Reality Check — here to help you
Reality Check is a nonprofit in NH offering drug and alcohol prevention, treatment, and recovery services to residents, and educational supports. There are no requirements to use services and you don't need to have a drug or alcohol issue to get help.
We are committed to increasing New Hampshire's addictions workforce, and provide guidance to get diplomas, certificates, degrees, and licenses.
We encourage and practice the "pay it forward" model of engagement to rebuild social capital and promote social re-connection. We do not engage individuals or agencies competitively, and believe we are only truly successful if we collectively help others be successful along the way.
What we are NOT:
- a medical model or provider of medications
- a residential (in-patient) facility for treatment services
- a residential home or recovery housing
- a provider of detoxification or stabilization services
Reduce alcohol and drug use, overdoses, and related societal costs by providing prevention planning to school districts and communities, non-residential treatment, peer recovery support services, and holistic education to New Hampshire residents of all ages.
People and communities collectively support and empower each other.
Everyone served and employed by us receives guidance to access resources to improve overall health. All employees are paid a Monadnock-region living wage.
Most of what we receive are freely-given gifts. As such, we “pay it forward” freely and encourage everyone we serve to do this in their own lives. These simple actions rekindle our instinct to care on a basic level for other human beings, and replace the concepts of individualism and competition with resiliency, a sense of belonging, and social connection. The combination of these concepts in action will create urgently needed, positive social change for generations to come.
Board of Directors
Mary Drew, MS, MEd, CPS, CEO, Board Chair
Mary began her own recovery from alcoholism in March 2008, and in 2009 founded Reality Check to help reduce alcohol and drug use, abuse, addiction, and overdose. She earned her BS in Human Services, an MS in Community & Counseling Psychology, and an MEd in Counseling Education. She completed a two-year fellowship with the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, assigned to the NH Bureau of Drug & Alcohol Services, where she became an Internationally Certified Prevention Specialist. She is a Substance Abuse Prevention Skills trainer, a Prime For Life trainer, a Recovery Coach, and a Recovery Coach Academy trainer. Mary is also the Director of Welfare for three municipalities in New Hampshire. Mary lives in Jaffrey with her children.
Lieutenant Terry Choate
Lt. Choate has 20 years of vice president corporate experience for several Fortune 500 companies. Terry is dedicated to reducing drug-related issues by interrupting channels of distribution and does community presentations on drug trends, symptoms of addiction, reducing stigma, and increasing supportive services. He is a Lieutenant for the Jaffrey Police Department specializing in drug interdiction, and the owner of Blue-U Defense Corporation which teaches workplace violence recognition, safety, and signs of use. Terry lives in Hanchock with his wife.
Robert Beaven, Vice Chair & Treasurer
Robert has been in recovery for 22 years. He helped build a start-up organization within Merck focused on care coordination and population health management. He helped create SCR21 (Stephen C Record scholarship), has spoken at high schools, and has been a guest speaker on talk shows and news stations about drug use and recovery. Robert works for Jennifer Consulting as a senior executive consultant focused on strategic business development and operational effectiveness. As vice-chair, Robert will develop a strategic growth plan for the agency, ensuring the expansion of its impact in Southern New Hampshire and its long-term sustainability. Robert currently resides in Jaffrey, NH.
Polly Morris, BS, Board Secretary
Polly has been in Recovery since 2007, has experience working in the prevention, treatment, and recovery fields, and is passionate about engaging community members. She is a Certified Prevention Specialist and a Recovery Coach, and is pursuing her Certified Recovery Support Worker (CRSW). Polly has a BS in Addiction Studies and is completing her Masters at Antioch University majoring in Advocacy, Social Justice, and Sustainability. She believes anyone at any stage of addiction can get help. Polly will bring a pilot program focusing on mental health awareness and education to Reality Check. Polly currently resides in Winchester, NH.
Bradford Volz, US Army Veteran
Bradford is an Army veteran with 90 months deployed in 12 years, and is a devoted husband, brother, and son. Bradford is also a person in recovery and realizes how incredibly important each day in recovery truly is. Bradford offers services as a Recovery Coach and is working to raise funds to build a Recovery Center. Bradford recently started VETERANS RECOVER providing veterans with guidance and support to secure benefits and services throughout New England, and is a committed volunteer for a variety of initiatives in Southern New Hampshire. Bradford wants to be involved with an agency that practices honesty, integrity, and has a true set of values. Bradford currently resides in Wilton, NH with his wife.
Mary Ewell, PhD
Mary has lived and worked in the Washington DC metro area for the past 22 years, earning her PhD in the Physical Sciences in 2010. At George Mason University, she developed content for undergraduate physics and astronomy laboratory lectures, and served on the GMU campus-wide effort Writing Across the Curriculum. Mary was part of a select group of educators who promoted STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) within GMU by increasing undergraduate numbers, graduation rates, and connecting graduates to employment in STEM fields. Mary helped students develop the very active STEM Undergraduates for Renewable Energy (SURE) club. Having recently moved to Spofford, NH with her husband, Mary looks forward to the new challenge of teaching Mathematics and English Literature to 8th graders at South Meadow Middle School in Peterborough. Maryis also active in the Monadnock Sustainability Network promoting the Community Supported Solar Initiative.