Wendy Smith


I am a 42 year old addict in long term recovery. I’m currently incarcerated at Southern Maine Women’s Re-entry Center and a college student studying to be a production tech.. I’m passionate about helping others by sharing my experience, strength, and hope from active addiction into recovery. Since my incarceration I have founded a nonprofit organization that helps women with financial barriers to be able to pursue higher education while incarcerated, and help provide re-entry housing. I am also a recovery coach. I enjoy good conversation, baking, anything creative, and music.


  • What if I dared to dream?

This presentation is based around my personal journey from pre-addiction, active addiction and recovery. It is focused on the mind state of an addict, internal and external stigmas, how the addicted brain thinks, family affects, and what recovery looks like. This gives a “through the lens” view from someone that is affected by substance abuse disorder and the struggles we face on a daily basis to find freedom from addiction. This provides an understanding that no dream is too big, and that change is possible.