Ben Cort’s passion for recovery, prevention, and harm reduction comes from his own struggle with substance abuse. Sober since July 15, 1996, he has been a part of the recovery community in almost every way imaginable, from a recipient to a provider to a spokesperson. Mr. Cort has a deep understanding of the issues surrounding treatment of substance abuse and a personal motivation to see the harmful effects of drug and alcohol abuse minimized.
In 2007, Mr. Cort left his position as a human resources director for a Denver-based, S&P 500 firm to help start the Colorado based nonprofit, Phoenix Multisport (PM). As an original board member and then the company’s first full time employee, he was instrumental in building this organization, which has received frequent national recognition for its innovative approach to building sober communities around sports and healthy activities.
Mr. Cort joined the drug policy conversation at the national level in 2012, after leaving PM to be a part of the “No on 64” Campaign. Following the passage of Colorado’s Amendment 64, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana), as well as the National Association of Lesbian, Gay, and Transgender Treatment Providers and their Allies (NALGAP). Ben’s passion about the intersection of recovery and public policy makes him a frequent media contributor.
In January 2017, Mr. Cort resigned from his position with the University of Colorado Hospital, where he had worked in their chemical dependency treatment service, to focus on marijuana education and consulting in the field of substance abuse treatment. His first book, Stirring the Pot – A Book About Weed is due out in 2017.