Photograph courtesy of Covery Box
Above: Stephanie Lionetti with a sample from her Covery Box gift program
During much her twenties, STEPHANIE LIONETTI struggled with addiction until an inpatient treatment program helped her find a pathway to recovery.
“Even though you are getting the help you so desperately need, rehab can be an incredibly lonely place,” the Stamford woman says. “One of the most important things for me was knowing that the people who loved me were still on my side and there for me when I got out.”
Getting that message to Lionetti wasn’t easy while she was in treatment. For even upscale rehabs tend to be highly controlled environments where smartphones are confiscated and personal items are frequently limited to keep patients safe and focused. “Often, the people who care about you are not sure what to say or do to let you know they care,” she says. “My friends and family wanted desperately to help, but weren’t sure what to do or what they could send to [convey], ‘I’m thinking of you.’”
Based on her experience and to fill that void, Lionetti launched Covery Box, which sends curated boxes packed with thoughtful gifts intended to help women who are coping with addiction, eating disorders or emotional and physical illnesses. “They are filled with things intended to support, inspire and nurture any woman going through a challenge,” says Lionetti, a local fitness instructor who is now sober for more than two years. “They were the kinds of things I would have liked to receive when I was in treatment.”
Along with hydrating lip balms and colorful hair ties, Lionetti tucks a potpourri of items including beautifully embossed journals for recipients to record their thoughts and delicate necklaces stamped with inspirational slogans like “Let It Be” and “Strength” into her gift boxes. While every Covery Box is unique, each contains a rehab essential: a pair of whimsical, comfy socks. “You are often in sweats at [support] group meetings and no one wears shoes,” she explains. “A happy pair of socks is a fun little indulgence.”
Although Lionetti launched her business focused on supporting women recovering from addiction, not all her customers are ordering them for women in substance abuse or eating disorder treatment programs. Besides selling them online, Stephanie often sponsors and sells her Covery Boxes at fundraising walks to support recovery programs.
“I’ve had people buy boxes for someone going through cancer or to celebrate an anniversary of their sobriety,” she says. “And I love that because it’s also giving them a way to say, ‘I’m here for you.’ We all have stuff going on and it’s been wonderful to see people connect with what I’m doing in incredibly meaningful ways.”
Lionetti’s Covery Box is filled with small luxuries meant to help its recipient feel encouraged and supported. Among them, are:
- Hydrating lip balms
- Necklaces with inspirational messages
- Embossed journals
- Comfortable socks with fun patterns
- Colorful hair ties