Caroline Beidler


Caroline Beidler, BA, MSW (she/her) is a grateful woman in recovery, author, and the Founder of Bright Story Shine, a storytelling platform that celebrates stories of recovery and resilience. She is also the Director of Creative Consultation Services, LLC., a business focused on creating sustainable addiction recovery support services at the local, state, and federal level. She is the past Director of Wisconsin Voices for Recovery, along with a past founder and Director of ED2Recovery, a nationally recognized program that brings Recovery Coaching into the Emergency Department setting. Through her consulting work, speaking engagements and writing, Caroline has worked with legislators, non-profits, universities, federal agencies and others to create innovative models that empower communities and people in recovery. Some of her areas of expertise include: communications, adolescent and collegiate recovery, social and peer support, and asset-based community development. Caroline was the former Chair of the Prevention Committee for the Wisconsin State Council on Alcohol and other Drug Abuse by Governor’s Appointment, and has participated on many state and national coalitions and committees. Caroline has a passion for young people in recovery and founded two programs for college-aged youth in recovery: Live Free – Student Wellness and Recovery, Wisconsin’s only Collegiate Recovery Program, and Connect House Sober Living Foundation, Inc., a recovery residence for college-aged women, which completed a successful merger with the Aaron J. Meyer Foundation. In 2015, she won the Texas Research Society on Alcoholism, John T. and Patricia A. O’Neill Addiction Science Education Award for her research on stigma and social support for recently deployed Veterans. Her writing is featured on the Grit and Grace Project, In the Rooms, The Fix, the Addiction Technology Transfer Center and other websites. Caroline and her family live in Tennessee where she enjoys writing, hiking in the mountains, and chasing around her three-year-old twins, Henrick and Violet.