Who We Are and How We Started …
Mary Drew founded Reality Check in 2009 as a way to help people and communities impacted by alcohol and drug addiction. Reality Check officially launched 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 any community seeking help to impact the drug epidemic.
We provide prevention plan development to school districts and communities, access to treatment and recovery services, and holistic education. . There are no requirements or referrals needed to use our services.
We practice a "pay it forward" model to rebuild social capital and connection, 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 and access to holistic education.
People and communities collectively support and empower each other.
Everyone served and employed by Reality Check receives guidance to access resources to improve their overall health. All employees are also paid a Monadnock-region living wage.
Most of what we receive are freely-given gifts. So we practice a “pay it forward” philosophy and encourage people we serve to do this in their own lives. Simple acts 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 can create urgently needed positive social change for generations to come.
Board of Directors
Mary Drew, MS, MEd, CPS, CEO, Board Chair
Mary began her recovery from alcoholism in March 2008, and in 2009 founded Reality Check to help reduce alcohol and drug addiction and overdose. Mary holds an MS in Community & Counseling Psychology and an MEd in Counseling Education, and completed a two-year fellowship with the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration assigned to the NH Bureau of Drug & Alcohol Services. She is an Internationally Certified Prevention Specialist and a Recovery Coach, and is a trainer for SAMHSA’s Substance Abuse Prevention Training Skills and Prevention Ethics, as well as Prime For Life and the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy. Mary is also the Welfare Officer for 3 municipalities in NH, and lives in Jaffrey with her son, Duncan.
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), and has spoken at high schools 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 and its long-term sustainability. Robert lives in Jaffrey, NH.
Polly Morris, BS, Board Secretary
Polly has been in Recovery since 2007. Her work experience spans across the addiction spectrum, having worked in the prevention, treatment, and recovery fields, and being passionate about engaging community members. She is a Certified Prevention Specialist ,a Recovery Coach and a Recovery Coach Trainer. 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 lives in Winchester, NH with her cat.
Bradford Volz, US Army Veteran
Bradford Volz, RC
Bradford is in recovery and a retired Army Special Forces veteran with 90 months deployed in 12 years. As a result of challenges to accessing VA benefits when he returned to the US, Bradford founded VETERANS RECOVER to help other veterans navigate and secure VA benefits and services. Bradford is the Executive Director at the Addiction Recovery Coalition home for men in NH, and working to expand by purchasing a property to provide a home for women. Bradford is a Recovery Coach providing support to people seeking recovery all over the country, and is a committed volunteer for numerous nonprofits in the Monadnock Region. He lives in Wilton 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 Mary promoted STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) by increasing graduation rates and 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 the Monadnock Progressive Alliance. She is working to become a Certified Prevention Specialist for the state of NH, and lives in Spofford 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