Together, we will recover from addiction, discover purpose, and build meaningful connections. We are an all-inclusive transitional living program that helps women discover a life worth living through safe and supportive recovery services and housing. In our program, connection is key.
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Mission Statement: The Recovery Connection aims to provide the highest standards for safe and structured recovery housing. Our person-centered and strength-based support services will encourage individuals to not only recover from addiction, but to lead fulfilling and meaningful lives. In our program, connection is key.
As a service provider, it is important to recognize the crucial pillars for a strong foundation in recovery. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2017), there are four main dimensions that support and sustain life in recovery: health, home, purpose, and community. The Recovery Connection helps individuals not only recover from drugs and alcohol, but to also lead fulfilling lives by addressing all of these dimensions. We believe that our recovery home and program provides individuals with the support and resources they need to thrive.
The Recovery Connection provides housing and recovery related services to those that struggle with substance use disorder and desire a new way to live. Our women’s recovery home is located in the City of Winchester (approximately 75 miles west of Washington, DC). Our compassionate, professional and understanding staff works with each resident in developing individualized recovery plans based on realistic and attainable goals. We believe in a strength-based, person-centered approach where individuals can feel safe and supported during this difficult phase of their lives. Through peer support and a monitored structure, residents engage in daily meaningful activities and establish networks of support with others in the community. In our recovery home and transitional living program, connection is the key to finding a life worth living.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2017, September 20). Recovery and recovery support. Retrieved from http://www.samhsa.gov/recovery
The Recovery Connection is accredited through the Virginia Association of Recovery Residences (VARR). VARR's mission is to "set high quality standards for recovery residences in Virginia and accredit residences that meet the rigorous criteria". VARR is our state affiliate of The National Alliance for Recovery Residences. For more information please visit
MEET OUR TEAM
Co-Founder & CEO
Originally from McLean, Virginia, Julie is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Recovery Connection LLC. She moved to Winchester in 2008 seeking help for her substance use disorder. After entering recovery from addiction and bulimia, Julie uncovered a strong passion in the field.
Julie returned to school and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Shenandoah University. For the next three years, Julie worked at a local mental health clinic operating the Quality Assurance department as well as facilitating substance abuse groups. She received training and became a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist in the state of Virginia.
Julie is currently pursuing her CSAC certification through the Virginia Board of Counseling. In addition, she is heavily involved in advocacy for mental health and substance use on the local and state level in honor of her late husband Danny. Julie resides in Stephens City with her two small children.
"When you feel like quitting, think about why you started."
Co-Founder & COO
A native of Alexandria, Virginia, Meredith Speir is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of The Recovery Connection LLC. She previously attended George Mason University and is currently pursuing a degree in Psychology with a concentration in Addictions & Recovery from Liberty University. Meredith is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist in the state of Virginia.
Meredith relocated to Winchester, Virginia in 2007 after she went through treatment for substance use disorder. Since relocating to Winchester, she has adjusted to "living in the valley" and has a deep passion for recovery and helping others along in their journey in recovery. For the past five years, she has served as a volunteer at a local treatment center and facilitated hands-on and interactive aftercare services for clients. Meredith comes from a Marketing & Sales background and previously worked for The Data & Marketing Association, GMAC and Navy Federal Credit Union.
Meredith currently resides in Winchester with her husband who is a small business owner in Frederick County, Virginia and 5-year old daughter. She is in long-term recovery from the disease of addiction and is passionate about helping those that desire to find a new way to live.
"You have the power to say, this is NOT how my story will end."
Recovery House Manager
Jackie Beaulieu, originally from Washington DC, is the Recovery House Manager of The Recovery Connection. Jackie lived in the Tidewater area with her husband for several years. She moved to Winchester in 2016 in search of treatment for her substance use disorder that she has struggled with for many years.
While in the Tidewater area Jackie received her Associates degree in Culinary Arts. She has always had a passion for bringing joy to people’s lives and making a difference and found that through her creativity as a Chef. After coming into recovery, she realized that her passion was not only in the culinary world, it was also in the world of addiction and making a difference in others who share in this common struggle. Jackie is passionate about building connections with our residents at The Recovery Connection.
Jackie is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist in the state of Virginia and currently resides in Winchester, VA at our transitional living home. She is also trained in First Aid/CPR/AED.
Direct Care Specialist
Originally from Warrenton, Virginia. Abby is a Direct Care Professional at The Recovery Connection. She has previously lived all over Northern Virginia as well as Charlotte North Carolina where she battled with addiction for nearly half her life. Abby moved to Winchester in the fall of 2017 after seeking treatment for her substance abuse disorder.
Since Abby first completed her treatment she has been passionate about giving back and truly believes in the therapeutic value of one addict helping another. Working in the field of Recovery has been a dream for Abby for many years. With just four months clean, that dream came true for her when she started working overnights at another local treatment facility.
Abby is currently going through Peer Recovery Specialist Training and has also been trained in CPR, First Aid and AED. She currently resides in Winchester with her boyfriend and pitbull.
When she’s not busy helping others in recovery you can find Abby hiking, cooking or having a good snuggle with Jax watching Netflix.
The Recovery Connection Program Services Include:
Food & Beverage
Utilities - electric, gas, cable, Internet, & Phone
Fitness & Wellness Classes
Transportation to Local 12-step Meetings
Individual Weekly Progress Meetings
Shuttle to Church Services
Weekly House Meetings
Recovery Education & Relapse Prevention Workshops
Life Skills Classes
Assistance for Connecting with Local Resources
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