Allie Severino was born in Englewood, NJ, and moved frequently between Florida, New Jersey, and New York throughout her childhood. She settled in South Florida at the age of 14, where she attended West Boca Raton Community High School.
Allie had already developed a history of drug use, but moving to Florida in the midst of a pill mill epidemic became the catalyst toward full-blown addiction. This lifestyle would continue to pull her downward for the next several years.
At the age of 17, Allie was arrested for the sale, distribution, and trafficking of ecstasy and Oxycontin. She was charged as an adult and faced a 120-year prison sentence. This arrest also resulted in expulsion from Palm Beach County School District, front page media coverage, and a criminal record — all before she was old enough to vote or drive.
Trapped in this seemingly hopeless position, Allie Severino was left with few options. Her life had once lead surely to prison or death, but in the crucible of the courts and painful self-realization, she chose recovery.
Severino was sentenced to six years of probation, with bi-weekly drug tests and no chance for early termination.
She was also court-mandated to six months of drug rehabilitation at the Drug Abuse Foundation in Delray Beach Florida.
Allie was sober when she graduated her six-month drug rehabilitation program, but she found herself with no real life skills, no high school diploma, no driver’s license, and a criminal record that made finding employment all but impossible. Little by little, she pieced her life together. She secured steady work at a restaurant, a sober friend let her live in her apartment, and her father helped her buy a car.
It’s been 10 years since Allie graduated from the state-run treatment facility where she tried to hit a “reset” button on life. What she’s learned is that there is no magical button that erases a criminal history or the pain her father felt seeing his daughter wither away. She could only change her future.
Allie has experienced not only life in recovery but the life of a young person in general. Like any other young person, Allie has totaled cars, lived paycheck to paycheck and experienced the deaths of countless friends. On the flip side, Allie has succeeded in business, gone back to school, helped numerous friends get sober, all while not resorting to drugs or alcohol no matter the pain or contentment she has experienced.
Allie doesn’t expect a trophy for doing the right thing. Her greatest desire is to share the hope she now has to make an impact on her community.
From her days as a foster care child, imprisoned high school senior, to creating her first business, “Fresh Start Magazine”, to now, Allie is a young woman set on building others up. She leads by example and proves that no matter where you come from or what obstacles are in the way, absolutely anything is possible.
For seven years, Allie has been assisting families and addicts in the fight for their lives by providing addiction treatment resources to afflicted families across the country. She has seen so many success stories which are what undoubtedly keeps her going. Allie is a caring, tenacious, energetic, and positive figure in the real fight against drugs — the fight that takes place every day in our schools and on our streets.