About

Untitled designMegan Aronson is a spokeswoman, changemaker, author, and blogger. She is one of ten people in the U.S. who serves on the Advocates for Recovery (OpioidRecovery.org) Survivor’s Council, a 501 (c) 4 non-profit organization created by Newt Gingrich, former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, and civil rights activist, Van Jones, to combat the current drug overdose epidemic. Megan also serves as an Addiction Recovery Ambassador and member of Yavapai County’s Substance Abuse Coalition, MATFORCE. As a member of their Speaker’s Bureau she shares the RISE AGAIN story with addicts, their families, and teen drug offenders. She also serves on the Verde Valley Steering Committee Task Force to address substance abuse.

As the author of the forthcoming memoir, RISE AGAIN, Megan has shared her story on the Our Voices radio show on 90.3 WKAH in New York, on the Voices for Change 2.0 podcast, on VoyagePhoenix.com and DivorceForce.com, through numerous speaking engagements, on the Rise Again blog, and on Twitter, where she has over 15,000 followers.

Megan’s 9-minute talk, “I Don’t Need Help” from Sedona’s This Is My Brave has been viewed thousands of times on Facebook and led to an invitation to open the 3rd Annual Verde Valley Mental Health Summit at Cliff Castle Casino. 

Megan is a Contributing Author for DivorceForce.com, and for websites YourTribute.com and OpenToHope.com. She’s known as the former host of “Out & About with Megan” on Channel 16 in Sedona, AZ. She has also appeared on AZTV’s AM Arizona several times promoting Sedona, AZ and her writing.

Megan has worked in public relations, marketing, advertising and sales, promoting local businesses through ad campaigns, press releases, and social media.

Megan lives just outside the idyllic red rocks of Sedona, AZ with her husband, Kory, and four children. After battling a rare seizure disorder for over two years while writing her forthcoming memoir, RISE AGAIN, she is now seizure-free and fully recovered. She enjoys hiking, biking, devouring books like food, and connecting with 16,000 amazing people on the #RiseAgain journey with her on Twitter. 

List of Publications

Interviews & Profiles

 “Megan Aronson: Rise Again.” Our Voices, 90.3 WKAH New York, September 2018
 “Author, Advocate & PTSD Survivor Megan Aronson.” Voices for Change 2.0 podcast, August 2018
 “Conversations with the Inspiring Megan Aronson.” VoyagePhoenix.com, July 2018

Readings & Presentations

 MATFORCE – Presentation given to youth in court-mandated drug education, October 2018
 Celebrate Recovery Cottonwood – Presentation of “Rise Again” story, October 2018
 Verde Valley Mental Health Summit – Presented “I Don’t Need Help” to open the event for 140 health professionals (October 2017)
 Sedona Creative Life Center – Presented “I Don’t Need Help” as part of the international This is My Brave show as one of eleven participants (May 2017)

Articles

 “A Challenge to Save Lives.” Red Rock News, December 2018
 “How Empathy Saved My Son & My Marriage.” DivorceForce.com, forthcoming
 “So Much More Than 5 Stages of Grief.” OpentoHope.com, May 2017
 “Grief Speaks: How Can I Be Alone.” YourTribute.com, September 2013
 “Grief Tools: Keeping a Journal.” YourTribute.com, August 2013
 “Grief Tools: Expressing the Pain.” YourTribute.com, August 2013
 “My Baby Died and Taught Me Faith.” OpentoHope.com, March, 2012
 “This Year I Gave Time for Christmas.” Red Rock News, January 2012
 “How to Feel Sedona’s Mystical Energy – An Interview with Mr. Sedona.” WanderingEducators.com Homepage Feature, October 2011
 “Sedona.TV: Your #1 Guide to Sedona.” WanderingEducators.com Homepage Feature, April 2009
 “Where Do the Locals Go to Eat in Breckenridge, CO.” WanderingEducators.com, 2009
 “The Black Sand Beaches of Flagstaff’s Upper Lake Mary.” WanderingEducators.com Homepage Feature, 2009

8 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Megan! I just read your entire “About” info. What an honor for you to like one of my blogging tips post. Thanks!

    You have a pretty inspiring blog here. Cheers to your book and your brave journey!

    • What an honor to have YOU here! Thanks so much for coming by and hearing more about who I am! I got a lot out of your post – so glad you followed me over here and hope you’ll stick around for the ride. So happy to connect with you!

  2. Wow, your story moved me. You have got a great heart and such a fantastic energy, Megan. God sent you here with purpose and beauty, and I am excited for all he has in store for you with the strength he has built up. Whether you believe in God, the universe, Buddha, Jesus, John Lennon, or Prada, I send you good, positive vibes! 🙂

    • You have no idea how much your words and your story have touched me today Ina. THANK YOU so much! I feel honored to walk on the same road with you and you are exactly the person I wrote this all for. ♡

      • I’m glad, Megan! I think we were meant to find each other and be a source of support, though miles away. There’s so much that people do not realize about being a supporter and enabler. Our recovering loved one gets lots of support and gets an escape to be a better person while we are left at home, broken and trying to figure out the missing pieces. Who is our cheerleader? When do we get our retreat? When do we get to feel whole and validated again and told “I understand I wronged you and don’t deserve your trust, but I’m going to work every day to build it back.” Or is that too Hollywood?

      • Ina, we are truly kindred spirits. Reading your words, it’s like reading my own thoughts. I spent years saying the same things. Where’s my support group? Where are my cheerleaders? When do I get a 90 day retreat? I don’t think it’s too Hollywood to hope for that validation. You did go through SO much, and you deserve a recovery period as well. So take it. Whether anyone rolls the red carpet out for you, or not. Just take it. We are only just beginning to understand how living with an addict/alcoholic changed us, affected our behaviors, our coping mechanisms, our attitudes, and our entire lives. In some ways, it’s a gift, though, if you can see it as such, to have an opportunity to have such self-awareness that you can dig deep and try to detangle the threads of who you are, and who you are not.

        I kind of put myself through my own 12-step program to give myself the support my husband was getting and that helped a great deal. Recently, I’ve finally made the jump to reaching out to receive the same support for myself and for the first time, I finally feel understood, validated, and supported in mind-boggling ways. I had done a lot of work on my own, but there’s really something to be said for sitting in a room full of people going through the same experiences. It’s powerful in a way I could never have imagined before I joined in. It’s how I feel just writing to you! You get me!!! I hope you feel the same, and I truly mean it when I say, please find me on Facebook, and stay connected here, and reach out anytime you need someone to understand EXACTLY how you feel and what you’re going through. It would be a great source of healing and hope to be able to support you in any small way on your journey. Thank you again for making my WEEK by being here. ❤

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