Who We Are …
Mary Drew founded Reality Check in 2009 to help people and communities impacted by alcohol and drug addiction. Reality Check opened its doors in October of 2016, with the help of a White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Drug-Free Communities grant.
Reality Check is a 501c3 nonprofit in NH offering scalable addiction services to NH communities.
We provide prevention plan development to school districts, support to access treatment, community-based recovery services, and holistic education.
We practice a "pay it forward" model and believe we are only truly successful as people - if we help others be successful.
Reduce alcohol and drug use, addiction, and overdoses, and related social and economic costs, by providing comprehensive and scalable addiction services.
People and communities support and empower each other to build social connection.
Everyone served and employed by Reality Check receives access to resources to improve overall health and are paid a living wage.
We practice a “pay it forward” philosophy and encourage everyone we serve to do this in their own lives. Acts of kindness rekindle our basic instinct to care for other human beings, and replace the concepts of individualism and competition with resiliency, and a sense of belonging and connection. These concepts in action create urgently needed positive social change for generations to come.
Board of Directors
Mary Drew, MEd, MS, CPS, Founder & President
Mary began her recovery in 2008, and in 2009 founded Reality Check to help reduce addiction, and overdose deaths. Mary holds an MS in Community & Counseling Psychology and an MEd in Counseling Education, and completed her Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration fellowship assigned to the NH Bureau of Drug & Alcohol Services. She is an Internationally Certified Prevention Specialist, a Recovery Coach, and a trainer of Substance Abuse Prevention Training Skills, Prevention Ethics, Prime For Life, and the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy. Mary lives in Jaffrey with her son, Duncan.
James (Jim) Beeler, MHSA
Jim has worked in healthcare administration for 36 years in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, and substance abuse treatment. Jim was most recently the Director at a Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) facility utilizing methadone, buprenorphine, and Suboxone, combined with intensive outpatient counseling and drug testing, directing protocols for over a thousand individuals seeking treatment for substance abuse issues. Jim has a MS in Health Services Administration from Arizona State University, and a BA English Literature from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Jim lives in Dublin, NH with his wife.
Bradford Volz, RC
Bradford is in recovery and is a US Army combat veteran and Department of Army civilian with over 100 months deployed in 14 years. As a result of obstacles accessing VA benefits when he returned to the US, he founded VETERANS RECOVER to help other veterans navigate and secure VA benefits and services and to secure recovery housing. Bradford is the Executive Director for Addiction Recovery Coalition of New Hampshire in Hancock providing recovery housing for men, and is a Recovery Coach providing support to men. He lives in Wilton with his wife.
Bruce Simpson, J.D.
Bruce is a real estate development consultant in Dublin, NH who provides comprehensive advice to developers and homeowners facing design, compliance, and public relations issues. Bruce is also the Chair of the Dublin Planning Board, and was a founding member and past president of the Dublin Community Center where he was influential in transforming a derelict building in the center of town into a multi-purposed community center. Bruce holds a JD from Vermont Law School and a BA in English, and lives with his wife and son in Dublin, NH.
Taylor has lived in Jaffrey, NH most of his life and currently attends Keene State College majoring in Political Science. At age 19, he founded a marketing company, RobotBubble, helping businesses throughout New England grow their online brand. In 2019, he began working with Reality Check to help raise awareness about its mission and services. Tyler coordinates internships for marketing interns for Reality Check and is developing and implementing an annual comprehensive marketing and communication plan for the agency. Taylor lives in Jaffrey, NH.
Mary Ewell, PhD, Reality Check Advisor
Mary has lived and worked in the Washington DC metro area for the past 22 years, and has a PhD in Physical Science. At George Mason University Mary promoted STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) by connecting graduates to STEM employment, while developing the STEM Undergraduates for Renewable Energy (SURE) club. Having recently moved to NH, Mary is active in the Monadnock Sustainability Network and its solar initiative and lives in Spofford, NH with her husband.
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