Vanessa, a dedicated Emily’s Hope Post-Overdose Team Peer Support Specialist, is from Sioux Falls, SD, and has been in recovery from drugs and alcohol since January 2nd, 2018. Her work extends beyond her personal journey, as she is deeply involved in supporting others through her role at a local recovery and sober living home. Vanessa finds immense fulfillment in attending 12-step meetings and actively helping others achieve a joyful, sustainable life in recovery. She emphasizes the importance of working in a 12-step program but also gives examples of how to find a healthy and holistic balance for everyday living. Vanessa’s greatest sources of joy are her two daughters.