Laura Silverman is a graduate of the University of Virginia with degrees in Sociology and Spanish. In 2007, at the age of 24, she found long-term recovery from alcohol abuse and mental illness. Her lived experience inspired her to found The Sobriety Collective, a resource and blog created to celebrate multiple pathways to recovery from substance use disorder and mental illness. After spending close to a decade consulting for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Laura entered the behavioral health field in a professional capacity. She sits on Mental Health America's Awareness, Education and Engagement Committee serving the National Board of Directors. In January 2018, Laura became certified as an interventionist in the ARISE® model, an evidence-based, family systems approach of invitational intervention with continuing care. Some of her hobbies include playing guitar and piano, karaoke, practicing yoga, walking in nature, and spending time with family and friends. Laura is truly excited to be at Potomac Pathways in a role well suited to her passion and purpose.