"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."
A new piece I wrote about Recovery Storytelling for Advocacy was released on CCAR's website. Check it out:
A recovery story I directed for the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery's Video Project is a finalist in the Four Corners Film Festival! Big thanks to CCAR for their production and support, and to Retrospective Films for their highly skilled cinematography and editing.
Watch all of the CCAR Recovery Storytelling Videos here!
Listen to a recent Recovery Matters podcast where I speak with CCAR's Phil and Sandy Valentine about being creative in recovery and weaving a tapestry of recovery pathways.
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"
Dec. 19th, 7-9pm: Join Phoenix Tales and South Shore Peer Recovery for A Night of Hope with Recovery Storytellers - a free event open to the public. Listen to stories or tell one of your own! Zoom link:
Registration is open for new Recovery Storytelling Workshops in February and April, 2021! Link for more info:
New group for 2021! Alumni Story Gathering, the first Monday of every month, for those who have completed the Recovery Storytelling course. See Course Registration page for details.
May 19-21, 2021: Recovery Storytelling featured at MPRC THE National Recovery Conference in Colorado Springs, CO. More info: