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Kim Box
After a long career in the high tech industry Box left the corporate world to pursue her passion for making a difference in the community through entrepreneurial ventures.

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Currently a global communications manager for a leading high-tech company, Susan Lyte King's experience marries her background in strategic communications, psychology, addiction and recovery, and journalism.

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Project Blog: Parent Pathway

What began with five mothers in California supporting each other through their children’s drug addictions has turned into an organization devoted to the idea of arming parents with information on how to handle the treacherous waters of substance abuse. This site will allow users to pose questions to experts, find resources, schedule meet-ups and share stories.

Lining up the Experts

Monday, March 28, 2011

Ricki Townsend, a grief recovery specialist, is the first to answer “Ask the Expert” questions.

The “Ask the Expert” feature is one of the most important elements of the Parents Unite web resources.  Parents who struggle with their children’s addiction often have nowhere to turn in their desperate search for information.  Our “Ask the Expert” feature will enable parents to ask questions anonymously and obtain information from trusted advisors.  We expect to post one new question and answer every week and then compile all questions and answers in an easy-to-search repository. 

The first expert to join our expert line-up is board-registered interventionist Ricki Townsend, NAADAC, who helps families confront the disease of addiction as they strive to find answers for their loved ones who are caught in the grip of drugs or alcohol.  Ricki’s focus on education helps families understand addiction/alcoholism as a disease of the brain, rather than a disease of character or will power.  Her gentle shepherding, coupled with her technical knowledge, provides a powerful weapon against a deadly and conniving disease.  Ricki also gives families the gift of hope for recovery, which can sustain them during the darkest of hours.  She possesses great wisdom, tact, compassion and technical knowledge that helps families recover from addiction.

Ricki has been trained in various models of intervention, as well as Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM).  She is also a Grief Recovery Specialist(r) and a Community Law Enforcement Chaplain.  Ricki lives in Northern California and conducts interventions all over the country.

We are in the process of identifying our other experts now and developing the contract that spells out responsibilities and commitments.

   • Posted by Kim Box on 03/28 at 10:58 AM

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