We recently sat down with Molly Smith, one of YPR’s most talented Chapter Coordinator and Program manager to chat about her passion for recovery advocacy.
1. How did your passion for recovery develop?
When I became a part of recovery communities for my own support, I was exposed to so many unique, successful and empowered individuals. My passion developed because I wanted to see stories like ours create change in a more public sphere.
2. What’s your favorite part of working with the team at YPR?
I love seeing people in recovery and our allies use their assets within our communities!
3. Why do you think it’s important to make our communities “recovery-ready”?
Many people recognize that substance use disorder has ripple effects, but by making our communities recovery ready, we can show that recovery support can have the same wide-reaching impact.
4. Are there any areas of personal or professional development you’re currently working on?
I’m working on my mindfulness meditation practice. Being present is crucial to my personal and professional development and sometimes I just fall out of my wellness routine.
5. If you had any advice for emerging leaders in the recovery advocacy movement, what would it be?
You don’t have to have “time” in recovery to begin making a difference and serving your community. Embrace your right to have a voice right from the start of your journey, and that empowerment can actually help sustain a lifelong recovery.
YPR works to cultivate leaders among people in recovery and their allies to make their communities #recoveryready through advocacy and delivering direct recovery support in those communities. We need your help!