"Today, it's my passion to help others find hope, healing, connection and empowerment, to lead healthier, happier lives, and to discover their inner resources and realize their dreams."
There is always hope...
"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."
"I spent over twenty years fighting Substance Use Disorder and cycling through jails, detoxes and homeless shelters. I experienced trauma, domestic violence, chronic homelessness, incarceration, disability, the loss of custody of a child, the loss of a parent, and much more along the way. I'd been told more than once in my journey that I would die from my addiction. About the only thing I did right was to keep trying."
"Today, I'm in long term recovery, with an amazing, beautiful life that I never thought I could have. It’s not perfect, but it’s so much more than I dreamed was possible."
Watch all of the CCAR Recovery Storytelling Videos here!
Read CCAR Executive Director, Phil Valentine's, blog about Recovery Storytelling
Watch a recent interview about my storytelling work with composer and fellow playwright, Elizabeth Addison on her show, Chasing Beads
My story featured in the 2015 CBS News documentary, "Faith, Hope, and the Burden of Addiction"
Oct. 5-Nov. 7: Seaside Stories with Scituate Education Foundation
Oct. 27-Nov. 3: Recovery Storytelling with Recovery Services at University of Connecticut
Oct. 31st: Halloween Fun Recovery Storytelling Workshop with Embark Peer Coach Academy, CO
Nov. 10th: Recovery Storytelling for Recovery Coaches with Boston Medical Center's Grayken Center for Addiction and OBAT-TTA, and BSAS
Nov. 14-15th: Recovery Storytelling for Adoptive Parents and Caregivers with To The Moon And Back
Nov. 21-Dec. 6: Three New Recovery Storytelling Online Workshops, open for registration now