Barbara " Barb" Williamson
Barbara Williamson is the founder and president of Way of Life Recovery, a network of sober living homes throughout the Bucks Montgomery and Delaware county region of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Williamson is both a member of and an advocate for the recovery community. As a teenager, Ms. Williamson began using drugs and was addicted to heroin before the age of seventeen. She was in and out of multiple treatment centers and ended up homeless for a period of time. After a long struggle and the willingness to try something different, Ms. Williamson found herself in a recovery home. This experience opened her eyes and motivated her to want to help as many young adults like herself struggling with addiction.
At 24 years old, Ms. Williamson had a dream to open houses of her own, wanting to offer luxury living focusing on a high level of individual care at a reasonable cost, which has never been done before. With only 1 year of sobriety under her belt, her mother, who had never given up hope, agreed to help purchase Barb’s first recovery home.
Initially Barb struggled being taken seriously in this Industry by treatment centers due to her young age and length of sobriety. Finally, a local treatment center, The Livengrin Foundation, believed in her vision and took a chance working with Way of Life Recovery.
With the success of one home, Ms. Williamson was eager to expand and needed financial capital outside of her family. She approached a complete stranger, Jim Worthington, the owner of Newtown Athletic Club. After hearing her inspirational story, vision, and dedication to help others, Mr. Worthington wrote her a check to help fund her dream. This was the ticket Ms. Williamson needed to set her vision on fire and that is exactly what she did.
Ms. Williamson now owns and operates 15 sober living homes that provide personalized treatment plans, certified 24-hour staff with access to social workers, therapists, family programs, financial guidance, gym memberships, massage therapy, and social events to help residents form meaningful relationships amongst each other. Way of Life Recovery is now a nationally known organization and has worked with treatment centers globally.
With the opiate epidemic skyrocketing in our country, Ms. Williamson felt like she needed to do more. She shifted her attention to opening intensive outpatient facilities for adolescent and young adults. After a meeting with Dr. Huma Mahmood, an award-winning, double-board-certified psychiatrist, Ms. Williamson knew she found the right doctor to grow with.
With an amazing, all-woman team, Supreme Wellness treatment facility was created with a shared vision to provide the most innovated care to individuals in recovery. Currently, Supreme Wellness has 3 locations and is on the verge of opening a therapeutic day facility.
Ms. Williamson is passionate about giving back to her community and being living proof that recovery is possible. At just 30 years old, she is dedicated to fighting on the front lines for the still suffering addict and alcoholic.
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