Erie Hebert

LMSW, LCDC

Counselor

Social workers typically have interesting life stories and personal experiences with tragedy that tug at our heartstrings and propel them into such challenging roles.  I am no different.  Born and raised in New Orleans, and to a family deep-rooted in alcoholism and drug addiction, I took the path that was carved out before me and nearly lost my life trying to find an easier, softer way to maintain my addiction. In 2003, after many tried and failed attempts at recovery, I found myself homeless in Wyoming, clinging to an outlet that was to be miraculous in my transformation: the United States Army.

In 2004, I enlisted as a Cavalry Scout in the US Army and joined the fight in Baghdad. I was blessed to discover I thrived from helping those who had no voice. The military afforded me the opportunity to broaden my range of service when I earned my commission as an officer, and later led troops back into Iraq for a second combat tour. The price of selfless service and overseas, combat tours weighed heavily on my alcoholism and family as I was medically retired, suffering from combat trauma. On December 9, 2014, I ceased fighting my addiction, surrendered and accepted help. An influential VA social worker clued me into a very basic tenant that would be my guiding light through the most challenging of times: I can only keep my sobriety if I give it away.

In 2015, I went back to college and earned a BA in Social Work from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, an MA in Social Work from the University of Southern California, and state licenses for both my LMSW and LCDC.  I’ve held positions in Bell County’s Mental Health Indigent Defense Program, Harker Heights Police Department’s Healthy Homes Program, and as a substance abuse counselor at a domestic violence shelter. Just preceding my employment with the Arbor Behavioral Healthcare, I was on Bluebonnet’s Mobile Crisis Outreach Team responding to mental health activations throughout Williamson County.

My journey has allowed me to serve those most stigmatized and oppressed at their unique points of friction and vulnerability. Nothing has compared to the satisfaction I’ve felt by helping another, for it’s true that “one alcoholic helping another will save the day.” I feel grateful to be able to pay it forward by helping struggling alcoholics and addicts at the women’s house at the Arbor Behavioral Healthcare.

So I laid down my rifle and grasped tight the spiritual toolkit laid at my feet, ready to join your loved one in the fight for their life!