drug court.The Average Citizen: Extending a helping hand to those facing addiction, regardless of their background, who seek lasting, positive change in their lives.


About the CEO Dr. Carol Breiling

I am a native New Yorker, born and raised on Long Island (and yes, I still have my NY accent). I am also a 2-time Veteran, having served in the US Navy and Air Force with a 16-year break-in-service in between both enlistments. I have since retired from the Air Force in 2014 as a disabled veteran.
In between my two enlistments with the military, I was married, had three daughters, was divorced and “learned the hard way” how to effectively co-parent our children. Twenty-five years later, I was married again for the 2nd time. This marriage is built upon love, respect, equity and a myriad of shared interests…. But in the period of time immediately after my divorce, I found that I was desperate to learn why I did the things I did and why others did the things they do – so I began to take courses in relationships, which led me to the field of psychology; and then I could not stop learning. I completed my Bachelor’s degree in 2012, my Master's degree in 2014, and my Doctorate Degree in 2020 - All from the field of Clinical Psychology. To this day, I continue to take courses and learn anything that helps me to build upon my career – which is to help and serve others.

As you may have realized, I specialize in Addiction and Substance Use Disorder, but I also tend to clients’ needs of navigating through tough Relationships; I host groups for Divorce Recovery, Effective Co-Parenting, Grief and Loss. I also help clients to understand the long-term effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). I found that I enjoy working with the Correctional Reentry population, which often includes many discussions about Post Incarceration Syndrome (PICS) and how to adjust to life on the free side of the fence. With every population, I take a holistic approach to healing emotional wounds that some people have carried around with them for most of their lives.
I also enjoy talking to clients about other experiential topics that involve Spirituality, such as exploring Life after Life, Life-in-between-lives, Near Death Experiences (NDEs), Out of Body Experiences (OBEs), and I'm an End-of-Life Doula! An end-of-life doula helps others to talk about what they are currently going through as they face a terminal illness and how to process all the emotions that surround this, how to mend broken bridges from the past, or what they would like to say as their own live is nearing its end. In short, I help people to “end well .”I once heard a testimony; the speaker talked about the words on Grave Stone… where you see the person’s beginning and end dates usually separated by a “dash,” but the most important part of the message on the gravestone is the dash itself. It represents the memory or the legacy the individual left behind. The dash represents how you “lived your dash,” the period between the beginning and the end. It is the joy of my heart to help clients to get "unstuck" from their situation and learn how to end well in all situations.
You will find when working with me that I thoroughly enjoy hosting group discussions, group recovery and of course, I enjoy hosting individual therapy sessions as well. I hope to help you through your dash or this phase of life so you can proceed much lighter to the next phase. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

My Credentials

Psychology Doctoral Degree California Southern University  Clinical Psychology Masters Degree Argosy University Counseling Psychology with Marriage & Family Therapy Bachelor of Science Degree Liberty University  Psychology /minor in Christian Counseling