Dr. Ron Springel recently retired from the practice of Addiction Medicine and now engages full-time as a recovery advocate. Formerly a member of the Maine Association of Recovery Residences Board of Directors, he now serves as the Executive Director for the group. A long-time advocate for people in recovery from Substance Use Disorder (SUD), Dr. Springel has worked with local, state and federal governments to increase opportunities for people with a SUD to achieve contented recovery. He has served as a methadone treatment director, inpatient addiction treatment medical director as well as participated in numerous state and local committees. His involvement with recovery residences dates to 1986 when he opened the first Oxford House in eastern Washington State. He was recently appointed by Maine Governor Janet T. Mills to serve on the state Overdose Review Panel to investigate accidental overdose deaths. He lives with his wife, Heidi, in Scarborough, Maine.