Maureen Cavanagh MPA, M.Ed


PRESENTATION TITLE: Recovery Basics for Loved Ones: Taking Back Your Life While Loving Your Child

Magnolia New Beginnings                    Maureen Cavanagh


Maureen holds a Master of Education in Special Education from Salem State University and a Master of Public Administration from Suffolk University.  She is a trained mediator, CCAR recovery coach and trainer for CCAR Recovery Basics for Parents. She is a member of multiple opioid task forces and is pursuing training as an intervention professional.  She shared the stage with Sam Quinones and Mayor Marty Walsh during the city of Boston’s opioid awareness forum.  She continues to speak nationally about the family’s experience with addiction and recovery.

Maureen is the founder of Magnolia New Beginnings, a nonprofit peer-support group for those living with or affected by substance use disorder.  New Beginnings currently has over 20,000 members and assists hundreds of people each year with safe, structured, sober housing.

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 the author of If You Love Me: A Mother’s Journey Through Her Daughter’s Opioid Addiction, the memoir of her personal experience, which was favorably reviewed by The New York Times Book Review and was runner-up for Audible’s Memoir of the Year in 2018.

Maureen’s personal mission is to create a societal shift around the way we view those with a substance use disorder by openly discussing her experiences within her family, drawing upon the many experiences of people with whom she has worked, in order 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 sobriety requires support in many forms including education, guidance for the families of those afflicted and most importantly connection to others.

She is currently accepting clients for her Family Recovery Coaching practice in North Reading, Massachusetts for loved ones supporting a person with a substance use disorder.