About Addiction Hope

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Our Mission

Our mission at Addiction Hope® is to support and bring hope to our vibrant online community through education and resources.  We constantly update our national treatment directory, support group listings, articles, and blogs to ensure the most accurate information is available to our community of addiction sufferers.  We host interactive social media events (Google Hangouts, Twitter chats, and webinars) for individuals struggling with addiction and their loved ones. This includes those battling substance use disorders, behavioral addictions, and any co-occurring mental health concerns. Addiction Hope is a Christian organization dedicated to promoting addiction recovery for individuals of all faiths.

Our Philosophy

Addiction Hope promotes ending addictive behavior, developing healthier coping skills and living a value driven life of health and well-being. We encourage establishing life enhancing habits to replace former self destructive behaviors. Addiction Hope believes that recovery is possible for those willing to engage in the profound physical, emotional and spiritual work necessary to give up the addiction and forge a new way of being in the world that embraces health, authenticity and wholeness.

Who’s Behind Addiction Hope®

Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC – Founder & President @ Eating Disorder Hope® & Addiction Hope®

jacquelynJacquelyn Ekern founded Addiction Hope® in January, 2013, after experiencing years of inquiries for addiction help by visitors to our well regarded sister site, Eating Disorder Hope®. Many of the eating disorder sufferers that contact Eating Disorder Hope also had a co-occurring issue of addiction to alcohol, drugs, and process addictions (such as gambling, sex, shopping, etc). Because she believes in holistic recovery that addresses all of the destructive patterns or behaviors engaged in by the individual, it became clear that it would be helpful to also have a site that deals foremost with addiction, for those that suffer from addiction as a primary concern.

Jacquelyn Ekern is a fully licensed therapist and she is President of Ekern Enterprises, Inc. which operates both the Addiction Hope and Eating Disorder Hope organizations and websites.

Jacquelyn has a Bachelor of Science in Human Services degree from The University of Phoenix and a Masters degree in Counseling/Psychology, from Capella University. She is a member of the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA), Academy of Eating Disorders (AED), the Eating Disorders Coalition (EDC) and the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp).

Baxter Ekern, MBA – CEO @ Eating Disorder Hope® & Addiction Hope®

imageBaxter Ekern is the CEO of Addiction Hope® and Eating Disorder Hope®. He responsible for the management and operations of Addiction Hope and Eating Disorder Hope.

Baxter began his college education at Texas Christian University, and transferred to Texas A&M University where he received a BS degree in Journalism with a minor in Marketing. He then went on to earn his MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Baxter enjoys watching football, playing tennis, fishing and spending time with his family.

Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC – Director of Content and Social Media – Eating Disorder Hope® & Addiction Hope®

imageCrystal Karges is a contributor to the Eating Disorder Hope® and Addiction Hope® sites and associated social networks and blogs. Crystal has a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Point Loma Nazarene University and a Masters degree in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Saint Joseph. Crystal has several years of experience working within the healthcare field, including nutrition education, medical nutrition therapy, and the nutritional management of eating disorders, both in an inpatient and outpatient setting.

Crystal is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), the Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group (PNPG), the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp), the International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians (IFEDD), and the International Lactation Consultant Association.

Chad Iverson – Director of Operations & Business Development – Addiction Hope®

imageChad Iverson is the Business Development Coordinator for Eating Disorder Hope® and Addiction Hope®.

Chad graduated cum laude from Menlo College School of Business with a B.S. in Business Administration and a minor in Mass Communications. He has experience as a Key Account Sales Rep, Business Development Manager and Sales Operations Manager in Global 500 and Start-up Companies.

Chad enjoys spending his free time with family and friends, especially in outdoor and athletic activities.

Courtney Howard – Director of Operations & Business Development – Eating Disorder Hope®

Courtney Howard is the Director of Operations & Business Development for Eating Disorder Hope. She is proud to be a passionate advocate for eating disorder awareness and recovery.

After graduating summa cum laude with a B.A. in Theatre Arts from San Diego State University, Courtney earned her paralegal certificate in Family Law and became a Certified Domestic Violence Advocate through her work at a Los Angeles women’s shelter.

As a Certified Life Coach, Courtney launched Lionheart Eating Disorder Recovery Coaching in 2015. She also has a love for writing and regularly contributes content to Eating Disorder Hope.

Jane McGuire– Publishing Manager @ Eating Disorder Hope® & Addiction Hope®

imageJane McGuire is the Publishing Manager for Eating Disorder Hope® and Addiction Hope®.  Jane also spearheaded a 12 step focused article and blog program on Addiction Hope, inspired by her profound regard for the help the 12 step programs have provided to addiction sufferers.

Jane graduated from Eastern Oregon University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business. She worked in management and as an Administrative Assistant for a Fortune 500 company for over twenty years when she decided to change gears and pursue her passion to work with people in crisis and recovery. Jane believes that everyone has a story of trial, that when shared, can be used to benefit and encourage someone else who is struggling to find hope and direction.

Jane enjoys spending time with her husband, children and volunteering at her church, as well as her two dogs, Maya and Pistol.