Here’s a sneak peek into this year’s program: check out our keynote speakers, workshops and wellness activities all based around the four pillars of recovery: Home, Health, Community and Purpose.  Join us for this year’s Journey to Recovery Wellness!

The Program

Pre- Recovery Conference activities are happening on Sunday, August 19, 2018 beginning at 10:00 am. They include: the strategic planning and fun session for Youth Voices Matter – New York; the Recovery Institute for all recovery support programs (regardless of funding source or affiliation); a Trainer of Peer Professionals Networking Event; exhibitors; our wellness raffle; and a dance, and serious DANCE CONTEST with DJ Darrell Bonelli (pictured left at FOR-Albany’s Recovery in the Park festival.)

Our welcoming remarks, both days, will come from our own FOR-NY Executive Director, Stephanie Campbell, and ASAP Executive Director, John Coppola. On Monday we’ll hear from OASAS Commissioner, Arlene González-Sánchez , and on Tuesday morning from the NYS Governor’s Office Assistant Secretary for Mental Hygiene, Shelly Weizman.

Monday’s keynote speakers are addiction recovery advocate, Andre Johnson from the Detroit Recovery Project and Native American Sound Healer, Tony Redhouse who will speak about his own journey of recovery through Native American cultural symbolism. On Tuesday we are privileged to hear from Phil Valentine from the Connecticut Community for Addiciton Recovery (CCAR) who will teach us about the history of  Recovery Coaching  and the peer professional movement.  In the afternoon,  Chris Grosso – a young Buddhist in recovery and author of The Indi Spiritualist and Dead Set on Living will provide more inspiration! Wrapping up the conference will be a true friend of recovery, Robert Kent from OASAS Counsel’s Office.

Special Event

On Monday evening, we are so pleased to present a special concert with Tony Redhouse. Tony is a person in sustained recovery who uses the power of sound and dance to connect and heal. He uses sacred Navaho Hoop Dancing, voice, drum, flute, rattles and other percussion instruments to touch our hearts and bring us home to our true selves. This event is included in the price of the conference. However, if you can only come to this, there is a special $20 ticket and lots of room to join us for this special event.

Wellness Activities

Rise early both days and join us for morning meditations with a twist.  On Monday choose between, Recovery Rhythms Drumming with Sandra Sabene or Tai Chi for Recovery with Theresa Knorr. On Tuesday you can join David McNamara for a quieter Mindfulness Meditation or Tony Rehouse for a Sound Healing Meditation.

There will also be wellness focused workshops, including an alternative self-healing session using the Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping Solution) with Aisha Mohamad and Self Hypnosis with Peter Blum.  You can explore wellness in the workplace with Cortney Lovell and Laurie Quinn of Our Wellness Collective . Learn about other holistic health approaches to enhance your recovery program with acupuncturist and ayuervedic practitioner Bridgette Shea; nutrition/fitness coach M. Norland from ROCovery Fitness; massage therapist and Feldenkries practitioner, Evan Rock; and essential oil enthusiast and aroma touch practitioner from Healing Springs , Ginger Miller.


There are still a few more days to apply for Youth and Young Adult scholarships. Click here, for more information and to apply. The deadline for Peer Scholarships has passed. Winners are in the process of accepting their awards.

To register for the Recovery Conference go here.  Apply for pre-conference activities separately through the links above.

We are so excited about this year’s conference and look forward to seeing you all there to network, learn and share!