Megan Aronson is a spokeswoman, changemaker, writer, and blogger. She is one of ten people in the U.S. who serves on the Advocates for Recovery (OpioidRecovery.org) Survivor’s Council, a bipartisan 501 (c) 4 non-profit organization created by Newt Gingrich, former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, and civil rights activist, Van Jones, to combat the current drug overdose epidemic.
Megan also served as an Addiction Recovery Ambassador and member of Yavapai County’s Substance Abuse Coalition, MATFORCE. As a member of their Speaker’s Bureau she shared the 47 CHANCES story with addicts, their families, and teen drug offenders. She also served on the Verde Valley Steering Committee Task Force to address substance abuse.
As the author of the (unpublished) memoir, 47 CHANCES, Megan has shared her story on the Our Voices radio show on 90.3 WKAH in New York, on the Voices for Change 2.0 podcast, on VoyagePhoenix.com and through numerous speaking engagements, on the Rise Again blog, and on Twitter, where she has over 20,000 followers.
Megan’s 9-minute talk, “I Don’t Need Help” from Sedona’s This Is My Brave has been viewed thousands of times on Facebook and led to an invitation to open the 3rd Annual Verde Valley Mental Health Summit at Cliff Castle Casino.
Megan is a Contributing Author for websites YourTribute.com and OpenToHope.com. She’s known as the former host of “Out & About with Megan” on Channel 16 in Sedona, AZ. She has also appeared on AZTV’s AM Arizona several times promoting Sedona, AZ and her writing.
Megan has worked in public relations, marketing, advertising and sales, promoting local businesses through ad campaigns, press releases, and social media.
After 20 years in the idyllic red rocks of Sedona, AZ, Megan and her family relocated to the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee in 2019. After battling a rare seizure disorder for two years while writing her memoir, 47 CHANCES, she is now seizure-free and fully recovered. She enjoys hiking, biking, devouring books like food, and connecting with 20,000 amazing people on the #RiseAgain journey with her on Twitter.
List of Publications
Interviews & Profiles
“Megan Aronson: Rise Again.” Our Voices, 90.3 WKAH New York, September 2018
“Author, Advocate & PTSD Survivor Megan Aronson.” Voices for Change 2.0 podcast, August 2018 – Part 1, Part 2
“Conversations with the Inspiring Megan Aronson.” VoyagePhoenix.com, July 2018
Readings & Presentations
MATFORCE – Presentation given to youth in court-mandated drug education, October 2018
Celebrate Recovery Cottonwood – Presentation of “Rise Again” story, October 2018
Verde Valley Mental Health Summit – Presented “I Don’t Need Help” to open the event for 140 health professionals (October 2017)
Sedona Creative Life Center – Presented “I Don’t Need Help” as part of the international This is My Brave show as one of eleven participants (May 2017)
“A Challenge to Save Lives.” Red Rock News, December 2018
“How Empathy Saved My Son & My Marriage.” DivorceForce.com, forthcoming
“So Much More Than 5 Stages of Grief.” OpentoHope.com, May 2017
“Grief Speaks: How Can I Be Alone.” YourTribute.com, September 2013
“Grief Tools: Keeping a Journal.” YourTribute.com, August 2013
“Grief Tools: Expressing the Pain.” YourTribute.com, August 2013
“My Baby Died and Taught Me Faith.” OpentoHope.com, March, 2012
“This Year I Gave Time for Christmas.” Red Rock News, January 2012
“How to Feel Sedona’s Mystical Energy – An Interview with Mr. Sedona.” WanderingEducators.com Homepage Feature, October 2011
“Sedona.TV: Your #1 Guide to Sedona.” WanderingEducators.com Homepage Feature, April 2009
“Where Do the Locals Go to Eat in Breckenridge, CO.” WanderingEducators.com, 2009
“The Black Sand Beaches of Flagstaff’s Upper Lake Mary.” WanderingEducators.com Homepage Feature, 2009