We are beyond fortunate to have Rob on our team. Rob’s passion to help individuals and their families suffering from drug and alcohol addiction come from his own experiences with the disease.

Growing up in Boston, Rob was raised by a single mother. He developed childhood trauma as a result of sexual abuse. He was later involved in a major automobile accident. After 12 surgeries to fix his disfigured hand, his orthopedic surgeon prescribed a very high dose of oxycodone. That’s when he got hooked on opioids. Rob stayed on the drug while he went through months of painful physical therapy. His doctor just cut him off. As a result, he started buying oxy on the street until someone introduced him to heroin. It was cheaper and easier to get. Like many others, his addiction brought me to the darkest edges of Boston.

Rob tried to get clean for years. He was in and out of detox and treatment centers. He was finally able to get clean and, as part of his recovery, started to give back to others battling the disease. While working at a state-funded detox center, he became a voice for addicts dying in silence and for those too scared to stand up and ask for help. As an outspoken advocate, he worked with <u>U.S. Senator Ed Marky’s office</u> to push for better legislation and funding for addiction. He also worked with Massachusetts Attorney General Mary Healy to in the state’s battle against the ongoing opioid crisis. In 2017, AG Healey distributed $700k in funding directly to school districts, nonprofits, and community organizations to fund evidence-based substance use prevention education.

While doing so much good in his community and managing his recovery, Rob’s mother was killed by her boyfriend of years. In the face of real heartbreak, Rob focused even more on his recovery using 12-step, attending NA meetings, and fellowship to help him through this tragedy. He continues to advocate for men and women suffering in silence from domestic violence.