Our Sober Living Team
Founder & Program Director
Chris proudly serves as co-founder and Program Director of Arbor Park Recovery. As a person in long-term recovery, Chris is motivated by his passion and dedication to help others achieve sobriety. Chris's professional experience in addiction recovery began 13 years ago when he saw the need for individuals who left treatment needed a supportive living environment before they moved on to the next step in life. He has served as State Coordinator for a well-known nonprofit sober living community where he managed over 50 properties and opened 35 of those in the Dallas area.
Chris is a passionate advocate for the recovery community at large and has traveled extensively within Texas and across the United States speaking with coalitions and advocating the importance of sober living. Chris has also coordinated the Stephen Cripe and Pete Wheeler Foundations which helps fund individuals into sober living facilities and he was recently voted in as the advocacy chair for the Dallas Texas Association of Addiction Professionals (TAAP).
Chris believes that through compassionate and comprehensive recovery-supportive services, everyone touched by addiction can heal and become happy, healthy, and productive members of society.
James Carrell, LCDC, LCSW
Sobriety Session Instructor
James is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC). He received his Masters of Science in Social Work at the University of Texas at Arlington in 2012, and has extensive working history as a Therapist, Case Manager, and Sober Coach in the treatment industry. James is currently a contract therapist at Solutions Outpatient Services in Dallas, Texas and Casa Colina Treatment Center in Waxahachie, Texas. His duties include conducting client intake assessments, preparing treatment and discharge plans, and developing relapse prevention strategies for clients. James has experience facilitating group and individual therapy sessions while encouraging clients to successfully network into their respective 12-Step recovery communities, as well as assisting them in finding sober living environments all over the country. His most recent endeavor includes becoming a Certified Daring Way Facilitator (CDWF), the cutting-edge process on shame resilience and vulnerability, established by Brené Brown, PhD.
James completed his Bachelors of Business Administration undergraduate degree in 1983 from Baylor University and pursued a 25-year career in the restaurant service industry. During this time James fine-tuned his interpersonal and communication skills which have enabled him to successfully interact with many types of personalities. He has spoken at nationally recognized organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), volunteered at the local affiliation of Chemical Awareness, Resources, and Education (C.A.R.E.), has been an active member in good standing of Alcoholics Anonymous for over a decade, and has established a nationwide recovery network. James is well known for his capacity to listen and connect with clients on a level where they feel comfortable and trust in his support. His first-hand experience overcoming an addiction with drugs and alcohol has given him the ability to instill hope in others and help them find their path to recovery.
James is truly passionate and has dedicated his life to helping individuals find their inner strength and persevere through their addictions into a world of recovery which enables them to enjoy a full life.
Paul is a person in long-term recovery and a trained recovery coach. After being delivered from drugs and alcohol in 2001, Paul has had a heart and passion to see the recovering community be set free from the bonds of addiction and addictive behaviors. Throughout his years of ministry/coaching, Paul has not only taught the importance of leaving addiction behind, but the importance of confronting life's issues such as anger, bitterness, depression, anxiety, and suicide, in order to overcome, release, and be equipped to become the leader those he mentors are destined to become. Through his energy and vision, Paul offers those struggling with addiction sincere compassion, mentorship, and companionship as they “walk out” this thing called life.
Paul and his wife Hollie Ybarra are the founders of Set Free Life Ministries/Coaching and is an active member of All Things Made New Mentoring Program and heads the “Family Point” program. Paul also enjoys carpentry, his ministry, and his wonderful children.
Paul is an extraordinary Pastor, carpenter, and father.