Home Means… Art for Recovery

“We don’t put on band aids, but look into the root of addiction,” said Stacie Mathewson, founder of Transforming Youth Recovery. “[Our programs teach] how to express self in recovery through more than just talking about it.” This was the message shared at Art for Recovery, a fundraising event aimed at eliminating stigma, raising awareness and bringing healing to those impacted by substance abuse disorders.

Mathewson founded the organization with a mission: to create substance abuse recovery programs on college campuses throughout the United States. After her son, Josh, passed away from an overdose in 2013, Mathewson expanded her mission within the foundation to what it is today: “improving access to prevention, intervention and recovery services for young people throughout the continuum of a child’s educational life, from preK through college.”

Transforming Youth Recovery, a nonprofit founded in Reno, Nevada five years ago with just 30 sobriety programs, has now grown nationwide offering 180 programs for students to access. This year alone, 41 colleges expressed interest in the services offered with the organization’s collegiate sobriety movement.

“I joined this to be part of the solution because there was such limited resources to support youth recovery. The sooner kids can get into treatment, the better chance they have at sustained recovery. [We’re] helping these kids live their best lives.” – Pamela Clark, Dir. of Special projects
“I started working with them a few years ago and my addiction started in adolescence so I knew the importance of education programs to support youth. So when I met Stacie, I just wanted to be a part of it. She’s really paving the way for our future generation to give the support they need. And I’ve watched this save lives so I’m grateful to be a part of it.” – Tara Conner, Former Miss USA 2006














Statistics of Addiction in America

  • More than 20 million Americans over the age of 12 have an addiction (excluding tobacco)
  • 2.6 million people with addictions have a dependence on both alcohol and illicit drugs
  • Rates of illicit drug use is highest among those aged 18-25

Below are photos of artwork that were on display at the 2017 Art for Recovery event.




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