Nicole Federici is the mother of three children, one of whom has been struggling with addiction for nine years. The course of her son’s disease has included periods of sustained recovery as well as relapses into active addiction.
Being the parent of an addict led Nicole to increase her own understanding of addiction – to distinguish between helping and enabling; to overcome feelings of guilt, anger, fear and frustration; and to take steps to lessen her own suffering as well as the suffering of her family members.
This also led her to create support systems that were not in place when she needed help navigating this journey.
Over time, Nicole has taken on leadership roles within local recovery groups and participated in outreach aimed at providing access to resources for addicts and their loved ones. Most recently, she became a certified recovery coach with City of Angels, a Trenton-based non-profit that focuses on raising addiction awareness in communities throughout NJ as well as on providing practical recovery support to addicts.
Laura Campanile is the mother of five children, and is in recovery from alcoholism.
She was raised in North Carolina in a southern family where God was number one, so she naturally comes from a place of God as her Creator, Healer and Ultimate Resolve.
After seeing a need in the recovery community for Christianity and a connection to their Higher Power, Laura established a Recovery Ministry at her church, St. Denis, in Manasquan. She is also the founder and director of Eleventh Step Ministries, which provides Christ-centered recovery programs.
Laura is also a published writer/blogger for the Asbury Park Press and other local papers. She has been an educated recovery advocate since 2016. As member of AA since 2011, she lives her life on the principles of being honest, open and willing One Day at a Time.
Together Laura and Nicole created RAFTS “Recovery Advocates For The Shore” as a way of being able to give back in the community in ways they have learned through experience. Through extensive research and experience on recovery and Recovery Organizations, they have brought together a community of peers who plan to do whatever is necessary to fight the local epidemic of addiction and help people achieve long-term recovery.