Tribune Tribute: Becky Mullins
Anthony Gonzalez Civitas News Service
A family business has expanded their a practice into Elkin.
Becky Mullins and her daughter, Emily Mullins Scott, have opened a service center in a downtown office of Elkin to help service any resident in need of counseling.
The company specializes in services related to substance abuse and anger management.
All services are confidential.
Becky Mullins has been a substance abuse counselor for 19 years, but her career stretches even farther. She has worked in the public and private sector during her career.
While at the New River Mental Health Center she served as a coordinator for Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Watouga, and Wilkes County. She is a graduate of Mars Hill College. She is state certified as a substance abuse counselor, a certified criminal justice addictions professional, and a DMV evaluator.
Becky Mullins retired from the Department of Crime Control and Public Safety in 2001.
Becky Mullins said her business is a family business. Everyone from Emily’s grandmother right down to the administrative assistant are relatives.
“Everyone here is family and that atmosphere is passed to all of our clients who participate in any of our programs,” she said.
Mullins grew up near Wilkesboro, the oldest child, and drove a tractor on the family farm. Her father had five chicken houses.
“My mother said when I grew up I was going to college. Of course at such a young age, I didn’t even know what college was, but I knew its where I was going. With the need for education always being instilled, plus understanding what hard work was by working daily on a farm, I realized what I needed to do.”
Mullins said that farm work was not necessarily her cup of tea.
“I always wanted to be a social worker, so that’s what I put my mind to,” she said.
Mullins and Mullins is located at 107 Court Street in downtown Elkin. The service is open on Sunday’s from 2:30 - 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday from 6 - 8 p.m.
Anger management classes are held on 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday’s.
“Substance abuse is a terrible situation for people. If you look at court dockets, the root cause of many cases are because of drugs. I’m trying to make a difference in the lives of people.”
According to Mullins, its not necessarily about keeping to office hours.
“We’re all human beings. Everyone is welcomed to explore the services of what we do. All people have to do is call and I’ll get to them as fast as practical. I know its very difficult for some people to take that step. We work very hard at making those steps easiest for those in vital need,” she said.
The Elkin facility was the home of the former Elkin Police Department. It was also a church.
Reach Mullins and Mullins at 336-835-0025.
Reach Anthony Gonzalez at 835-1513 or email at email@example.com
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