Professionals

” I have had several clients in common with Doug Casper and his team—in detox, sober companion and monitoring situations—and have heard nothing but praise and respect for their professionalism, integrity, and compassionate caring.”

Michael Skrodzki, MA, MFT San Rafael


“I’ve know Doug as both a professional and as a friend, and his enthusiasm that aligns with helping people recover is remarkable. I’ve always been able to count on him for any situation. I feel he specializes in complicated cases and he brings a much needed level of compassion to families in crisis.”

Ryan Cooper, Executive Director and Co-Founder of North Bay Recovery Center


“I worked with Doug Casper in a men’s long-term residential treatment center and was impressed with his knowledge of the disease of addiction, his understanding of the challenges faced in early recovery, and his ability to reach out to the most recalcitrant and unwilling of clients. Doug has an authoritative and experienced voice, as well as a disarming and 605544_60397447supportive demeanor. Never did I doubt that Doug was looking out for the best interests of our patients, nor did I doubt that patients recognized his utmost commitment to their well-being. Doug’s treatment expertise, personal experience, and common sense are a rare combination in the addiction treatment field. While by definition, not all addicts are prepared to change, it is clear to me that Doug’s approach motivates his clients to make serious and significant changes on their path to sobriety.”

Dr. Steve Balt, MD


“The team at Shine A Light Recovery is excellent. Their approach to helping clients make real addiction recovery possible creates a supportive space for clients to connect to a new way of life. I appreciate their desire to jointly customize clinically driven care for what are significant clinical issues. At the same time, I love that I continue to learn from them as well. Collaboration is easy and clients benefit from their care and commitment to the most optimal outcomes.”

Dr. Tracy Thomas, Ph.D.


“I have worked with Doug Casper and Shine A Light for three years as a massage therapist for detox, specifically for individuals in recovery. I believe in their individualized approach to intervention and ongoing recovery, especially with dual diagnosis. Because of the fragile nature of recovery—a flexible but firm approach with plenty of compassion is required. Doug and his team have that firmness and compassion.”

Carol Meer, BA, Certified Massage Therapist


“I have known Doug Casper for several years. The work that Doug and staff are doing at Shine a Light is rare and indispensable. I am a private practice psychotherapist specializing in substance abuse and sex addictions. I often consult with Doug regarding cases, interventions, treatment facilities, and approaching complex cases. Doug responds quickly and always has helpful insight. He is extremely committed to this work and will do whatever it takes to best help my clients.  More accurately, this is not just work for Doug, but a life’s work. He’ll meet clients at airports, meetings, in their home, help them get into the right treatment centers as well as providing the critical sober coaching and living arrangements needed.

I’ve worked in several residential and outpatient drug treatment centers. Time and time again I found that a structured comprehensive discharge plan was the critical piece lacking. Doug understands this major deficit and fills in the gaps where even the best drug treatment centers continually fail. I’d recommend a consultation with him and his staff at any stage of the recovery process. I believe he can be a lifelong partner and support in changing one’s life.”

Andrew Sussman, LCSW Private Practice, San Francisco


“Doug Casper and Shine A Light (SAL) have provided reliable and skillful recovery services to our patients for the last three years. Whether it is the middle of the night on a holiday or a weekend or at our regular staff meetings on Mondays, we have been able to count on Doug and SAL for support, navigation of the stormy seas of addiction and detox, emotional sophistication, and humor in the midst of it all. My association with Doug is one of the high points of my 25 year career in the field of addiction medicine.”

Howard Kornfeld, MD

Medical Director, Recovery Without Walls
Medical Director, Pain Management and Functional Restoration Clinic, Highland Hospital, Alameda Health Systems


“I’ve had the chance to work with Doug Casper and the Shine A Light organization on multiple occasions and have always found Doug and his staff to be extremely professional and compassionate. I view Shine A Light almost like a life-line for people who have run out of options and need a safe way to get help. On numerous occasions, Doug and his staff have assisted clients when they were in a very difficult and dangerous situations.

Working at a residential rehabilitation program I have experienced just how difficult transitions can be for clients. The transition into a program and working with families to initially have someone reach out for help, and the transition out of a program and helping clients re-integrate back to society. The Shine A Light organization is one that I trust to help individuals with these very difficult transitions. They are responsible, reliable, and truly care about the people they work with.

Senadhi Parakrama, Psy. D, Director of Clinical Services, Olympia House


“I have referred many clients to Doug over the past year and a half. Shine A Light is always available, even at last minute notice. The staff with whom I have worked is well trained and able to handle even the most challenging situations. The Shine A Light team is passionate about recovery; the clients I referred to SAL Recovery have been happy with his team of professionals. With his beautiful sober living home in San Rafael, I recommend Doug’s services to individuals seeking recovery.”

Rosemary O’Connor, Founder of ROC Recovery Services for Women