Whitney Reina

PDAP Older Group Coordinator & Peer Counselor

Counselor Intern 

Whitney is in long term recovery from substance disorder. She entered the world of recovery at age sixteen. She learned how to effectively communicate and developed a relationship with God. She became aware of her emotions, and created new, healthy habits. She discovered how rewarding relationships were when based on connection and trust. Accepting herself, she became comfortable in her own skin, sober.

Now, recovery is a way of life. Whitney graduated from Alamo Heights High School a year ahead of her class in 2010. Then, she received an Associate in Academic Studies from Lamar State College-Port Arthur in August 2013. Next, Whitney received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, minoring in Sociology, from Lamar University-Beaumont in December 2015.

She is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern and is currently working on a Master degree at St. Mary’s University in their Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.

Rise Recovery’s PDAP program was Whitney’s foundation for sobriety and success. Her mother, father and sister also attended Rise Recovery’s PDAP family group where they were greeted with compassion and love and learned about the disease of addiction.  She wishes to help individuals and families affected by drugs and alcohol. She believes that we each have infinite value, and we can overcome substance use, if we are willing.

She likes to spend time with her family, and two adorable cats, Max and Rhya. In her spare time, she likes to read poetry and go fishing.