Beating the Odds: from Addiction to Advocacy - meet Elissa Tierney

May 11, 2023

When we think about the opioid crisis, a few things immediately come to mind: Mexican Cartels, substance users lost in a haze of addiction, and those who have lost their lives or their loved ones, to overdose.  So where are the success stories of those who have weathered the storm of addiction and found their way back to the light?

Our guest today is Elissa Tierney, Public Relations Specialist at Sea Change RCO and Co-Founder of Worth Saving.  Having survived and conquered addiction herself, Elissa knows firsthand the long, hard journey required to emerge from the depths of addiction.  Now as an advocate for changing the shame and stigma attached to addiction, Elissa works to spread awareness and get people the help they deserve.

Join us as we discuss:

  • Falling into and escaping addiction from the substance user's point of view
  • Is the norm that it takes visiting 15-20 different treatment facilities before long-term recovery is even a possibility?
  • The costs and benefits of a sober living community and harm reduction programs



Views expressed in this material are opinions of the host and the guest, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Rigaku Analytical Devices.

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Michael W. Brown is the global director of counter-narcotics technology at Rigaku Analytical Devices. He has a distinguished career spanning more than 32 years as a Special Agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Most recently he was the DEA Headquarters staff coordinator for the Office of Foreign Operations for the Middle East-Europe-Afghanistan-India. Prior to that he served as the country attaché in India and Myanmar providing foreign advisory support for counter narcotic enforcement. He also spent 10 years in Pakistan as a special advisor to the US Embassy on various law enforcement issues. Michael is a graduate of the United States Ranger Training Battalion and has a master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Technology and Management from the University of Eastern Michigan.

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