Gustavo Espino is a top-level addiction service professional with over 20 years of experience, specializing in substance abuse, therapeutic counseling, and workforce management. Gustavo is a dedicated specialist, bilingual in both English and Spanish, with excellent technical, analytical, and communication skills. He holds a Master’s in Education on Guidance and Counseling and Florida Certification Board Credential as Master Level Addiction Professional, Gustavo also is a Smart Recovery facilitator and is certified by San Buenaventura University in Medellin Colombia as Substance Abuse Counselor, and a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineer from Metropolitana University, Caracas, Venezuela.
Born and raised in Caracas Venezuela and witnessing the underserved communities of the inner cities, Gustavo quickly recognized the need for better substance abuse programs and jumpstarted his career into addiction services. Gustavo worked closely with Fundación Hogares Claret of Venezuela and later became Executive Director of “Despertares, Therapeutic community “a 20-bed treatment center for drug and alcohol abuse for adults. In 2007, he moved to the United States and joined CRUSADA a research program at Florida International University studying US Latino HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse for 4 years. He has since worked for many mental health and substance abuse institutes such as Elements Behavioral Health at The Recovery Place and Lucida Treatment Center, Delphi Behavioral Health Group At Pathway to Hope, Arete and Vista Pines amongst others with roles as a practitioner and executive manager.