It started with sticky notes on the wall in my closet as we were navigating addiction in our family, what was working what wasn’t working, what I believed vs what I was being told, what I was feeling, what I was learning. The sticky notes made their way out into the open as our story made its way out into the open and our community embraced us in our struggle with active addiction. The recovery community began to show its face and its power which gave us strength, knowledge, solutions and the belief that recovery was not only possible but probable. I was invited to a Family Education Meeting in Richmond, VA where professionals, providers and sometimes families in recovery came and gave presentations on topics relevant to families and the impact on families. Everyone left with actionable solutions, a feeling of connection and better understanding of how to help the person you love and yourself. It was exactly what I was searching for. 

I didn’t even understand what “Recovery” was until we were well on the path. While in my own healing process I discovered how deeply I’d been impacted by active addiction in my family. By beginning the healing and recovery process as a mother, then diligently following guidance and devoted to whole family recovery, we were able to change the way addiction was treated in our family and create an environment that supported recovery for our loved one. 

I feel that the millions of families struggling need access to the amazing people driving recovery and what I’ve been privileged to learn and experience as person in recovery, a mother of a young person in recovery and a recovered family.

I came home this past July from the ARHE (Association for Recovery in Higher Education) ARS (Association for Recovery Schools) Conference, called to create something as abundant, educational, informational and connected for families.  I am a big believer in the “meet them where they are” philosophy.  I felt a virtual event would be the best way to reach the most families, to make attending easily accessible and have the most impact. 

When I reached out to the people who’d had impact on our family recovery by providing treatment, support, guidance, knowledge, wisdom, solutions and massive infusions of love and asked if they would allow me to amplify their voices, they said, YES! and The Family Recovery Conference was on its way to becoming reality.

Welcome to the first ever Family Recovery Conference. I am glad you are here.

Much Love,


Shelly Young

Co- Founder & Co-Host

The Family Recovery Sessions


Foundations For Family Recovery