Trudy Avery is the Development Officer for Pavillon, a non-profit substance use treatment program located in Mill Spring, NC. She developed compassion for those using substances because of her son’s journey through addiction and recovery. Trudy shares her family’s personal story in hopes of helping other families. She also discusses the disconnect between insurance companies and treatment programs. Don’t miss this informative episode of Beyond the Balance Sheet.
IN THIS EPISODE:
- [01:41] Trudy shares her genetic background, which leans toward alcoholism, and describes Corey’s journey through treatment
- [07:30] What happens When parents disagree and one parent has reached their limit?
- [10:15] Making the mistake of continuing financial and material resources to the detriment of the substance user
- [14:30] Wealthy families statistically have a more challenging time dealing with an addicted child
- [19:18] Insurance companies should pay for extended treatments
- [22:36] Trudy is grateful her son is doing well and thankful she can help other families.
- Supporting your substance-user child financially only enables the drug user to continue using.
- You can expect some people to criticize your decision of not financially taking care of your adult children; however, every family is different, and it is a choice only that others can make.
- Your adult child in recovery will thank you for making difficult decisions we call “tough love.”
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Trudy Avery is the Development Officer for Pavillon, a non-profit substance use treatment program located in Mill Spring, NC. Trudy oversees all of its fundraising and alumni programs, which help support patients and their family members. Trudy has over two decades of development experience. She received her BA from SUNY Excelsior College and has a graduate certificate in Meeting Management from Bentley University.
In addition to her professional career, Trudy sits on several boards, including MOAR (Massachusetts Organization of Addiction Recovery) and the Aids Support Group of Cape Cod. She is also a member of the National Institute of Health’s HEAL Study, Faces and Voices of Recovery, Bourne Substance Free Coalition, and Barnstable County Regional Substance Use Council. In addition, she has testified at the state and local levels on mental health parity and access to substance use treatment.
Trudy and her husband, Rick, live on Cape Cod and are the parents of four sons. As a very grateful mother of a son in long-term recovery, Trudy’s passion is reflected in every aspect of her advocacy work and her career.
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