BreakAway Health Corporation
JCAHO Accredited
State Certified
Executive Director, CEO, Owner

Richard started with BreakAway over 31 years ago, working his way through every level of its care system. In 1999 Richard bought BreakAway Health Corporation. There are few other stories of people in the behavioral health field that have displayed such dedication to help and guide children and their families to have a better quality of life. Richard’s personal ethics and devotion, to his work, is a testament to the thousands of families that BreakAway has served over the years. We are proud that our counselors and staff follow the same principles as Richard by helping our clients and their families bridge the gap of communication, heal wounds and find their own inner truths. BreakAway Health Corporation programs are designed with the whole family in mind. Where addiction is present in a family, it can and will destroy relationships. Our hope and wish is that we can help by giving you the guidance and direction to lovingly heal family wounds and broken relationships

"Be good to yourself."

Peer Counselor

Jackson started his recovery journey as a client at Breakaway Health Corporation. Everything that he learned at Breakaway saved his life and prevented him from being swallowed up by his own addiction and has been working with Breakaway since March 2014. Jackson is a certified drug and alcohol counselor who also has experience with the National Alliance on Mental Illness and has a wide understanding of the effects of codependency. As primary case manager for the adult program, Jackson brings a powerful sense of empathy and compassion for those with addictions as well as mental health issues. Jackson also brings his love for fitness to the clients and helps them to experience the benefits of an exercise program. He also brings his passion for music and his knowledge of music theory to all clients who might be interested.

“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.”
-C.S. Lewis

Carey Elias
Peer Counselor

I am a graduate of Intercoast College with an Associates degree in social and behavioral sciences. I am currently continuing my education. I have a true affinity for helping others in their growth and healing due to my own personal journey of recovery from trauma and substance use disorders. I view my work here a BreakAway as not just a career but my life’s purpose. I am dually certified as a substance abuse and mental health practitioner through CCAPP

“To Live is to suffer, to survive is to find meaning in the suffering. “ -Friedrich Nietzsche

Danny Brizuela
Peer Counselor

My journey is not complete yet, since I am completing a Bachelors in Psychology and then, entering the BSN or MSN next year in order to achieve my long-term goal as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. My reason for working with co-occurring disorders population is the love, wisdom, and empathy I can offer clients to rise above the stigma, the stereotypes, the self-fulfilling prophecies, and the prejudice that clients have endured in their lives. Also, I get a sense of joy and fulfillment when I engage with clients in Breakaway Health Corporation and being able to help them feel comfortable that someone that works in the facility that understands them in their present time and their past. Inspiring hope and peace of mind that they too have the potential, ability, and strength to achieve greatness and find purpose in their lives. Since I started working in Breakaway Health Corporation on January 2018, I have found that each day, there’s a new person coming into the door that I can offer help and guidance and those in our care now, the commodity of treating our clients not as only patients, but as people in a state of equality. I am a proud to be part of Breakaway Health Corporation, especially working with my colleagues of similar backgrounds, spectacular personalities, and complete level of passion in our quest to save and change lives in this field of work.

“To conquer others is to know power. To conquer yourself is to know the way.” By Laozi (also Lao-Tzu or Lao-Tze) was a philosopher and poet of ancient China.
Medical Director / Psychiatrist

Dr Dorsey is a Senior BD Cert Psychiatrist, with extensive clinical and healthcare management experience, including general psychiatry, pharmacological research and substance abuse. He has served as Medical Director/Chief of Psychiatry at multiple hospitals and governmental agencies, including 12 years with BreakAway Health Corporation.

Adult Program Manager

I started working in the field of recovery over ten years ago when I began to work in an inpatient setting to help equip transitioning adults with sober living, anger management, and life skills. Seven years ago, when I transitioned into working in a nonprofit setting, I discovered a passion for working with people struggling with addiction and soon discovered an equally abiding love for working with families in recovery. After my first year, as part of the BreakAway family, I began to do case management work for both adolescents and adults. I have since taken on the role of Adult Program Coordinator. To this day my excitement in working with individuals has only grown with experience. In conjunction, so has my interest in anger management, family communication, and life skills. I am a Certified Anger Management Professional Trainer, a Certified National Life Coach, and a Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor.

“I believe all things, recovery included, are richer with humor, warmth, and tremendous enthusiasm.”

Peer Counselor / Life Coach

I have been working in the field of recovery as a counselor and case manager since 2014, however, my journey through recovery began in 2006 when I came to BreakAway myself at the age of 17 for treatment. Since that time it has been a passion of mine to work with others sharing the hope and healing that I had found for myself. I have been following my passion through school and currently hold a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services. I am also presently pursuing my Master's Degree in Counseling at California State University, Fullerton. It is my dream to work as a marriage and family therapist with those who suffer at the hands of addiction. I am so blessed to have the honor to work in the field with such an incredible population while I continue my education.

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.” –Albus Dumbledore

BreakAway Health Corporation

3151 Airway Ave, Suite D-1

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Phone - (714) 957-8229

Fax - (714) 957-0244

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