Austin Wright was born in 1990 in sunny San Diego, California. He spent much of his adolescence living outside of Atlanta, Georgia, where he found his passion for writing, playing, and performing music. He attended college at Georgia Southern University where he studied Business and Music technology, but took medical leave in late 2011. He moved to South Florida in the summer of 2013 and, after struggling with chronic pain and problematic substance use for nearly a decade, Austin began his journey of long term recovery in January of 2018.
Austin started volunteering with Rebel Recovery within a few months of finding recovery and began pursuing his passion for helping marginalized populations through Harm Reduction. He spent countless hours of his free time helping to build Rebel’s harm reduction outreach program and has distributed hundreds of doses of Narcan in Palm Beach County over the past two years. Austin was an integral piece in starting the first Medication Assisted Recovery Anonymous meeting in Palm Beach County, and has worked to grow the fellowship by starting various MARA meetings in the area. He works tirelessly to fight the stigma on Medication-Assisted Treatment and to educate the public on the benefits of this evidence based practice. In September of 2019, Austin began working full time with Rebel Recovery as a Peer Specialist.
Austin is currently working on a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work at Palm Beach State College and hopes to pursue a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in the near future. He is President of the Students For Recovery Club at PBSC, and is currently working towards making Naloxone widely available on every campus by getting Narcan in the hands of each security officer and in every AED box on campus.
Austin spends his free time hanging out with friends, writing and playing music, gardening, reading, going to shows, and chilling with his cats, Roxy and Corey, and his dog, Gibson. He also enjoys rocking out at hip, full-moon drum circles and going to Wharf Rat meetings between Crazy Finger sets. His long hair may be no more, but he could still hold his own on any Shakedown Street.