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We are a group of friends that know first hand how addiction can ruin lives because we are in recovery ourselves.

We have felt the pain, guilt, shame and loneliness that addiction causes.  We are committed to helping as many people as possible break free from the bondage of addiction.

We know that recovery is possible, because we experience it everyday through the support of those we love and by the grace of God.


Lesley Linn (LCDCIII, ICADC)

Program Director

Lesley Linn is our Program Director and has worked in the field of addictions for over 16 years.  She graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2002 and went on to complete the Addiction Counseling Program at Capital University.  In 2004, Lesley was offered her first role as an addictions and mental health case manager.  Lesley went on to obtain her counseling license in 2007 and has been utilizing it to help others since.  Lesley also worked for the courts for over 12 years so she is able to help clients navigate through the criminal justice system when needed.  Lesley has a strong passion for helping others and seeing those we serve succeed in all aspects of their lives.  

When Lesley is not in the office, her time is well spent with her loving husband and two little boys.  Between work and home life, there is never a dull moment.  

Michelle Dineen (LPC, CCTP)

Counselor / Office Manager

​Michelle has lived in the Columbus area her whole life.  She attended Mount Vernon Nazarene University, graduating in 2004 with a bachelors degree in psychology. In 2005, she began the clinical counseling program at Ashland Theological Seminary.  Taking a little longer than expected (because life throws you curve balls), she graduated with a masters in clinical counseling in Dec. 2009.  

Michelle has experience working both in a private practice setting as well as community-based counseling.  From Jan 2009-October 2010, she worked at Wellspring Counseling Center, counseling clients of all ages/demographics struggling with anything from depression, anxiety, grief, marital strain, substance abuse, and many other mental health issues.  From October 2010-April 2011, she worked at The Rosemont Center where she utilized functional family therapy to help families who had delinquent youth (ages 11-17) at risk for institutionalization.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family & friends, leading worship at her church, running/exercising, & going to the movies.

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Joshua Wiseman (LICDC, MAC)

Clinical Director

Joshua Wiseman is the clinical director at Freedom Recovery. He has over 10 years of experience in the addiction field. Josh graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Social Work, then completed his Masters in Addiction Counseling through Walden University. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Clinical Education and Supervision through Walden University. Josh enjoys outdoor adventures and ultra-endurance sports. Ultimately, Josh has a true passion for helping others by empowering them to achieve new heights and breaking the cycle of addiction. 

Charles Vaughn (LPC, LICDC-S)

Clinical Supervisor

We would like to introduce you to our Clinical Director, Charlie Vaughn.  Charlie offers 34 years of experience working as a counselor, a trainer, a program director, and an adjunct professor at Ashland University. He is fairly new to the Columbus area; he comes to us from Ashland, OH, although he was born & raised in Chicago, IL. Fun fact, Charlie was friends with the actor, John Belushi, before he became rich & famous.


Charlie received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Western Illinois University in 1978. He then went on to obtain a Masters of Arts in pastoral counseling and psychology from Ashland Theological Seminary in 1982. He is licensed by The State of Ohio as a Professional Counselor (LPC) & as an Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor (LICDC-S). He is certified in relapse prevention.

Charlie has been happily married to his wonderful wife for 39 years.  Together, they have 8 children (4 girls & 4 boys) and 8 grandkids. He has served in our United States Air Force for 4 years during the Vietnam era. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, spending time with his family, and eating chinese food.

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Some of the goals we have set for ourselves include:
Renew Carf 3-Year accreditation in 2021

Obtain State Certification to provide Mental Health Services

Develop more community collaborations by growing our referral network


See our 2019 Performance Analysis below for more information on what we've been up to!

2020 Performance Analysis 

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