Following up after our February 23,2016 Conversation Forum:
“Embracing the Consequences: When unwanted outcomes become part of the solution.”
Our 5th annual Conversation Forum featured a panel of people in recovery, as well as representatives from a drug court program, probation, and a family member – all who have been impacted by the disease of addiction, and had to face some serious consequences along the way.
Brian, a person in long-term recovery was confronted with the reality that he could not have a relationship with those he loved most until he truly found recovery. His family’s painful decision to separate from him gave Brian no alternative but to find and sustain sobriety, and today, has rebuilt those vital relationships.
Matt, a person in long-term recovery, found that incarceration provided him with an opportunity to gain enough “sober time” to clear the way for the process of building a life in recovery. Today, Matt has tremendous gratitude for the support of his family and is he believes that his journey has given him an even better life than he could have imagined.
Katie, a person in long-term recovery who graduated from the Montgomery County Drug Treatment Court Program. Katie credits the structure and support of the program with helping her to maintain sobriety.
Rebecca Bonner, Founder and Head of School at The Bridge Way School, Pennsylvania’s only recovery high school. As a parent impacted by a child’s substance use disorder, Rebecca learned all she could about how her skills as an educator could be used to help other young people sustain recovery through their high school years.
Megan Thomas, Montgomery County Drug Treatment Court Coordinator. Megan shared her experience of witnessing transformations and real recovery while working in the judicial system, as well as her previous work as a probation officer in Chester County.
Jill Adams, SFWOBH Adolescent Program Supervisor, Adolescent IOP Therapist, Rehab After Work/School, Lansdale. Jill shared her experience as both a therapist, and as someone who previously worked in probation. Having witnessed so many positive outcomes from very negative consequences, Jill brought great insight to the panel’s discussion.
After the panel spent about one hour sharing stories of heartache and hope, our audience had an opportunity to follow up with some very illuminating questions and feedback. Several treatment providers and representatives from other resources for support were on hand to share information about their services.
Below you will find resources relating to our topic of how the consequences of substance use can be the catalyst for positive change in all of our lives.
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.