Family Addiction Recovery Coach, Author, Educator
Maureen Cavanagh is the founder of Magnolia New Beginnings, a nonprofit peer-support group for those living with or affected by substance use disorder. She has been recognized by The New York Times, CNN, and other outlets for her work fighting the opioid crisis and the stigma that surrounds it. She is also the author of “If You Love Me: A Mother’s Journey Through Her Daughter’s Opioid Addiction,” the memoir of her personal experience that resulted in the creation of the nonprofit organization that currently has over 20,000 members and assists many people, newly in recovery, each year with safe, structured, sober housing.
Maureen’s personal mission is to create a societal shift around the way we view those with a substance use disorder and their families. In hopes of furthering that mission she openly discusses her experiences to dispel the myths that we use to convince ourselves that addiction only affects ‘other’ people.
Maureen believes that recovery is always possible, and that sustained recovery requires support in many forms including education, guidance for the families of those afflicted, and most importantly connection to others.