Meet Mandy Johnson, coordinator of Annual Tara Alumni Celebration
Mandy Johnson is dedicated to Tara Alumni. She oversees Tara’s Annual Alumni Celebration, and has a personal connection to addiction.
Why is Mandy so dedicated to addiction recovery?
“After working at Tara for 13 years, I’ve gained a new understanding of what it means to love someone who has problems with addiction. Learning about recovery has taught me it isn’t my fault and I can’t cure it. I’ve learned to love and respect them from a distance.
My father has suffered from addiction for most of his life. He is currently incarcerated because of his addiction. He found recovery for about 7 years but then relapsed.
My brother has largely followed in my fathers footsteps, and he resists going to rehab.
My brother has made choices such as changing people, places and things to do better for himself, and struggles with his addiction daily even though he’s not using.”
Mandy fights for her father, brother, and alcoholics who still suffer in silence by coordinating an annual celebration for Tara Alumni. This year’s celebration is coming up Saturday, September 8th. Check it out below!
Mandy has found resources like al-anon useful, and believes ‘fellowship’ is the surest way out of addiction. Come see the yearly gathering of Tara Alumni for food, fun, and fellowship. Stay for the balloon release, giving added visibility to the disease of addiction!
Speaking of Tara Alumni, check out the accomplishments of Sarah Stillerman and Spencer Medcalf below!