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Recovery Talk

The Peer Recovery Center of Excellence is thrilled to announce the launch of our new podcast. Each month, we will be talking with an expert in the field, discussing SUDs, resources to assist individuals with a SUD and/or their families, and best practices for the delivery of peer recovery support services.

Our first episode marks the beginning of a 6-month series where we have the privilege of hearing the story of someone thriving in long term recovery. Each episode, we will be speaking with a member of the PR CoE about their journey and explore the power of recovery.

You can listen by clicking the episode links below or wherever you find your podcasts:

 

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Current Episode: Tom Hill, Senior Policy Analyst, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy

We invite you to give a listen to Recovery Talk, the PR CoE’s podcast that shares stories and information to provide hope and resources to the field of peer recovery. This marks our final episode of a 6-month series where we had the privilege of hearing the story of someone thriving in long term recovery. In honor of Recovery Month, we spoke with Tom Hill about his recovery journey and how it has intertwined with the recovery movement.

Earlier this year, the Biden-Harris administration appointed Tom to the position of senior policy advisor at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Before that, he worked with the National Council for Mental Wellbeing and served as member of the PR CoE. He has also worked at SAMHSA as a senior advisor on addiction and recovery in the Obama administration. Tom’s life has been dedicated to the advocacy for and with people who have been marginalized. In his current role, he is working to promote the life-saving role of evidence-based treatment, harm reduction, and recovery support efforts.

 

Ep. 1 Sharon Hesseltine, April 30, 2021

In today’s episode, we speak with Sharon Hesseltine about her recovery journey. In addition to chairing our Peer-Led Steering Committee, Sharon is the President and CEO of Intentional Development Consulting & Training, an organization focused on promoting recovery from addiction. Sharon is passionate about reducing stigma associated with addiction and developing the capacity of communities, organizations, and individuals to better meet the needs of individuals with substance use disorders.

     
 

Ep. 2 Michael King, May 28, 2021

Today, we speak with Michael King about his recovery journey. In addition to serving on our Peer-Led Steering Committee and leading our organizational engagement, Michael is the director and creator of The Communities Project, a national initiative with the mission of saving a million lives from substance use related deaths over the next two decades. Michael is passionate about empowering individuals to find their full potential and reach for the power necessary to bring about social change.

     
 

Ep. 3 Nell Hurley, June 26, 2021

Today, we speak with Nell Hurley, a member of our Peer-Led Steering Committee, about her recovery journey. Nell has worked in the peer recovery space for over a decade and is an expert in developing vibrant recovery community organizations. She is passionate about recovery from addiction, fitness, and helping people meet their goals.

   


 

Ep. 4 Haner Hernandez, July 30, 2021

We invite you to give a listen to Recovery Talk, the PR CoE’s podcast that shares stories and information to provide hope and resources to the field of peer recovery. This marks the fourth episode in a 6-month series where we have the privilege of hearing the story of someone thriving in long term recovery. Each episode, we speak with a member of the PR CoE about their journey and explore the power of recovery. In this episode, we have the honor of speaking with Haner Hernandez, a member of our Peer-Led Steering Committee. Haner is a person in long-term recovery from addiction and is committed to eliminating health disparities by working at the national, state, and local levels. He is currently a Senior Consultant to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, with a focus on disparities, building health equity, addiction treatment, recovery supports, and the Recovery Support Centers located throughout the Commonwealth. Haner has worked for over 30 years in the health and human service field developing, implementing, and evaluating culturally and linguistically intelligent youth and adult health prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery support programs.

 

Ep. 5 Cindy Christy, July 30, 2021

We invite you to give a listen to Recovery Talk, the PR CoE’s podcast that shares stories and information to provide hope and resources to the field of peer recovery. This marks the fifth episode in a 6-month series where we have the privilege of hearing the story of someone thriving in long term recovery. Each episode, we speak with a member of the PR CoE about their journey and explore the power of recovery. Cindy Christy joins us in our latest episode. Cindy is a woman in long-term recovery and works as the Project Manager for the CoE’s Coordinating Center. If you have attended any of our events or trainings, you probably already know her. She is passionate about her own recovery and dedicated to serving others on their journey. Cindy wears many hats in both her professional and personal life, but there is always one that she never takes off—the one that asks, “how can I help?” In this episode, we have the honor of hearing her recovery story.