About Our Drug and Alcohol Rehab in NJ

If you want to AWAKEN a life full of possibilities, without the burden of addiction holding you back, then you're in the right place. Yes, you've happened upon the one drug and alcohol rehab in NJ you can trust. Let's begin the journey to lasting recovery together.

About Absolute Awakenings

We are Absolute Awakenings. It is our mission to lead people struggling with a substance use disorder to to long-term recovery. Untreated, addiction can become a chronic and fatal disease. There’s no other drug and alcohol rehab in NJ that can even approach what we do every day. We understand that there is no single way to attain recovery.  It is our promise and our obligation to deliver a unique and highly individualized recovery experience to every client we treat.

It is our job to convey to our clients that we empathize with how they feel and that we are going to do everything in our power to help them. Evidence has shown that treating the mind, body, and spirit are vital to providing long term recovery. After being separated from the substances, we need to get down to the causes and conditions. We awaken the mind using several forms of evidence-based therapy.

Our Facility Matches Our Reputation as The Most Effective Rehab in NJ

Together, we will approach the mental hurdles that have stifled many of our hopes, dreams, and ambitions to recover. We will treat the body by incorporating physical exercise, yoga, meditation, and a healthy approach to diet all tailored to each client’s personal goals. We treat the soul by providing practical solutions to allow for a thriving future as well as encouraging spiritual growth.

Evidence shows that when we provide those suffering with addiction with improved family and social relationships as well as a purpose filled life, we dramatically improve the outcomes for long term recovery.

Get sober, stay sober – recovery is possible.

Our Team

Timothy Jackson

Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder

Since opening Absolute Awakenings for the treatment of Substance Use Disorders, Tim has truly felt fulfilled in his passion of assisting addicted men and women.

Tyler Kempson

Chief Operations Officer | Co-Founder

Tyler Kempson is a certified peer recovery coach from Sparta, New Jersey, and one of the managing partners of Absolute Awakenings Treatment Center.

Cheryl Semiz

Cheryl Semiz

Chief Marketing Officer | Co-Founder

Cheryl is the Chief Marketing Officer at Absolute Awakenings Treatment Center in Denville, NJ. She is passionate about helping find recovery for those struggling with addiction.

Megan Stoia - Managing Director at Absolute Awakenings Treatment Center

Megan Stoia, CADC, SHRM-CP


Megan is the Managing Director for Absolute Awakenings. Ms. Stoia has extensive administrative and operational experience working in substance abuse treatment facilities across the US. She has spent the past 15 years in leadership roles within the insurance and behavioral health industries.


Laurie Deerfield

Laurie Deerfield

Medical Director

Psy. D. Doctor of Psychology 
AOBNP Board Certified in Neurology and Psychiatry 
AOBFP Board Certified in Family 
ABAM – Board Certified In Addiction Medicine 
ASAM – American Society of Addiction Medicine

Candace Kotkin-De Carvalho LCADC-LSW-CCS-CCTP Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor, a Licensed Social Worker, a Certified Clinical Supervisor.

Jenna Schipper, MSN, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP


Psychiatric APN
Jenna Schipper PMHNP, CARN-AP, is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner whose
primary purpose is to support, educate and treat clients struggling with substance
abuse and mental health disorders.

Gina Sabatino, MA, LPC, NCC, CCTP


Gina is a graduate of Caldwell University with a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling & Art Therapy. Gina is a National Certified Counselor and recently obtained certification as a Clinical Trauma Professional.

Tim Weaver, LPC, LCADC


Tim is dually licensed as an LPC and LCADC. Tim is a long-time practitioner and instructor of Zen meditation and mindfulness practices, and he utilizes a person-centered approach to therapy. He has been affiliated with Absolute Awakenings since June of 2020.

Davida Rabinowitz ,LCSW​

Primary Therapist

Davida is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has many years of experience helping varied populations. She is licensed in NJ and NY , and have a robust private practice in addition to my position at Absolute Awakenings. Additionally, Davida supervisors MSWs for their licensure.

Ben Goldman, MBA​


Ben is a leader in the Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Field. In his quest to help others recover from addiction, Ben has worked continuously in the Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder field for 3 years. He currently leads our Marketing Department as the Director of Regional Business Development.

Erica Bessemer​​


Erica is an experienced admissions coordinator who gained an interest in the field through her own journey into recovery from addiction. Now she helps others get clean and sober.

Megan Epstein

Case Manager

Megan is a Case Manager at Absolute Awakenings and a New Jersey native. She has experience in management from the hospitality industry and is a passionate advocate for sober and drug-free living.

Amy Arvary

Amy Arvary


For over a decade Amy Arvary has been sharing the secrets of personal growth with private clients, teams, and groups throughout the country, and now she is helping Absolute Awakenings.

For over a decade Amy Arvary has been sharing the secrets of personal growth with private clients, teams, and groups throughout the country, and now she is helping Absolute Awakenings.