About the Center

Our Philosophy

Medication alone is not enough, counseling alone is not enough, support and encouragement alone are not enough; but when all of these elements are combined there is a foundation for successful recovery.

The Life Change Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has been providing recovery services for heroin and prescription medication abuse concerns since 1999. We offer a variety of services to help people to make the changes necessary to beat their drug addiction. The emphasis of our recovery program is based on two primary themes; empowerment and improving quality of life. We have a talented group of staff members with expertise in recovery from opios

Our Success Rates

Heroin and prescription pain killer abuse has increased to epidemic rates, and alarmingly high rates among young people. The problem is growing and the social costs are skyrocketing.

In response to this epidemic, researchers have shown that the rates of recovery without any treatment at all are around 20%. Yet, medication assisted treatment models exceed 55% drug free. Medication assisted treatment models have been the best practice for treating opioid addictions since the models were first introduced in 1968.

The recovery program of The Life Change Center takes medication assisted treatment one step further, and includes specialized counseling in addition to medication and case management. The success rate of the Life Change Center is currently at 72%. Yes, 72% of the individuals seeking help have been able to stop using opioids within the first 60 days.

Our Location

From I-80:

Take I-80 to the 395 North exit. Take the first exit, Oddie Blvd and then stay right, heading East on Oddie Blvd. Take a left on Sullivan and proceed to The Life Change Center at 1755 Sullivan Lane.

From Highway 395:

Take 395 North to the Oddie Blvd. exit. Stay right, heading East on Oddie Blvd. Take a left on Sullivan and proceed to The Life Change Center at 1755 Sullivan Lane.

Team Members

At the Life Change Center, we pride ourselves on the quality of our staff. Our counselors are experts in the area of heroin and prescription medication addictions, and our counselors love their work. Our medical and administrative staff are experts in addictions in their own right. Through their years of working with the people we serve, their training on recovery and their role in the team approach they provide incomparable service and insight.

Leadership Team

John Firestone
Executive Director, Counselor

Elvira Wood
Clinical Director

Ryan Zeller
Medical Director


John Firestone MSW, LADC
Elvira Wood LADC
Curt Fonken CADC
Chuck Boston CADCI
Heather Gonzalez CADCI
Casey Herrera CADCI
Kelly Johnson CADCI
Dave Kemppainen LCADC
Cindy Valverde CADCI
Marcos Angelides CADCI

Medical Staff

Ryan Zeller D.O. – Medical Director
Marilyn Stephan LPN – Nurse/Nursing Supervisor
Theresa Anderson LPN – Nurse
Chris Morris LPN – Nurse
Lucy Arzate MA – Medical Assistant
Tania Torres MA – Medical Assistant