Heather Gregan, an adolescent substance abuse counselor from Rehab After School, moderated a panel of four young adults in recovery from drug addiction (two of whom are H-H alums) and two Hatboro-Horsham students who represented the high school’s student Be a Part of the Conversation committee.
The panel was asked prepared questions that addressed some compelling issues, such as what may have prompted their initial decision to experiment with drugs or alcohol, what contributed to (or might have deterred) their continued use, what influenced their eventual recovery, and their experience with sobriety as young adults.
After a short break, “Conversation” groups discussed what they heard from the panelists, i.e. what they might not have expected to hear, what concerns arose from their comments, and what they wanted to learn more about. The evening concluded with a question and answer period, which was remarkably open, honest and illuminating. Feedback was extremely positive.
Kim's Certified Family Recovery Specialist (CFRS) credential was created for adults who have been directly impacted by another person's substance use disorder. The CFRS shares their lived experience with other families to provide recovery support services. A CFRS is trained to help families move into and through the recovery process.
With more than 25 years of experience in graphics and marketing, Kim had a freelance graphic design business and was the Marketing Coordinator of the Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation after several years as a member of their Board of Directors. Today she is happy to put all that creative energy into spreading the word about Be a Part of the Conversation.
Kim earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism at West Virginia University, with a concentration in public relations. She was proud to serve as WVU's student body president. Kim started out as an advertising account executive at a newspaper, then learned the graphic design trade while working with her mentor and friend, Chuck Moran, at his design firm in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Kim currently lives in Newtown Square, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. She previously lived in Horsham Township for 22 years, where she and Michael raised two wonderful children who support this amazing journey she has embarked upon.
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