Stephan McLaughlin, LMSW
Intensive Outpatient Program Therapist
Stephan McLaughlin is currently serving as an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) therapist at The Oaks at La Paloma. He began that role in May 2018. Previously, he was a residential counselor and a primary therapist at The Oaks before working as a therapist at Compass Intervention Center. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in substance abuse counseling from the University of Memphis and a master’s in social work from the University of Tennessee.
Before entering the world of recovery, McLaughlin spent more than 35 years as a businessman. Several decades ago, he had his own battle with addiction and decided to redirect his career toward working with those seeking recovery from addiction and treatment for co-occurring disorders. Roughly 20 years after his own recovery, he became an interventionist, working with the HEAL Foundation and writing a book about healthy relationships, Seeking Self: An Inner Journey to Healthy Relationship. “Treatment and recovery saved my life …, and helping others keeps me engaged in recovery and learning about healthy relationships,” McLaughlin says, adding, “Call it my 12th-Step blessing.” Today, he enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter and dogs, and he plays a number of outdoor sports.