Sam Pedersen

Director of Residence Life

“Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.” – W. Somerset Maugham

I grew up on the northwest side of Chicago. My childhood group of friends started experimenting with substances early on, and by the time I started high school, I was beginning to understand the long-term consequences of substance use as a means of coping.

Mental health disorders including addiction are deep-seated in my family history, but after losing a friend to a heroin overdose, I was driven towards understanding the relationship between mental health, substance use, and self-medication on a deeper level.

I graduated from Lake Forest College in 2017 with a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology, and I’m in the process of earning my Certificate of Alcohol and Drug Counseling. I have experience working as a substance use counselor for a non-profit agency on the west side of Chicago, I’m a certified SMART Recovery Facilitator, and I have continued to be substance-free by choice since early adolescence.

I believe that recovery looks different for every individual and that addiction does not discriminate based on socioeconomic demographics. However, everyone has the ability to learn how to healthily cope with the human condition. I’m happy to be a part of the team at Providence Farm as the Director of Residence Life, and I’m looking forward to working with your family member in their search for progression and recovery.