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The Climb

Jon Dower, CIP, PR

Jon is a certified intervention professional through the Pennsylvania Certification Board as well as a certified recovery coach and peer mentor specialist in West Virginia. He earned his degree in political science with minors in communications and addiction studies from West Virginia University. Jon has performed many successful interventions in Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Leading the clinical services side of Ascension, his duties include interventions, management and working with the families of those in recovery. Jon builds relationships and coordinates with substance abuse treatment centers across the country. He places hundreds of individuals in the most appropriate facility yearly. Additionally, Jon serves as manager of operations of a non-profit sober living company with 32 beds in West Virginia.

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Addiction Questions We Receive from Caregivers

Jan 23, 2019 8:00:00 AM / by Jon Dower, CIP, PR posted in Addiction


At Ascension, we get many frequently asked questions from families about their loved ones who
are suffering from substance use disorder. We also see common situations that families find
themselves in.

First and foremost, it is our goal to help the loved one affected by SUD receive treatment, but we know that there can be many steps before we get there like setting boundaries and developing positive family relationships.

Learn more about common situations we see.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Substance Use Disorder Recovery

Nov 7, 2018 11:15:25 AM / by Jon Dower, CIP, PR posted in Addiction Recovery


Recovery from addiction can be hard, and even scary, especially if a person with substance use disorder (SUD) or their family member is unsure of what they should be doing or looking for.

At Ascension Recovery Services, we want to make sure that we are educating others about all aspects of recovery, from a person just looking for resources or for someone who is at the end of their treatment.

Keep reading to learn about some of the commonly asked questions we receive, such as, but not limited to:

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Staging an Intervention. Why Hire an Addiction Professional?

Jun 13, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Jon Dower, CIP, PR posted in Addiction Recovery


Having a substance use disorder (SUD) is hard, especially on the individual who is suffering as well as their loved ones.

Hiring an addiction professional is advisable when dealing with a loved one’s SUD.

Read on to learn why.

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Understanding Costs for Substance Use Disorder Treatment

Aug 14, 2017 4:49:00 PM / by Jon Dower, CIP, PR posted in Addiction Recovery, insurance coverage


Many families struggle to understand the cost of their loved one’s treatment. How much will it cost? Of these costs, what will my insurance cover? Are there any hidden fees? Will this leave me bankrupt? The stress of having an addicted individual in the family can be daunting enough on its own, and adding the stress of financing high-quality treatment can leave families feeling paralyzed. Here are a few things that can help you better understand the cost to your family:
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5 Common Mistakes in Choosing an Addiction Treatment Center

Jul 5, 2017 9:33:00 AM / by Jon Dower, CIP, PR posted in Addiction Treatment Center

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Choosing the right addiction treatment center for your loved one is a daunting task. Whether you have already researched extensively, are just getting started, or are overwhelmed and ready to make a hasty decision, there are many common mistakes in this new and unfamiliar process, and the best choices aren't always obvious.

Our consulting services can help you find your way, but to get you started, here are the five most common mistakes in choosing an addiction treatment center:
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