WITH SILENT AUCTION
2019 FEATURED PRESENTERS
Patrick graduated from Suffolk University in 2001 with a BA in Business Management. He got sober on September 23rd, 2005 after many years of an addiction to heroin. He has since dedicated his life to helping others with addiction and has worked in the field of substance abuse for the past 10 years. Patrick was presented with an opportunity in March of 2016 to help start Northeast Addictions Treatment Center with a group of locals where he originally got sober.
In 2015, Patrick was selected by Governor Charlie Baker to participate in the “State Without Stigma” billboard campaign. He was also nominated in 2014 for “Advocate of the Year” award by Young People in Recovery, a national organization. Patrick was most recently presented with the “Consider it Done” award in 2018, for going over and beyond to always help someone in need. Patrick speaks publicly in many settings including public policy events and panels on the topic of addiction and treatment. Patrick also speaks in schools around New England on the dangers of addiction in a prevention presentation called “No First Time”.
This event falls during a very special time for Patrick Cronin. He celebrated 14 years of sobriety on September 23.
In Jasmine's own words:
"My name is Jasmine and I am woman in long term recovery. Not only am I in recovery from my drug addiction and alcoholism but I am also a recovering trauma survivor.
My sobriety date is November 3, 2016 and my life has drastically changed since that day.
I was a child who was born into poverty and was surrounded by drug addicts and alcoholics. I became a product of my environment and started self soothing with alcohol and drugs at a very early age in life. Alcohol and drugs provided me relief and allowed me to escape a miserable existence.
Society had shamed me and told me that I was never going to amount to anything, and I believed it. The majority of my life was dark, painful and lonely.
In July, 2015 I had decided to take my own life with an intentional overdoes and was disappointed when I had woke up in the ICU at Concord Hospital.
Things changed for me soon after. I was given a scholarship to detox that October and for some reason I went. I cant tell you why I went because I did not even want to live. I was able to make connections and form bonds with others. I did not value my own life but at first it was easy to love others. I found my way and connections through 12 step recovery. I met women who loved me until I could love myself.
Today I am close to celebrating 3 years sober. I am full of passion; I want to save the world. I have been given purpose and direction. My entire life is dedicated to helping those who suffer. I can defy the odds anyone can!"
Philip Spagnuolo is a national speaker on recovery. Phil is a person in recovery from drugs and alcohol since 2015. He was elected to the N.H. House of Representatives in 2018 where he served on the Health and Human Services Committee during the Medicaid expansion bill.
He has gone on to be a founding member of a not for profit recovery center that helps people access treatment. He is the founder and co-owner of New Life Recovery Homes in Laconia, N.H. and is co-owner of The Meredith House Holistic Retreat, Phil is a certified recovery coach and an original Board member of The N.H. Affiliate of the National Coalition of Sober House owners. He is committed to breaking the stigma of addiction, finding new and innovative ways to help improve the lives of those impacted by addiction and an archaic judicial system that punishes the most vulnerable populations. Phil believes that people can achieve
greatness despite their past.
Phil has been invited to speak Nationally at:
Johns Hopkins Medical School by the National State Legislative Leaders Foundation
Dartmouth Medical School
The University of Arizona National Institute for Social Discourse
The World Fellowship Center
Phil has hosted several roundtable discussions with US Senators and Members of Congress many of which are seeking the Nomination to become a Presidential Candidate.
Phil Spagnuolo can be reached by visiting: Newliferecoveryhomes.com.
In Amy's own words:
"I am a woman in long term recovery from alcohol and heroin. 8-5-2011, was the day I started living. I started my recovery having to re-learn how to live. I was 25 years old and mom of a 3 month old baby boy. I had no drivers license, no where to live,and no job. I was guided by people in a 12 step program on how to rebuild my life. With the support of my family and women in the program things slowly started to happen for me.
I graduated hair school in 2013. In that same year, I was introduced to a few people with a dream. I helped build Rise Above Sober Living and The Process Recovery Center. For 4 years, I dedicated my life to helping others in recovery. I met my husband at this time and had my second son. In the past two years my energy has shifted into a different pathway of recovery, as I started my yoga journey at 5 years sober. I did my first yoga training in 2017 and received my Y12SR certification.
Yoga and the 12 steps align so perfectly to me. Mind,body, and spirit is what a full recovery looks like. I have since done my 200 hour yoga teacher training and so much more. I will be opening my yoga studio September 2019; Sacred Moon Healing Centers. I will be offering special programs for people in recovery. By offering free classes with recovery chips and sliding scale programs so yoga is accessible for everyone!"
Former NFL player with the New England Patriots
Drawing from his personal battle in life, Chris has chose to share his story with others about the dangers of alcohol and drugs. His audience leaves having learned many life skills that will help them to make good choices surrounding alcohol, drugs & coping with anxiety. He also lets them know that it is the strong people, not the weak, that reach out and asks for help when they need it. He is a perfect example of this.
He finally asked for help and has been sober since December 15, 2008!
Matt Ganem, Executive Director Banyan Treatment Center Massachusetts, Radio Host for Banyan Recovery Radio, 2015 Massachusetts Recovery Advocate of the Year, Featured on Fox 25 News, The Boston Herald, has performed at Harvard, Northeastern Law University, Endicott, Keene State, UMass Dartmouth, Wentworth College, Bridgewater State University, Eastern Nazereth College, Somerville High School, Lynn Tech, Recovery High in Beverly, Ostiguey High in Boston, Wheelock College, Massachusetts Organization for Addiction and Recovery events, at The Mass State House, speaks with No First Time, featured at the Nuyorican Cafe' in NYC, 2013 New England Urban Music Awards Male Spokenword Artist of the Year, 2013 Mass Poetry Awards Best Poetry Book for The Shadow of an Addict, 2012 runner-up Raw Boston Performer of the Year, Nominated for The Phoenix Boston's Best Poet in Boston