Kevin Meara’s Story

Kevin Meara, founder of City of Angels, talks about his experience as the parent of an addict. City of Angels is a volunteer nonprofit that works against the disease of addiction.

A Recovery Coach’s View

Keith, a recovering addict and recovery coach with City of Angels, discusses addiction. City of Angels is a volunteer nonprofit that works against the disease of addiction.

Maryanne Meara’s Story

Maryanne Meara, an addiction advocate who works with City of Angels, discusses her experience as the parent of an addict. City of Angels is a volunteer nonprofit that works against the disease of addiction.

City of Angels – Kevin

A shortform video of Kevin Meara, whose son was an addict. Kevin founded City of Angels, a volunteer nonprofit that works against the disease of addiction.

City of Angels – Keith

A shortform video of Keith, a recovery coach. Keith works with City of Angels, a volunteer nonprofit that works against the disease of addiction.

City of Angels – Maryanne

A shortform video of Maryanne Meara, an addiction activist. Maryanne works with City of Angels, a volunteer nonprofit that works against the disease of addiction.

What is an Opioid?

An animated video explaining what opioids are. This video details which drugs are considered opioids, and how they can lead to the disease of addiction.

Thankful – 30s

Addiction help is within reach and recovery is possible. This holiday season, if you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, choose help.

Thankful – 15s

Addiction help is within reach and recovery is possible. This holiday season, if you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, choose help.

Thankful – 60s

Addiction help is within reach and recovery is possible. This holiday season, if you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, choose help.

Michael’s Story

This is Michael’s story. This holiday season, if you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, choose help.

Marco’s Story

This is Marco’s story. This holiday season, if you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, choose help.

Prevention (Barrett Young)

As part of ReachNJ’s “Expert Series”, Barrett Young of Rescue Mission of Trenton speaks about the opioid epidemic and the importance of prevention.

Signs

Know the signs of the opioid epidemic. The signs you spot today can saved a loved one tomorrow.                   

Emory Salley

As part of our “Expert Series”, Emory Salley explains the signs of addiction. She tells you what signs to watch for.         

Recovery Walk

At NJ's 4rd Annual Recovery Walk and Rally, there's no judgment, only hope.         

Into the Light

Our newest video "Into the Light" highlights various recovering addicts across New Jersey and is narrated by Governor Chris Christie.

Madeline

Madeline grew up in southern New Jersey where she started using at the age of 13 and was a full addict by 20. Madeline has been in recovery now for several years. She takes great joy in being happy and free from drugs.

AJ

AJ, a recovering addict shares his personal story of addiction and recovery.

The Overdose

Our newest web video "The Overdose" highlights the severity of the opioid epidemic in New Jersey and is narrated by New Jersey Health Commissioner Cathleen Bennett.

Voices of Hope

Recovering addicts Vanessa, James and AJ share their personal stories of recovery.

James

James, a recovery aide and former client at the Rescue Mission of Trenton, shares his personal story of addiction and recovery.

 

Vanessa's Personal Story

Vanessa share's her story about how her addiction to heroin impacted her relationship with her mother. Vanessa found recovery through NJ's drug court program Integrity House, and is currently in the process of rebuilding her life.

Recovery is Possible By Robert J. Budsock

Robert J. Budsock is the President and CEO of Integrity House. Founded in 1968, Integrity House is one of the largest non-profit providers of substance use disorder treatment in the State of New Jersey.

James' Personal Story

James, a recovery aide and former client at the Rescue Mission of Trenton, shares his story of how he was a football player who got hurt while in high school and was prescribed pain relievers.  He explains he was the number-six recruited football player in the nation before addiction shattered his dreams.  He says he determined while sitting in jail, he didn’t want to feel that pain again and chose to maximize every minute he has left on the earth.

Governor Chris Christie

Governor Christie continues to appeal to those out there who are suffering to seek help as the first step to reclaiming their lives – lives that are precious.  He implores those in need of help to take that first step  and call the ReachNJ helpline or go to the website where they will get caring, personal attention to help them on the road to recovery.

Madeline's Personal Story

Madeline grew up in southern New Jersey where she started using at the age 13 and was a full addict by 20. Madeline has been in recovery now for several years. She takes great joy in being happy and free from drugs.

Governor Christie

Listen to the radio ad of Governor Christie talking about the heroin epidemic in our state and how those struggling with addiction can get help.

Vanessa

Listen to the radio ad of Vanessa’s personal story of addiction and recovery. Her addiction started with prescription drugs and led to heroin. Vanessa is in recovery and aspiring to be a social worker so she can help others.

James

Listen to the radio ad of James’ personal story of addiction and recovery. His addiction started after a football injury and ended with him in jail, addicted to heroin. James is in recovery and splits his time between his own hospitality business and working with others struggling with addiction.

Jorge

Listen to the radio ad of Jorge’s personal story of addiction and recovery. Jorge started doing heroin at a young age. After years of struggling with addiction, he sought help and has been in recovery for years. Jorge currently works as a counselor, helping others struggling with addiction.

Kevin & MaryAnn's Story

In the summer of 2008 Kevin and MaryAnn Meara tragically lost their son K.C. to a heroin overdose. Devastated but determined to help other families, they turned their sorrow into advocacy and created City of Angels, a  non-profit community based, peer-to-peer, grassroots recovery center helping families all across New Jersey.  

Vanessa's Story

Vanessa share's her story of how a pain killer prescription resulted in a full dependency on heroin. She discusses how addiction can impact anyone, no matter what one’s family background is. Vanessa found recovery through NJ’s drug court program and Integrity House, and is in the process of rebuilding her life.

Donna's Story

Mom, Donna DeStefano share's a poem written in 2011 by her daughter Laura as she struggled with addiction. With Laura now in recovery, Donna created  Parents In Connection for Kids Inc. a non-profit to help families get the support they need for children struggling with addiction.  
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