Rewriting The Story Of My Addiction | Jo Harvey | TEDxUniversityofNevada

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Jo Harvey develops and implements drug and alcohol prevention programs on the campus of The University of Nevada. In this candid talk she discusses the importance of the stories we tell ourselves about our behavior, and how she rewrote her own story of addiction to alcohol.

Jo has a deep-rooted passion for identifying alternative approaches to healing from trauma and addiction. While her own struggle with substance abuse was certainly the catalyst to identifying non-traditional approaches to treatment, it was her personal experience of healing which truly cultivated the desire to assist others on their journey to wellness.

As the Program Specialist for the University of Nevada Reno, Jo’s primary role is to develop and implement drug and alcohol prevention programs on campus. In addition, she has taught an Overview of Addiction course for the past several years for the Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies. Jo is currently pursuing her PhD in Educational Leadership and has her MS in Human Development and Family Studies with a specialization in Addiction Treatment and Prevention Services.

When she isn’t working or studying, you can find her training towards her Black Belt in mixed martial arts.

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