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Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

“Redefining Recovery in Today’s World” – A Virtual Event with Addiction Recovery Coach Cortney Lovell

Part of Ongoing Opioid Treatment, Prevention & Education Initiatives at Delaware County Community College

Cortney Lovell photo(Delaware and Chester Counties, PA • September 10, 2020)—“Redefining Recovery in Today’s World” is the title of a virtual discussion the College will host at 11 a.m., Thursday, September 24, featuring Cortney Lovell, a well-known leader in addiction recovery coaching. The event is free and open to the public. 

A certified recovery peer advocate, Lovell is a modern messenger for change. Driven by her personal experience of growth and transformation, study and reflection, she challenges traditional treatment systems to truly meet individuals who use drugs where they are, with the support they need.

Lovell co-founded Our Wellness Collective, FindRecoveryCoaches.com and RecoveryTraining.Online, resources to better train, supervise and support addiction recovery coaches and the emerging recovery profession. She has served on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee for Women’s Services, the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic, and on the board of directors of Families Together in New York State, which represents families of children with social, emotional and behavioral challenges.

Determined to uplift the field of peer services, so that others also can discover the value of their experience, Lovell has spent many years working within the evolving field of recovery supports. Clinically trained, she identified early on in her career that her skills were best utilized in cultivating the emerging peer service field. She has worked with numerous state agencies, non-profit and private sector entities to support implementation, develop curriculum and offer training to diverse audiences.

Lovell also has served as an appointee on the U.S. Health and Human Services Advisory Committee for Women’s Services and has served on or assisted New York State’s Combat Heroin Campaign; Youth.gov, a U.S. government website that helps people create, maintain and strengthen effective youth programs; and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has been featured in films such as Refinery29’s “See, Here, Now,” “Reversing the Stigma” and “Everywhere but Safe.” She was a regular contributor for addiction stories on cable television’s HLN’s Michaela Pereira show, and she frequently participates in press events, conferences and ceremonies.

Lovell’s “Redefining Recovery in Today’s World” discussion is one of a series of ongoing events Delaware County Community College is hosting on the issues of combating opioid addiction and seeking opioid recovery. The events are made possible by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. The grant has helped the College create a variety of initiatives to educate, inform and support students, faculty, staff and the community about how to address the U.S. opioid epidemic.

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