Individual Skill Development and Enhancement
I was born and raised in Eau Claire, WI. I am a 32-year-old single mom of a 9-year-old. Now I am strong in my recovery now but it has been a journey of lots of ups and downs. I started to struggle with addiction at a young age and was soon using substances to deal with my emotions. I got involved with boys very young and often skipped school. I ended up in the hospital and rehab my senior year of high school. I went on to battle my addiction until finally at 21 it was so unbearable, I voluntarily checked myself into a detox facility and went to treatment. I ended up staying clean and sober for 5 years and worked a good program. I relapsed on and off for the next 5 years and lost myself. Hospitals and treatment facilities were my new home. I got in trouble with the law and was arrested. My addiction took everything I loved away from me and I lived in a constant state of panic, fear, and chaos. From 2020-2021 I lost several people close to me. My child’s father died from a drug overdose, a best childhood friend completed suicide, another friend was killed, and so on. My life fell apart and I didn’t want to live. I finally got the help I needed to get on with my life and have been strong in my recovery ever since. I have never felt more committed to being a strong advocate for others going through similar things.
When I was 17, I found yoga and fell in love with the practice. Learning to move my body with my breath was huge for me and my recovery. I have multiple training sessions now in yoga and am proud of the studies I have done. I am yoga of recovery certified, Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga certified, and have another 500 + hours in different training sessions on yoga. I have taught yoga in treatment centers, prisons, and now teach at a sober house!
I worked as a substance abuse professional at Affinity House with women transitioning from prison and jail for several years and discovered how much I love working with others! I am halfway through my graduate degree at Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies and Co-occurring disorders.
I am passionate about using my experience to help others battling addiction. Mental health is very important to me and I hope to help others on their journey to freedom. I know it is possible and I know how much strength and commitment it takes. I know it is my life’s purpose to make a difference in this field and I am confident that I can. I am so excited to work for C.C We Adapt and be a part of this new movement of peer support in the field. I am fully committed to making a positive impact on my future participants’ lives.