Genevieve's involvement with substance abuse began when her oldest child was abusing many different substances. In 2013, it took a turn for the worse when it was evident he was addicted to heroin. She then wanted to bombard her life with options, resources and support. She would then realize that stigma, insurance and lack of knowledge would be her and many others' enemy if she allowed it to. She began volunteering with a local non-profit, Live4Lali, that helps families navigate through this disease. "This will be my son's disease forever," she says, "and my family's as well."
Shortly after doing volunteer work with Live4Lali, Genevieve was asked to be their resource center and Naloxone manager. She was determined to get the life-saving tool Naloxone into the hands of every first responder and loved one. She has had the honor of being welcomed into hundreds of families' lives to help ease the pain this disease carries with it.
When Live4Lali was asked to create the crisis hotline in an attempt to aid communities across the country, it was a no-brainer for her to jump right in and be a part of this crusade to help humans in this country. She is pleased to join the Addiction Policy Forum team as the Peer Recovery Support Supervisor.