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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; Organizational Stakeholders of the Month, Vol. 3

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. In this episode, our host spoke with some of our previously featured organizational stakeholders of the month about the work they are doing through their respective organizations. Tune in now to hear stories and anecdotes from the field!

 

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, August 27, 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.


 

Ep. 6 Tom Hill, September 29, 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 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. 7 Recovery Friendly Workplaces with Kris Kelly, Nell Hurley, and Marin Nelson

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. In our latest episode, we talk with Kris Kelly, Nell Hurley, and Marin Nelson about their experiences creating and supporting recovery friendly workplaces.
Employers play a critical role in fighting the disease of addiction and recovery is good for business. Employers are becoming more proactive in recognizing the economic and cultural benefits of being better informed about substance use and ways to support talent who are seeking help or are in recovery. Through recovery friendly workplaces, we can fight the stigma associated with the disease of addiction and encourage employees to get help sooner by providing resources that support their own, unique recovery pathway.
And don’t forget to check out the Recovery Friendly Workplace Toolkit that we mentioned, along with other peer recovery resources, available on our website!

 

Ep. 8 Johanna Dolan, November 30, 2021

We invite you to 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. In this episode, we talk with Johanna Dolan, one of the PR CoE’s newest steering committee members, about their recovery journey. Johanna was a successful financial advisor. If you're imagining all the possessions and money that might come with such success, you'd be right. But having it all left her empty, lost and experiencing the lowest places one can get. She’s emerged from that low - committing to a journey of self-love, self-respect, love for others. Along the way they’ve learned from some of the best coaches in personal development. Johanna has won recognition for her advocacy and leadership in the communities where she lives and works. Johanna teaches how to change your life through emotional intelligence, financial literacy, business ownership, and principle-centered living.

 

Ep. 9 Organizational Stakeholders of the Month, Vol. 1

In our first episode of the new year, we are bringing you something a little different. Our host spoke with some of our organizational stakeholders of the month about the work they are doing through their respective organizations. Tune in now to hear stories and anecdotes from the field!


 

Ep. 10 Laurie Johnson-Wade

In the latest episode of Recovery Talk, our host talks with Laurie Johnson-Wade about her recovery journey. In addition to serving on our steering committee, Laurie is the co-founding director of Lost Dreams Awakening, a Recovery Community Organization (RCO) in Pennsylvania, and an advanced implementation specialist with the Opioid Response Network. She brings over 30 years of lived recovery experience to the revolutionary and rewarding work of recovery support services. Named 2020’s Advocate of the Year by the Pittsburgh Recovery Walk, Laurie is passionate about advocacy and seeks to integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into all systems of care. You won’t want to miss this episode!

 

Ep. 11 Organizational Stakeholders of the Month, Vol. 2

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. In this episode, our host spoke with some of our previously featured organizational stakeholders of the month about the work they are doing through their respective organizations. Tune in now to hear stories and anecdotes from the field!