National Recovery Month: Shannon’s Story

A family photo of Shannon and her two daughters with the text: If you would die for your kids, would you also live for them?

“There’s so many people who are going to be remembered for how they died because they overdosed, and I want to be remembered for how I lived.”

Every day, we hear distressing news about the impact of the opioid epidemic on our communities and on our loved ones, but this month we are focusing on something positive—recovery.

Each year, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) designates September as National Recovery Month, and we are encouraged to turn our attention toward stories of hope instead of despair.

Several courageous individuals recently shared their personal stories of opioid addiction and recovery with Harvard Medical School to inspire more healthcare providers to become educated on how to better identify and treat opioid use disorder patients. The following video is the first of three short, moving patient stories we are sharing with you in recognition of National Recovery Month:

Shannon is now a certified recovery coach and community health educator currently serving as the community outreach coordinator for the Charlestown Coalition.


Shannon’s story is part of HMS Global Academy’s Opioid Use Disorder Education Program—an accredited, free, online medical education program intended for nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physicians, and other healthcare professionals collaborating to treat patients with opioid use disorder. We encourage you to click on the link above to learn more, and to share this valuable resource with other healthcare providers.

Together, we can bring healing and recovery to our communities.



Follow this blog to view Bugzy’s Story and Jack’s Story, which will be published in the coming weeks.

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