We believe in treating the client during the entire process of recovery.
‘No matter what’ is the foundation we seek to instill in the clients we treat.
As part of the human experience, life presents great joy and great obstacles. When we are living in despair and fear, some people turn to drugs, alcohol, or some other unhealthy behavior that leads us to a pattern where we feel like we’re circling the drain.
Whatever you are dealing with, you never have to use drugs or alcohol again. No. Matter. What.
No Matter What Recovery is your lifeline to wellness. In addition to providing education on healthy boundaries and communication in our everyday lives, we also treat the physical body with its ailments as holistically as we can.
We believe in reestablishing the way our clients handle life in the journey beyond treatment. Giving them a foundation that “we don’t drink or use, no matter what.”
We provide our clients with a plan for success, including aftercare and introducing them to a sponsor or recovery coach, as well as keeping them involved in the “No Matter What” community.
We can recover alone if we choose, but as addicts, we thrive in unity. We can’t do this alone.
We want this to be your last stop. You don’t have to ever drink or use again. We offer the hand of guidance and a way out; all you have to do is be willing.
If you are willing, we’ve got you the entire way. Every life is important. Every person matters. Every person is worthy of a life of love and happiness.
We give you the tools to help heal your body, mind, heart, and spirit.
Welcome to No Matter What Recovery!
Paulo Anthony Grayson is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, and now calls Los Angeles his home.
In addition to being Chief Executive Officer of No Matter What Recovery, Paulo works as a sober companion and is part of a team that conducts interventions with a focus on adolescents.
Paulo understands the importance of consistency and patience in early sobriety and helping others is his passion. He strives to make recovery for every client as impactful as possible while helping to instill healthy habits and alternatives to substance abuse.
Paulo has more than five years sober and is active in the Los Angeles recovery community: he serves as a chair on the Alcoholics Anonymous Los Angeles Convention (AALA) committee, as well as holds several service positions in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA).
Recognizing the need to be of service in other areas of his life, Paulo rides on a sober cycling team called the ‘Trudging Buddies.’ This group participates in the AIDS LifeCycle — a 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise money for the Los Angeles LGBT Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.
Paulo and his partner, Anthony, have two fur-babies — Nando and Decatur. Through sobriety, Paulo has had the gift of repairing his relationship with his family and loves to visit them in New Orleans as often as possible.
In his free time, Paulo enjoys anything athletic or fitness related, spending time with his friends, dining out, cooking at home, and binge-watching his favorite television shows. Furthering his career, Paulo is currently working on his Bachelors in Business at Grand Canyon University.
Monica is the Clinical Director for No Matter What Recovery.
Her focus is on addictions, co-occurring disorders, trauma, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, sexual abuse, domestic violence, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, mood disorders, grief and loss, school and behavioral issues, personality disorders, self-harm, self-esteem, and interpersonal and relationship issues.
Monica has over 25 years of clinical experience in diverse settings and has experience with many different client populations in a wide variety of settings, including those with severe and persistent mental illness, people experiencing homelessness, and victims of trauma.
She has worked closely with the numerous local government health departments and agencies and has consulted on a number of shows and series as an expert. In addition, she is a seasoned presenter in national conferences.
Monica received an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Colorado, and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Dr. Girgis brings more than 30 years of experience as a physician to the clients of No Matter What Recovery.
Dr. Girgis, the youngest of his class at the age of 23 years old, graduated with honors from Cairo University Medical School in 1981. After a one year internship in Primary Care, he worked as an Internal Medicine physician, then moved on to specialize in Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) surgery as a resident in a large teaching hospital in Cairo, Egypt.
In 1987, Dr. Girgis moved to the United Kingdom to pursue his long-term career specialty in Neurology & Psychiatry. He was an attached fellow at the prestigious King’s College at the University of London in the late 1980s and worked at The Maudsley Institute of Psychiatry, as well as Bethlehem Royal Hospitals in London. His research emphasized the interface between the brain and different body systems namely the Endocrine and Immune systems and how it affects the development and treatment of psychiatric disorders (Neuro-Psycho-Immuno-Endocrinology). The clinical and academic experience he obtained during his stay in the UK, along with his diverse background in medical and surgical specialties, had heightened Dr. Girgis’ interest in Biological Psychiatry and shaped his holistic approach in treating psychiatric disorders.
In 1991, Dr. Girgis settled permanently in the United States of America. He finished his post doctoral residency training at The University of Southern California in 1996 and went on to obtain his Board Certification in psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (January 1998). He then went on to obtain his Board Certification in Addiction Psychiatry (April 1998) and later the Board Certification in Psychosomatic Medicine in 2008, and continues to maintain all three Board Certifications which are current.
During his career, Dr. Girgis claimed rich and diverse experience in treating a wide spectrum of mental illnesses, drug-related disorders, and complex medically compromised psychiatric patients in multiple settings including hospital ICU’s as well as inpatient and outpatient practices in academic, governmental, correctional, and community based settings.
Dr. Girgis is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine & Psychosomatic Medicine at Loma Linda University School of Medicine; he also obtained three Board certifications in General Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine & Psychosomatic Medicine from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
John is a Primary Therapist at No Matter What Recovery and has been involved insubstance abuse treatment for the past 10 years. He overcame his own issues with substance abuse years ago and decided to commit to a career in helping others.
John received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Hunter College of the City University of New York. After receiving a certified alcohol and drug counselor certification from UCLA, John became a member of the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP). John completed a Masters of Clinical Psychology from Antioch University.
John has a deep understanding of the root cause of substance abuse and is trained in EMDR, trauma-focused CBT, and DBT.
In his free time, John enjoys spending time with his daughter, music, and aviation.