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  • A Partnership That Pops


    If you ask any Renascent alumni, they will tell you that their recovery journey is their biggest comeback story. Emily O’Brien, Founder and CEO of Comeback Snacks, shares a sobering connection to these recovery stories through her own personal experience.

    “Everyone has their own journey to sobriety. My sober house just happened to be prison, but I don’t think I could have done it without being in a group among other people who are also trying to be sober,” said Emily.

    Emily’s incarceration was her inspiration to do good for others; she was on a mission to make a difference. After finding herself in prison, feeling anxious and uncertain of what was to come, her creative side started to stew. Emily came up with the idea to produce flavored popcorn after seeing some other women making popcorn recipes with flavour combinations they could find on a budget. And so, came to be Cons & Kernels (now Comeback Snacks).

    Comeback Snacks has been a proud supporter of Renascent. They are a sponsor for this year’s Renascent Laughs – our annual comedy event – and sponsored last year’s Recovery Month – a month dedicated to celebrating recovery from addiction. They also continue to partner with Renascent on various engagement and philanthropic activities.

    “We at Comeback Snacks believe in the power of people and helping them discover greatness in themselves. We are proud to support our partner Renascent and help raise money to support their life-changing rehabilitation programs which have given countless people living with addiction a second chance.”

    We asked Emily what recovery meant to her, she says… “It means finding a balance in the middle of an unbalanced world. It also means having the support
    that so many need. I think it is also about unity and community, and honesty. “

    The power of recovery ripples with the continued support of you our donors, our partners and Alumni. Together we can break barriers and silence stigma.

    To order Comeback Snacks – the popcorn so good it’s criminal – visit the online store at comebacksnacks.com or visit their Hamilton Commissary Store located at 302 Main St W, Hamilton.

    About the Authors

    Renascent Staff
    The staff at Renascent is passionate about helping people with substance addictions so they can reach their full recovery – with compassion, respect, empathy and understanding. Our staff includes our counsellors, all of whom have lived experience of addiction and recovery.