Story 7/25 Survivor: Dawn Nickel
I am a grateful survivor. I started a journey of recovery from substance addiction (drugs including alcohol) in 1987. I’ve taken a few detours but have been clean from all mood and mind altering substances for all but two days in the past 27 years. I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished in that time. I raised two beautiful daughters in recovery, have been married to the same person for 25 years, and earned three degrees including a PhD. I’m living proof that anything is possible when we choose recovery.
A few years ago, while recovering from a serious case of workaholism, I decided to apply what I knew about recovery from drug addiction to other areas of my life. As I healed, I began to awaken to what I know now is my purpose in life – to create and hold space (online and off) to support women in recovery to connect with themselves, and with other like-hearted women. I started out blogging and within a short time had built the foundation for what is now a very large online social community for women recovering in all areas of their (She Recovers) . My daughter Taryn (a yoga teacher, also in recovery) joined me in these efforts and now in addition to our online efforts, we run a successful retreat and event business for women in recovery.
I’m proud of the woman I have become. I’ll keep supporting other women to recover by sharing what I’ve learned about recovery not only from addiction to substances but work addiction, codependency (still working on that), from stage three colon cancer and from grief, anxiety and perfectionism. I believe that we are all recovering from something, we recover in many different ways, and that we’re stronger together.
Life is precious. And so are we all.
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