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Samantha Arsenault ’15, M.A. ’16

Samantha Arsenault

COVID-19 has introduced many challenges. I work for Shatterproof, a national nonprofit dedicated to reversing the addiction crisis in America. Many of the factors related to COVID-19, such as the strain on the healthcare system, skyrocketing unemployment, and social isolation, are creating the perfect storm for the addiction crisis. We are working around the clock to react, both preparing resources for family’s that might be impacted or people in recovery, and working on state and federal policy responses to expand access to addiction treatment services and enhance the addiction workforce.

At the same time I am trying to support my team while they are dealing with childcare leave, illness, and uncertainty. Sometimes I just focus on getting from one moment to the next and am eternally grateful for my support network, meditation, running paths, and my favorite cookbook.