About Mark McMillan, Owner
Mark McMillan Professional Bio
Mark is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), and Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CAADC), specializing in substance abuse issues and diverse populations. After completing his Bachelor’s in Social Work (BSW) from Eastern Michigan University (EMU), he joined the Peace Corps and served as an HIV/AIDS Education Volunteer in Bangkok, Thailand.
Upon his return to Michigan, Mark began a short career in retail management, while navigating a growing alcohol use disorder. Mark made the difficult decision to enter an Intensive Out Patience (IOP) treatment program and first got sober from alcohol in 2002. A little over a year later, Mark relapsed, and his been continuously in recovery from alcohol since October 3, 2003.
Mark obtained his Masters from the advanced MSW program from Wayne State University, with a concentration in substance abuse & addiction. Being in recovery himself from alcohol has given Mark a unique perspective on the challenges facing clients wanting to get help with their addiction issues, especially with LGBTQ+ clients seeking addiction treatment. In addition to substance abuse counseling, Mark also is an experienced therapist with depression, anxiety, couples counseling and other mental health issues.
Professionally, Mark is a trained facilitator in a variety of professional trainings and workshops, and has experience working with inclusion & microaggression issues from an LGBTQA+ perspective. Mark has presented on a variety of topics at a local, state and national level. His training topics include addiction issues, out-of-control behavior approach to treatment of addiction, microaggressions and treatment issues, ethics in substance abuse treatment and oppressed and specialty populations, opening up relationships and other gender and sexual orientations issues.
In addition to his clinical and professional experience, Mark is also on the Board of Directors for the National Association of LGBT Addiction Professionals (NALGAP), where he holds the position of Vice-President. The NALGAP mission is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of alcoholism, substance abuse, and other addictions in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities.