Who We Are

Our Story…

Nearly ten years ago, Ward Blanchard found his life’s passion – working in the field of mental health and addiction. Growing up in a small coastal town on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Ward’s desire for helping others was cultivated through the “small town” values of service, hard work, and volunteering. Ward’s professional career began in business as he represented the third generation to work at Kellogg Supply Company, a building supply and lumber chain founded by his grandfather. Working in an established family company provided Ward with the opportunity to understand the value of relationships, communication, and integrity.

Although Ward thoroughly enjoyed working in business and with his family’s company, the field of Psychology and the “helping profession” were careers always close to his heart. Coachella Valley in Southern California provided Ward an environment where he could continue furthering his education while also working alongside some of the world’s most well-known addiction and mental health treatment centers like, The Betty Ford Center, Michael’s House Dual Diagnosis Center, and Foundations Recovery Network. Ward moved to Palm Desert, California and went back to school in 2008 to receive his Master’s Degree in Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy. Specializing in addiction, Ward obtained his advanced addiction counseling education and credentials through California Association of Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CADC-II) which required a minimum of 8,000 hours of supervised counseling experience. Ward is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS) and has worked in all facets of addiction treatment: interventions, admissions, business development, therapy, continuing-care, and operations.

Ward Blanchard
Ward BlanchardLCAS, CSI, MA
Nearly ten years ago, Ward Blanchard found his life’s passion – working in the field of mental health and addiction. Ward’s professional career began in business as he represented the third generation to work at Kellogg Supply Company, a building supply and lumber chain founded by his grandfather. Specializing in addiction, Ward obtained his advanced addiction counseling education and credentials through California Association of Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CADC-II) which required a minimum of 8,000 hours of supervised counseling experience. Ward is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS) and has worked in all facets of addiction treatment: interventions, admissions, business development, therapy, continuing-care, and operations.
Cristina Blanchard
Cristina BlanchardLCAS-A, MA
Cristina was born and raised in Pasadena, CA and began working in the field of mental health/addiction while in graduate school at Pepperdine University in 2003. Cristina is a Registered Addiction Specialist, has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and is registered with the North Carolina Substance Abuse Profession Practice Board. Cristina began her career working with severe mental illness in an inpatient psychiatric setting, and then progressed to working with children, teens and families in various inpatient and outpatient settings. Cristina has advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and has been trained to work with children as young as 5 years old who have experienced neglect and abuse.
Allison C. Christie
Allison C. ChristieController, MBA, MA
Allison Christie-Croft is from Chicago, IL. She joined Blanchard Addiction Resources in April as the Office Manager. Allison graduated from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies Fisher Business School with a Master’s Degree in International Business Administration. After living overseas for twenty years, she moved to Charlotte, North Carolina. She worked in the extractive industries doing corporate social responsibility for the last twelve years and recently decided to follow her passion and enter the field of Mental Health and Addiction. Allison has been actively involved with the recovery community since moving to Charlotte a year ago and has a keen interest in supporting families dealing with the disease of addiction.

OUR CIENTS SAY

Blanchard Addiction Resources’ main focus is to concentrate on family case management because addicts need educated and active family members to help them comply with recovery plans.” – Ward Blanchard

“When the disease of addiction strikes a family, professional guidance and support is essential in finding a path of recovery for everyone involved. Ward has assisted our family with a calm, but firm demeanor, both in the early days when we were in a crises mode.”

MARGERET TINSDALE

“Through Ward’s coaching and excellent family weekends, we received vital education to support our child’s recovery and avoid supporting the addiction.”

ROSE JAMERSON