I am often asked why I chose to dedicate my career to working with individuals struggling with substance use disorder or how I can continue to work in a field that is surrounded by so much sadness, destruction, and death. My answer is simple:

I choose to see the person, not the substance or the behavior. I choose empathy and compassion, not judgment. I choose to see the many miracles of recovery, not the sadness, destruction or death. I choose to embrace each and every individual that needs help and guidance, not shame or blame them for their past. I choose to lift them up and help them believe in their worth and remind them that they are not defined by their past actions and choices. And I NEVER give up on them.

Over the past two and a half decades, I have been honored and grateful for the countless number of individuals I have worked with. Each and every one of them made me a better person. On the tough days, I take out the letters that former patients/clients/participants wrote to me and read the beautiful, grateful and sincere words of what I represented in their lives during their journey of recovery. These letters carry me through the tough days and remind me that I am making a difference and that I choose to see each and every one of them for the person they are and continue to become.

In May of 2022, the universe brought me home to the Addiction Recovery Coalition of New Hampshire as the Executive Director. I am forever grateful to be here working alongside some amazing people doing amazing work. As we continue to grow and expand our services as a non-profit organization, it is only natural that our operating expenses increase. NH Gives is an opportunity for anyone to make a tax-deductible donation to ARCNH between June 6th at 5pm through June 7th at 5pm. There is no amount too small, so please consider making a donation during NH Gives!!

From the bottom of my heart….. THANK YOU!


Kate C.

Executive Director

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