Addictions Training Institute – December 2023 Student of the Month

December 2023 Student of the Month

December 2023 Student of the Month 

Reginald Smith

I’m currently self-employed as an OTR truck driver and I own a gourmet sauce and seasoning company called “Pure Heat Gourmet Sauce”. It’s currently sold in over 500 grocery stores and at My hobbies include roller skating, cooking, and spending time in the outdoors. I also have a pet monkey named Nino, a teacup poodle, a snake, and a bird! I’m very passionate about helping inner city kids and young adults avoid a life of crime and poverty.

I pursued education for drug and alcohol counselor related roles because I once dabbled in a life of substance abuse and dealing, which landed me in rehabs and prison. After doing some research, ATI appeared to be a good school with great instructors. I was also able to work at my own pace and it was very affordable. While studying at ATI, I really enjoyed meeting new people and hearing their stories or their “why”.

I’m in the process of opening a 50 bed, 90 day inpatient facility called “Pure Living Recovery and Rehabilitation Center” in East St. Louis, IL. What I enjoy most about my job is that it allows me to meet people of all walks of life. Once I become certified, it will allow me to counsel and mentor others who suffer from addiction. I feel that I’m accomplishing my biggest goals currently by completing the renovations at my center. I can’t say that I’m entirely where I want to be just yet, but with God’s graces and mercy, he’s definitely ordering my steps in that direction.