‘This is What Recovery Looks Like’: Meghann Perry

It’s always wonderful to see new initiatives developed by people in recovery. Here is someone who has been doing lots since she began her recovery journey. I am in awe after reading this recent Facebook post from Meghan Perry about the initiatives that she has developed or been involved in over the years since she found recovery.

‘I am now officially a Consultant to provide Technical Assistance with the Opioid Response Network!

In 2009, I was in jail, facing a 5-year prison sentence for selling crack, after decades of profound chaotic substance use and everything that comes with it.

In 2011, I changed my relationship to substances and started to rebuild my life.

In 2015, I became a Recovery Coach.

In 2017, I co-created my first experiential learning workshop with Andrea Lovett, Recovery Storytelling.

In 2019, I co-facilitated my first CCAR Recovery Coach Academy with Phil Valentine.

In 2021, I co-created my first original training for the Peer Workforce with Paul Alves, Infinite Pathways of Recovery.

In 2022, I joined the Recovery Coach Academy UK team to train Recovery Coaches internationally.

In 2023, I have my own successful business as a consultant, curriculum developer, and facilitator, with three staff and a roster of opportunities for people to learn cool stuff on my website and the ability and potential to create so much more.

When I did that first RCA with Phil, I realized, “This is what I want to do. This is what I’m meant to do – be an educator in really impactful ways that help people.” It’s been a pretty challenging road to make ends meet and stay true to my calling. But signing my ORN contract yesterday was just one more affirmation, one more opportunity for me to tell myself, “Yesssssssss, girl…You’re doing this damn thing!”

Thank you to the countless people who have supported me and believed in me all these years. The ones who gave me opportunities and told me I could do it, even when I was scared as hell to step into a new challenge. The ones who saw something in me that I couldn’t see. The ones who reassured me that I was ok when I was ready to lose it.

This is what recovery looks like. And no matter how long you’ve been out there, how long or hard you’ve been trying and not reaching the goals you set for yourself, how many times you’ve wanted to give up… Just hang on, look for the helpers, and don’t let go of your dreams. They actually do come true sometimes.’

Please check out and explore Meghann’s website. Lots of great stuff there, including links to inspiring Recovery Story films.