Peer Recovery Specialist

Where did you grow up?
Northern Iowa

What are your favorite things to do?
Spending time with my children and family, woodworking, music, friends and outdoor activities.

Tell us about the journey that brought you to Recovery Is Happening?
I had been in active addiction for 30 years. My addiction was full of toxic relationships, bad decisions, homelessness and many ongoing consequences. I spent 16 months in IOP at Recovery Is Happening 6 months in sober living. Recovery Is Happening is where I found my recovery and my connection to the recovery community. I had the opportunity to take the Peer Academy at Recovery Is Happening and I am now a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist.

Is there something about you that might surprise us?
I am a wood whittler. I am a heavy metal fanatic.

What is your favorite part of being in recovery?
The personal growth that working a recovery program has helped me achieve is a boost in my self esteem and personal growth that continues to grow each day. I am a person that now sets goals and follows through in achieving them. I am now present for my life and able to actually experience life something that I have not been able to do in my addiction. I have developed healthy relationships and been able to maintain those relationships.