Florida Recovery Project Mentor. Stefani Capizzi is a professional person in long term recovery. She is a strong advocate for harm reduction, holistic addiction recovery, and empowering women. After growing up in an environment with alcoholism and other addictions, she struggled with addictions and several traumatic events herself for many years. She was married, had three children, and was working as a nurse when she went into treatment for alcoholism in 2006. Intrigued and empathetic to the human condition, much of her lifework has been about supporting the physical, mental, and spiritual health of individuals. She fully believes in a holistic approach to addiction recovery.
After working as a clinical nurse for ten years, she found herself in a place of reflection and soul searching. She was presented with an opportunity to become executive director for a fairly new recovery center in Vermont that was in need of leadership and direction. She decided to take on this challenge, and stayed on for seven more years. Her vision was to create a safe and welcoming environment, and a variety of pathways, for individuals and family members looking for support with addiction recovery.
Today, after much growth and an amazing staff, recovery coaches, volunteers, and a visionary board of directors, almost all in recovery themselves, this recovery center is thriving. North Central Vermont Recovery Center (NCVRC) in Morrisville, VT supports and offers multiple pathways such as recovery coaching, education, harm reduction modalities, yoga, accudetox, reiki, meditation and Buddhist based addiction recovery, 12 step meetings, physical activity, music, art, social activities, that helps bring a person into a state of wholeness and healing.
Stefani is a trained recovery coach, loves learning, and believes in community and collaboration. During her time as executive director, she built many relationships with partners in law enforcement, restorative justice, domestic violence, as well as prevention specialists, mental health and medical providers to name a few. She has helped provide and participated in numerous trainings. Volunteering is important to Stefani. She has volunteered with the local Restorative Center on restorative panels and CoSA teams, the local Medical Reserves Corp, warming shelter, and several community events such as firewood projects and coat drives. She was also a board member of Community HealthS ervices of Lamoille Valley, the federally qualified health care system in Lamoille County, VT.
Last July, Stefani made the bittersweet transition from NCVRC to living life on the road. She plans to travel in the U.s. for an undetermined amount of time. She is also a professional musician and has always found music to be one of the greatest healing sources for her. She plans to do many things including visiting recovery centers, playing music, and discovering new people, places and stories!
She is very interested in continuing her work with Faces & Voices of Recovery from the road. The mentoring program for new recovery centers is important to her. Long term experience with growing a successful recovery center is what allows her to successfully support and guide others in this area. Her areas of expertises are in personal coaching, board development, sustainability planning, grant writing, building community collaborations and creating an environment of self-care throughout organizations.