My name is Annie, and I am a woman in recovery, which means as of June 13th, I have not had a drink or a drug in 35 years. Because of my recovery, I have been able to do so many wonderful things. First I was able to raise three children, and I have 9 grandchildren who have never seen me impaired.
I was able to go back to school and get my Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology. From there, I work in many innovative and life-saving places where Substance Use Disorder was treated and supported. I have always believe that I could not keep my recovery without giving it away, and I would also say that it has been my passion. In or out of my professional settings, I believe it is my responsibility to reach out to those who are seeking recovery and help them onto their journey.
In the last two years, I have had the honor to work here at MOAR as their Regional Coordinator for Central and Western Massachusetts. What a glorious ride this has been. There are so many passionate and committed advocates for recovery across the state, and I have had the privilege to meet and work with a lot of them. Unfortunately the overdose epidemic has brought a lot of us into the fight, but I believe that when the voice of recovery becomes louder than the voice of overdoses, then we will be free.