Our staff has extensive experience in treating individuals and families struggling with chemical dependency and co-occurring psychiatric disorders.

With the combined expertise in clinical psychiatry, pain medicine and leadership in a recovery plan,  we offer a collaborative recovery program.  We  offer a dynamic evaluation and treatment team at RecoveryWorks, an intensive outpatient therapy.

Clark Smith, M.D., DFAPA

Clark Smith - RecoveryWorks San Diego addiction Treatment

Clark Smith, M.D., DFAPA, is a nationally recognized expert in the evaluation and treatment of physicians, nurses, law enforcement officers and attorneys with alcohol and chemical dependency issues. Dr. Smith has worked extensively with the courts, professional licensing boards and the media to provide accurate information regarding chemical dependency and psychiatric illness treatment and recovery, while dispelling damaging and stigmatizing stereotypes.

After graduating from medical school at the University of Arizona, Dr. Smith completed an Internal Medicine internship and worked as an emergency medicine physician while completing specialty training in Psychiatry at UC San Diego. He was Chief Resident at UCSD Medical Center, Chief of Staff at Mesa Vista Hospital, and then founding Medical Director of the Sharp McDonald Center/Vista Pacifica Chemical Dependency Recovery Hospital, from 1989 to 2012.

Dr. Smith is board-certified in Addiction and Forensic Psychiatry, and also in Pain Medicine. He is past president of the San Diego Psychiatric Society, the San Diego Psych-Law Society, and currently serves on the California Psychiatric Association Judicial Action Committee. He is also an Adjunct Professor in Forensic Studies at Alliant University in San Diego.

Bonnie Hanika, Lead Counselor & Interventionist

Bonnie Hanika - RecoveryWorks San Diego addiction treatment - alcoholism helpLead Counselor, Bonnie Hanika, has over 25 years of experience in the treatment of chemically dependent individuals and their families. She is a seasoned counselor & case manager; providing education, individual & group sessions. Bonnie creates  & implements a Family Program that meets twice weekly throughout the course of treatment that is an asset related to positive change in family communication & relationships. (Research shows this to be an asset in maintaining long-term recovery.)  She excels at assisting clients to create a specific & comprehensive discharge plan designed to support ongoing recovery.

An extensive component of her professional expertise includes creating intensive outpatient programs that are maintained in accordance with mandatory accreditation requirements.  She has functioned as a Lead Counselor,coordinating four levels of patient care while supervising clinical staff & interns as part of an interdisciplinary team.

She has a long history of team building & cross training staff. Bonnie strongly recognizes the importance of ongoing monitoring of treatment programs as a means of consistently providing the highest level of client & family care.

She has had highly specialized education related to alcohol & other drug treatment, cognitive & family systems therapy as well as leadership training.

Rev. Heidi Johnston, Alternative Modalities Counselor

Heidi Johnston - RecoveryWorks San Diego addiction treatment - chemical dependency and co-occurring psychiatric disorders helpRev. Heidi Johnston is a clinically trained chaplain with more than 16 years’ experience working in hospitals and mental health facilities. She also has extensive experience working directly with addicted individuals. Prior to her chaplaincy work, Heidi served for 15 years in parish ministry. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Ministry and a Master’s of Divinity degree, as well a license of ministry in the Evangelical Covenant Denomination. Currently, Heidi serves as an Integrative Healing Coordinator for Sharp Memorial Hospital and is the creator of the alternative modality program, “Arts for Healing.”