I am a Certified Behavioral Health Peer Support Specialist. Currently I work at Gateway Community Services in Kalispell, Montana, and I have been here since May 5, 2020. Though I have been in recovery since 2007, my clean time restarted in 2014, and I have been a Peer Support Specialist, and a member of MPN since spring of this year. From the beginning of my membership I have taken advantage of the MPN Peer Mentor program, and this has been invaluable as both a personal and a professional connection to the role of Peer Support. As a retired Science teacher, I enjoy learning about recovery from the professional side of things, and seeing clients make progress is even more rewarding than teaching students. For most of my own recovery, I have worked a program in NA, though I have been a certified SMART Recovery Facilitator since June of this year. Another training offered through MPN was the outstanding seminar on Emotional CPR, and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to connect with others on a deeper, emotional level, whether or not they are in crisis.
One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever gotten was regarding self-care…“Always do something to be good to yourself once a day, and be gentle with yourself for one day each week.”
There are as many paths to recovery as there are individuals making work, and many take more than one path on their journey. Follow the next right choice.
–“Not all who wander are lost.” J.R.R. Tolkien
My name is Bill Hartford and I am MPN.