Cody Desmond joined the PAARI team in October 2017 as a member of the inaugural AmeriCorps group of recovery coaches and in September 2018 he was hired on as a staff member.
Cody was born and raised in Gloucester, MA and is a person in long term recovery. Cody struggled with substance use at 13 years old and his recovery journey began when he enrolled at Northshore Recovery High School in Beverly, MA. This is when Cody knew his calling in his life. With most of his friends plagued by death and destruction from addiction, he saw firsthand at a young age what addiction can do. Since then, Cody has been working in the recovery field, starting as an intern for Gloucester’s Health Department while a senior in high school. Since then he has worked in various settings, including detoxes, inpatient and outpatient programs, MAT clinics, adolescent programs, nonprofits, recovery high schools. In 2018 Cody became a Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CARC), which is a new certification for recovery coaches offered by the Massachusetts Board of Substance Abuse Counselor Certification (MBSACC), in conjunction with the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS).
Cody’s mission is to help anyone who is down and out, anyone who struggles with addiction, or anyone that wants a second chance in life. His motto is that love and support can be used to treat any disease, especially the disease of addiction.
Both as an AmeriCorps member and staff member at PAARI, Cody has been based out of the Lynn Police Department in Lynn, MA. Cody’s main duty is to respond to all of the overdoses occur in the City of Lynn while also a part of an outreach team with the Lynn Community Health Center. Teaming up with other agencies and nonprofits in Lynn, Cody has focused most of his time on the streets, assisting those who are most vulnerable – those struggling with a substance use disorder, mental health illnesses, and the homeless population. Cody meets those struggling with addiction where they’re at and through his personal experience, education, and training, he is able to understand, empathize, and relate to his recoverees. His main duties are to promote recovery, teach healthy living skills, connect people with recovery resources, and to walk the journey of recovery with those that are trying to get sober.
Cody is based out of the Behavioral Health Unit in Lynn Police Department. He can be reached at his office at 781-477-4367, by calling or texting his cell phone at 781-346-9746, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.