May 23, 2017 – ALBANY, NEW YORK – The Friends of Recovery (FOR-NY) Board of Directors today announced the appointment of Stephanie M. Campbell as Executive Director. Ms. Campbell joined the organization as its Director of Policy in 2015.

In this new role, Ms. Campbell will be responsible for leading the organization in its efforts to advance recovery for individuals, families and entire communities. This includes working to erase stigma and build recovery support services in communities throughout New York State.

According to FOR-NY President, Joseph Turner, “The FOR-NY Board of Directors has full confidence in Stephanie Campbell’s ability to lead the organization in its efforts to effect positive change on behalf of the millions of New Yorkers suffering with addiction, the millions working to sustain their recovery, and the countless millions more family members whose lives have been impacted by this disease.”

With more than sixteen years in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, Stephanie brings personal knowledge and deep understanding of addiction and recovery, as well as extensive experience in education, policy and journalism to the position. She holds an MA from Columbia University, an MS in Adolescent Education from The State University of New York at Albany, and an MSW and CASAC-T certification from New York University. Ms. Campbell has worked in the New York State Assembly and Senate and has done legislative advocacy at both the state and national levels.

“I am profoundly grateful to the Board of Directors for placing their faith in me and my ability to lead FOR-NY in furthering our critically important mission; and extremely honored for the privilege to serve and vow my commitment to continue the work and further the vision of our past leaders Laura Elliott-Engel and Charlie Devlin, and our current Board President Joseph Turner, Debra Rhoades, Richard Buckman, Chacku Mathai, Laurie Lieberman, Susan LaPorte, Jackson Davis, and Dona Pagon. What inspires me daily are the faces and voices of the millions of individuals impacted by the chronic illness of addiction to alcohol and other drugs.  Their victories and struggles in accessing recovery are what motivates me to do this work and to actively seek to advance public policies and practices that promote and support recovery,” said Campbell.

Friends of Recovery – New York (FOR-NY)

Friends of Recovery – New York is a statewide, nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization with a mission to demonstrate the power and promise of recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs and the value that it brings to individuals, families and entire communities. We envision a world in which recovery from addiction is not only common, but celebrated; a world in which the entire spectrum of effective prevention, treatment and support services are available and accessible to all. For additional information visit

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