Biography of Michael Maloney

Michael is an expertly trained intervention specialist and certified addictions counselor. He has worked in the field of addiction medicine for the past 24 years. His career started out in the United States Army at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. While stationed there, his clinical acumen was honed as he trained side by side with many progressive and forward thinking creative minds in psychiatric and substance abuse care. Michael was attached to a combat psychiatric triage team during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He was also posted with the 121st MedEvac Hospital in Seoul, South Korea. Michael's duty station prior to being Honorably Discharged from the United States Army was Fort Stewart Georgia, home of the 3rd Infantry Division. Since his military discharge, Michael has worked in various substance abuse and mental health settings such as inpatient psychiatry, inpatient substance abuse care, intensive outpatient substance abuse care, and outpatient substance abuse and mental health care. Michael is also a talented, creative, and animated public speaker...reaching out to middle schools, high schools, and college campuses to promote drug abuse prevention and suicide prevention. Michael graduated from the University of Maryland with an undergraduate degree in social work. After one year of intensive academic training at the United States Army's prestigious Academy of Health Sciences at Fort Sam Houston, TX, he was awarded the military occupation specialty (MOS) title of Behavioral Science Specialist. Michael was one of approximately 200 Behavioral Science Specialists army wide tasked with the responsibility of administering mental health and addictions counseling to active duty service members and their dependents. While serving overseas in Korea, Michael earned and was awarded his certified addictions counselor credentials through Fort Sam Houston's Academy of Health Sciences drug and alcohol satellite program. Also, Michael finished his undergraduate studies in social work by way of the University Of Maryland's academic satellite program. Michael's indefatigable devotion to working with addicts, alcoholics, and combat veterans is equaled by his passion for reaching out to family members who have been caught up in the wake of their loved ones disease. "I wish to provide a 'recovery compass' to all who will take this journey...it is a journey of self discovery fraught with pain, sadness, and on the other side...healing, peace, serenity! I would inscribe the following words under the front cover of your compass...You are never alone. Not now. Not ever! Open up your compass. The only way to it...is through it! Every journey starts with...a step! Let's go for a walk, shall we?"