"It is my passion to help others find hope, healing, and connection and to be empowered to lead healthier, happier lives and realize their dreams, through recovery coaching, storytelling, and theater."
Meghann Perry is a person in recovery who devotes her energy and gifts to helping individuals and organizations discover and share their stories - in their own voices - in meaningful, healing, and impactful ways. She recounts in her own words some of her experience...
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.
My Special Focus Areas:
• Recovery Coaching
• Creative Workshops
My story about incarceration and recovery was on the WORLD Channel on national TV! Watch the episode of Stories From The Stage here..
My second article on Recovery Storytelling as a Creative Pathway has been published by CCAR:
I'm honored to have won the 2020 Russ Wilson Essay Contest with a creative piece on "Recovery in Turbulent Times." Click and scroll down to "2020 Winners" to read it.
A new piece I wrote about Recovery Storytelling - A Powerful Tool 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 is featured in the 2015 CBS News documentary, "Faith, Hope, and the Burden of Addiction"
Check out this blog post by Calliese of Recovery Coach Academy UK on her experience with Recovery Storytelling.