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Getting to Know the Staff at Turning Point of Tampa: Gloria Bailey, Intensive Outpatient Program Therapist

Gloria started her career at Turning Point in 2016. She began as a Residential therapist, moving over to the Intensive Outpatient program in 2017.

She obtained her degree in counselling at the University of Florida and has an impressive amount of initials after her job title: LCSW, MCAP and CRSS!

Gloria was born in Hialeah, Florida. Her parents moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, early in her life and she spent her formative years there.

Her occasional binge drinking at the tender age of 19 did not hinder her early college career, however. Gloria attended the University of New Mexico, working her way through to obtain a degree in Travel and Tourism. Her goal at the time was a career in hotel management.

Things changed a bit on her 21st birthday, however. Gloria had the idea of drinking 21 drinks to celebrate. No, that’s not abnormal at all.

In 2000, Gloria moved back to Florida and her drinking continued to progress. It was at this point that she got another DUI. This time, the breathalyzer registered an impressive .36. As a result of that, the court had a breathalyzer attached to her car. Is it time to get help yet? “No, no, no!” she says.

In 2008, she was admitted to Detox after a 10-day binge. Gloria is pretty sure some bad stuff happened during those 10 days, but told me if I want to know more, I need to go the next time she speaks at a meeting. While in Detox, she had a spiritual experience in group one day and decided to enter Turning Point of Tampa’s Intensive Outpatient program. Her therapist was Jim Dwyer, whom she still speaks of reverentially and fondly.

Today, Gloria is very active in a 12-step program, is a sponsor and is also a member of a home group. She is chairperson of Soberstock, which is, according to Gloria, like Woodstock without the drugs. You can find out more at Additionally, she digs cycling on the Suncoast and watching psychological thrillers on Netflix.
Gloria told me that people who take up this line of work do so because they have a unique understanding and perspective on the client’s experiences and complex emotional needs. They want to help others to escape addiction for a better life.

To conclude:
Turning Point of Tampa worked out pretty well for GLORIA. Our goal is always to provide a safe environment and a solid foundation in
12-Step recovery, in tandem with quality individual therapy and groups. We have been doing Licensed Residential, Day/PHP, and Intensive Outpatient treatment in Tampa since 1987. If you need help or know someone who does, please contact our admissions department at 813-882-3003, 800-397-3006 or