Meet the Team
I'm Slade Skaggs,
As the Owner and Director of Recovery Centered Living LLC and CEO of the Heart Forward Foundation, my journey has been one of transformation. For 25 years, I grappled with Opiate Use Disorder and Substance Use Disorder, my struggles echoing within the streets of Austin. Hospitalizations and overdoses punctuated my path, leaving me with feelings of anger, fear, and despair. Amid these challenges, I found myself overwhelmed, uncertain how to manage my emotions, and at times, feeling nothing at all.
July 3rd, 2016 marked a turning point as I embraced long-term recovery, motivated by a desire to elevate the quality of my life. A pivotal moment arrived when I connected with a Peer Recovery community—a new experience that kindled hope, breaking through decades of darkness. In this supportive environment, I realized the potential for individuals with lived experiences, like mine, to thrive and heal.
Subsequently, I resided in a Recovery Residence and was guided by spiritual intuition to establish my own, creating a safe haven for fellow travelers on the road to recovery. Engaging deeply with the Recovery Community, I was fortunate to receive the guidance of a Peer Recovery Coach who kindled hope within me, assisting me in setting goals and advocating for my journey.
In 2022, I was deeply honored to receive the Recovery Peoples Peer of the Year Award—a recognition that reflects the journey of transformation I've undertaken.
I am a testament to the impact of Peer Recovery Support Services. From my role as a Recovery Program Coordinator to now venturing into my own organization, I have transitioned into the role of a Recovery Residence owner, overseeing five Recovery Homes. Furthermore, I've initiated the Heart Forward Foundation, a non-profit endeavor aimed at extending the blessings that were once bestowed upon me.
My purpose is clear: to share the lessons of healing and growth that have illuminated my path. I stand ready to offer my support—to you, your family, or your organization—as we navigate the transformative journey toward healing.
With gratitude and purpose,
I'm Chloe Skaggs, a woman committed to the journey of long-term recovery. Life's intricacies have etched a unique path for each of us. For me, this journey wasn't about textbooks or classrooms; it was about embracing the highs, lows, lights, and darks of personal lived experiences.
Being a peer specialist allows me to authentically share my narrative. I draw from my years of grappling with substance use, navigating institutionalization, and experiencing homelessness. These chapters of my life are now sources of motivation and inspiration, driving me to support and uplift others.
In my role, I'm not a sponsor, therapist, or doctor. Instead, I'm a companion who's walked a similar road and stands ready to journey beside you. As you seek peace and freedom, I'm here to advocate, support, and connect you with the abundant resources awaiting your reach.
Your recovery journey, today, is my focus. I'm here to listen. What's illuminating your life? What's casting shadows? What knowledge are you seeking? Let's embark on this shared path, and together, create a chapter of empowerment and transformation.
With dedication to your growth,