Mariel Harrison is 28 years old and a resident of Point Pleasant, NJ. In her spare time she can usually be found outside – kayaking, hiking, biking or on the beach. You can also add running to that list as she recently completed her first 5k. Mariel is also a young-person in long term recovery from substance use disorder – which means she has not taken a drink or used a drug since May 2007. Mariel’s journey since entering recovery has been incredible – full of joy, love, laughter, purpose, faith, service, compassion and courage. In the past two short years, Mariel has immersed herself wholeheartedly in mental health and addiction advocacy work. She is currently employed by the National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Dependency (NCADD-NJ) in their Public Affairs department, working as an advocacy field organizer. She also sits on various boards and coalitions throughout the state. As a young person in recovery herself, she feels it is vital to bring the young person’s voice to the table, when making decisions about addiction prevention, treatment and recovery. Addiction is a disease and it must be treated as such! Mariel has dedicated her life to advocacy and her wish is to be part of the movement that revolutionizes the way addiction and mental health are viewed and treated.