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Cortney Lovell

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Cortney Lovell is a face of recovery. She speaks of hope and strives to empower others with the knowledge that they too can recover, no matter what.  

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Cortney Lovell is a person in long-term recovery from addiction. An out-going, athletic teenager, she silently struggled with self image and other issues growing up. Cortney cloaked her suffering behind a smile for years as it progressed to heroin addiction and eventually incarceration. At just nineteen years old she began her journey to wellness and discovered her purpose along the way.

Today, Cortney, a person in recovery, is a dynamic, out-spoken leader working across systems to empower others to discover the depths of their potential. She is an articulate and thoughtful speaker who makes an impact with her audiences. She believes in the limitless possibilities each person has when they are encouraged, equipped and supported to achieve their highest level of success. Cortney is a well recognized advocate for others who articulates the need for ongoing recovery supports and greater access to those supports.

The Director and Founder of WRise Consulting, Cortney offers consulting services with expertise specializing in addiction, mental health, wellness and recovery. She has consulted for corporate businesses, federal agencies, and national and state organizations on substance use prevention, recovery capacity, youth engagement and leadership. Prior to starting her business, Cortney worked with Friends of Recovery – New York as the Director of Recovery Education and Training.  She volunteered with Young People in Recovery before working as Young People in Recovery’s National Chapter Director. Cortney also proudly served as a Prevention Specialist for Accenture Federal Services and spent several years as a substance use clinician in New York.
Cortney has been a spokesperson for the New York State Governor's Combat Heroin Campaign. She also is a "Youth Voice" on and has been featured on "Inside Addiction" and in the documentary “Everywhere but Safe”. Cortney has participated in numerous press events, conferences, and ceremonies. She enjoys speaking out about addiction and telling others about the value and importance of recovery supports. She is an articulate, thoughtful speaker who is able to subtly instill new ideas in her audiences while motivating change on all levels.

Cortney is the mom of two beautiful children, a wife to an incredibly supportive solider and loving companion to the best rescue pup. She spends her time enjoying country living with her family in upstate New York and exploring new cultures whenever possible. 

Speaking Topics

A Beautiful Thing -
Recovery is possible and its rewards are endless. Hear about Cortney's journey to this truth

Empowered Me -
Helping youth discover the silver lining even in the darkest of places.

Cortney also speaks on:

  • Youth Empowerment and Prevention
  • Women's Leadership
  • Harm Reduction
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Total Wellness; Mind, Body, Spirit 
Believe in your power as a valuable, worthy human being!
— Cortney Lovell
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