Mayor Stephanie M. Burke submitted the FY’18 City Budget to the City Council which included a recovery coach position within the Board of Health Department to aid residents suffering from opioid addiction throughout the community. This position will add tremendous value and provide access to additional resources for the residents of Medford.
Mr. Paul Spencer has been appointed to the Recovery Coach position. Paul brings recovery coaching experience based on training and personal knowledge which allows him to engage, educate, and support those recovering from substance use disorders. Paul is a recovery and empowerment catalyst: who guides people through the process while supporting recovery based choices, goals, and decisions.
As a recovery coach Mr. Spencer, will help to alleviate any personal and environmental obstacles throughout the process and he will link the newly recovering person to the recovering community. Paul serves as a personal guide and mentor while handing the management of personal and family recovery.
“The City is extremely fortunate to have Paul as a trained interventionist, and soon to be certified addiction recovery coach who has extensive experience working with families, and persons effected by or involved with substance abuse disorders,” said Mayor Stephanie M. Burke. “The Office of Prevention and Outreach continues to make strides in areas such as substance abuse prevention, spreading awareness of addiction and further developing prevention resources. This position will provide a personal resource for those on the path toward recovery and I couldn’t’ be happier to have Paul in this role.”
“Paul is tremendously supportive to people in need of treatment and recovery as well as our office and local partners. He brings both his training and his own experience with recovery in all that he does. It opens up many avenues to helping and supporting people in Medford who are dealing with their own or their loved one’s addiction,” said Penelope Funaiole, Prevention and Outreach Manager for the City of Medford.
“I love this City and it is so special to me. I’m happy that I have the opportunity and ability to help the people of Medford,” said Paul Spencer, Community Recovery Coach.