Meet Robin McIntosh

Where do you live? Oakland, California

Who are you, and what do you do? I’m an experienced entrepreneur and designer and current co-founder and co-CEO Workit Health, which offers online, on-demand addiction treatment that is affordable and engaging.

What is your relationship to addiction and recovery? I’m a passionate advocate for people struggling, and I’m in long-term recovery from an eating disorder and alcohol addiction. I went to treatment multiple times trying to get sober, and it finally stuck when I was sent to California and got plugged in with an amazing group of women in the 12-step community after treatment. Today, recovery looks like a combination of medication, healthy habits and social support.

Where did you go to school, what did you study and when did you graduate? I am lucky enough to have an abundance of creative degrees. I received my Bachelor of Arts in creative writing and literature with a minor in art history in 2008 from the University of Michigan and a second degree in visual design from the California College of the Arts in 2012.

What is on your bookshelf? Currently reading Amy Hempel’s Reasons to Live alongside What to Expect When You’re Expecting. My partner and I are expecting a daughter come late August — our first child!

What’s something most people don’t know about you? I was left-handed until I was in kindergarten. I went to a very strict private school, and my teacher made me switch. She said it was undignified to write with my left hand.

What is on your bucket list? Shrine hopping in Japan, teaching my daughter how to read and meeting my literary heroes face to face. 

What is one thing you are glad to have done but wouldn’t do it again? Staying in youth hostels throughout my teens and 20s.

What is the best gift you’ve ever received? Beau, my partner.

What are you proudest of? Staying sober and abstinent and loving people well.

What does your future hold? If only I knew! Hopefully, health, happiness and gummy candy.

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