Ricki Townsend

Founder of A Path To Recovery

In recovery since 1984, Ricki has since educated herself in the “why” of addiction and now spends her time supporting others in their healing, finding their truth, and looking within. A loving mother of three and grandmother of seven, she is most grateful for the love and support of her husband of 34 years, Michael.

Belief, Faith, Action—the key to sobriety. It does not matter if you’re an addict on the streets, having lost everything, or a seemingly functional person, not yet having lost family, friends, home. Addiction knows not race, gender, socio-economic status and is a self-destructive course that leads to self-loathing and unhappiness. Ricki’s belief is that once we acknowledge and accept the need to heal the trauma, our lives just open up to vast possibilities.

Ricki has been trained in several models of intervention:

  • Systemic Model of Intervention (Focus on the family as a whole)
    • It is gentle and respectful.
    • It is not secretive or conspiratorial.
    • It is less stressful on the family and the loved one.
  • The Family Meeting Intervention (family members and/or friends come together respectfully)
    • Discuss the issue.
    • Come up together with an approach that fits.
  • ARISE(A Relational Intervention Sequence for Engagement)
Ricki has been certified and/or trained in the following areas:

  • Board Registered Interventionist (BRI 1)
  • National Certified Addiction Counselor (NCAC)
  • Certified Addiction Specialist (CAS)
  • Registered Addiction Specialist (RAS)
  • Betty Ford Professionals In Residence program
  • Grief Recovery Specialist® and Hospice
  • Community Law Enforcement Chaplain
  • Mediation
  • Amnesty Mediation
  • (CISM) Critical Incident Stress Management
  • (CIT) Critical Incident Teams (Law Enforcement)
  • Art – A Healing Tool
  • Daughters of Tradition I and II
  • Beyond Trauma
  • Voices

Ricki also:

  • Sits as a Certification Commissioner for NC-CAP (under NAADAC ).
  • Sat as a Consumer Reviewer for The Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (Department of Defense) for four years
  • Received the Outstanding Women Leaders, Luminary Award from the National Association of Women Business Owners(2010)
  • Was recognized for “Making The Difference” during her loyal 10 year leadership, dedication and commitment to Francis House. Francis House is a resource center here in Sacramento, for the Homeless and Poor. (2010)
In 2008, Ricki:

    • Partnered with Mooretown Rancheria and facilitated a 10 week workshop for girls 12 to 17 years in age called “Voices”.
    • Was part of a group of women who brought the Sacramento community together for Prevention Education. The website Pathway to was produced, as well as Helped make Collision Course, a video that went on to win an Emmy in 2012.

Watch Collision Course:

Hear Ricki Speak About Addiction:

Individual and Group sessions are available.
Phone: 916-539-4535

Serving the Sacramento, Fair Oaks, Carmichael, Granite Bay, Roseville, Folsom, Rancho Cordova, Rocklin, and Loomis areas.