NEWS AND UPDATES
I feel incredibly blessed to be working and have a safe home to stay in during this time. In fact, lots of projects are keeping me busy the next few months!
Designing a Recovery Coaching program for a Recovery Community Organization
Adapting the Recovery Storytelling curriculum for a Collegiate Recovery Organization
Preparing a program to prep staff at another Recovery Community Organization to tell their stories for a video project
Creating an arts-based prevention curriculum for teens on Cape Cod for Creative Outlets
Co-writing a play for recovery audiences about the stages of change for Improbable Players
... and more are in the works!
I'm available for bookings and looking ahead in 2020/2021 to facilitating more Recovery Coach Academy classes! Contact me at for more info, or use the contact form on this website, to find out more about this training or booking me for your training event.
Check out this blog by CCAR's Executive Director, Phil Valentine, on the future of Recovery Storytelling and our partnership together in moving this work forward: https://ccar.us/storyteller-recovery-coach-role-11/
Contact me to learn more about my Virtual Creative Workshops for both prevention and recovery audiences, using theater and storytelling to facilitate learning, build community, empower people, and have fun! Flexible enough for youth, adolescents and adults, in any setting, for any population. Email me at to discuss how we can bring creative, fun, impactful virtual content to your group!
There is always hope...
I didn’t used to believe that. I felt hopeless most of my life, weighed down with depression and anxiety, and then drugs and alcohol. I was living a lifestyle I hated, and I couldn’t find my way out.
Today I'm a person in long term recovery. I spent over twenty years fighting a Substance Use Disorder and bouncing in and out of jails, detoxes and homeless shelters. I'd been told more than once in my journey that I would die from my addiction. But I never gave up hope and I never stopped trying. And it's that spark of hope, along with faith, love, friendship, commitment, hard work and creativity, that ultimately helped me find recovery and change my life.
Now that I’ve been given this new life, it never ceases to amaze me how incredibly beautiful it is. And I want other people like myself to experience it, to see the light in the darkness, to realize that everything they need is right there for them, and that they, too, can recover from whatever it is they've struggled with and live a better life. Through recovery coaching, theater and storytelling, I help others find hope and healing.
Recovery Storytelling Group At Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery May 2019
Connecting, empowering, and healing.
Storytelling has long been a way of transforming how we see ourselves, other people, and the world. I've seen amazing things happen as people who have been dis-empowered in their lives find their voice through the art and experience of storytelling. So many then go on to use it to help others. I love working with those impacted by addiction, incarceration, trauma and loss, to help bring light into the dark places of their past and let their triumphs and successes - in spite of their challenges - shine through the brightest. Through storytelling we celebrate the ability of the human spirit to overcome, survive, and thrive, and we build resilient, compassionate communities.
Recovery Coaching: Helping People and Families Get Well
Substance Use Disorder is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. Recovery coaching approaches the disease of addiction in a holistic manner, recognizing that the disorder is complex and affects all aspects of our being.
A good recovery coach can help you find the pathway that's right for you, and support you in creating a strong foundation for lifelong recovery.The comprehensive approach that coaching offers is unlike more traditional modalities and is designed to compliment them, not replace them. Coaching is like the hub of a wheel, keeping the spokes connected and in line with each other.
The family is just as important as the person with substance use disorder. You have a recovery path, too. Guidance in making decisions around how to help your loved one and how to care for yourself can help you feel supported and grounded.
The first time I shared some of my experience publicly, I realized the power of my voice when I speak with authenticity and vulnerability - it opens hearts and minds to new perspectives. Using my skills as a storyteller and public speaker, I have been invited to share on many issues, including substance use disorder, recovery, mass incarceration, neonatal abstinence syndrome, and the use of creative workshops for community building and healing. I've spoken at the MA State House, Wellesley College, Harvard Law School, Women Recover Conference, No Wrong Door to Recovery, Beyond NAS, and many more. Find out more...
I'm working on a lot of projects these days, converting curriculum to work in a virtual space, and adapting storytelling and theater curriculum for different audiences. Stay tuned for events and offerings in the near future!