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Laurie Johnson-Wade


Laurie Johnson-Wade

Keynote Speaker

Lost Dreams Awakening



LDA Ubuntu Recovery

Come experience LDA Ubuntu Recovery.
LDA Ubuntu Recovery is an Afrocentric, community-based, pathway, based on the ancient African philosophy of "Ubuntu" LDA Ubuntu Recovery affirms and humanizes individuals and families seeking an inclusive SUD recovery community. LDA Ubuntu Recovery draws on the collective strength of our shared humanity.


Laurie Johnson-Wade, CRS, CFRS, RSS, CBC, CRC, FPS, RSS

Laurie Johnson-Wade is the Co-Founding Director of Lost Dreams Awakening (LDA) Recovery Community Organization (RCO), a 501c3 non-profit in New Kensington, Pennsylvania. Laurie is an Advanced Implementation Specialist (AIS) with the Opioid Response Network (ORN) at UMKC; a Steering Committee Member for the Peer Recovery Center of Excellence Workforce Development Core Team 3; an adjunct faculty member of Faces and Voices Recovery Training Institute (RTI); and was recently selected to serve on the Life Unites Us Community Impact Committee.

Laurie is a Certified Behavioral Consultant (CBC), a Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS); a Recovery Support Supervisor (RSS); a Forensic Peer Specialist (FPS), and has a degree in Health Administration.
Laurie brings over 30 years of lived recovery experience (Established May 30, 1991), to the revolutionary and rewarding work of Recovery Support Services and Recovery Coaching.

Laurie is a trainer of the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy and Ethical Considerations for Recovery Coaches; a facilitator of the PA Family Support Alliance (PFSA) Recovering Families Program, and the PROACT Family Education Series.

Laurie was named the 2020 Recovery Advocate of the Year by the Pittsburgh Recovery Walk, she serves on the Board of Directors for Faces and Voices of Recovery - serving as the Chair of the CAPRSS Committee, as well as the DEI Committee.

Laurie is a proud member of Black Faces Black Voices (BFBV) and seeks to integrate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) within all systems of care - spanning Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery.
Laurie is the founder of LDA Ubuntu Recovery, a new recovery pathway, based on the ancient African Philosophy of Ubuntu.

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