Allie V. Severino

Fresh Start Initiative

Allie Severino is the President and Founder of Fresh Start Initiative. Fresh Start Initiative is a community- based outreach program based out of South Florida. Severino is certified through the National Council of Behavioral Health as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor as well as a current undergraduate. Severino Produces and hosts a docuseries, “Dopesick Nation” that air’s on VICELAND network in the USA, AU, and the UK. Her television show was inspired by “American Relapse” a full-length feature documentary which dove into the world of those addicted and the ones tasked with treating the addiction. Beyond inspiring an award-winning television show, American Relapse became a 10x award-winning film.
Severino made her debut in the behavioral health industry in 2010 when she launched a recovery-based behavioral health magazine, “Fresh Start”. She has always made it a passion and priority to improve access to care to her community.


Like too many New Yorkers, I know what it's like to lose a loved one to addiction—there’s an empty chair at our family table where my nephew, Michael, should be. This is personal for me. Today we’re taking action to combat the opioid epidemic and offer New Yorkers hope. Thread⬇️

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