In this episode of The Grass Gets Greener podcast, I'm joined by Natalie Calkins Rountree of Sober Living Soulful Living. Natalie joins me to share her story of what led her to struggle with alcoholism for 15 years and how she was able to get through the pain to overcome that and get her life back.
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Natalie was verbally and physically abused by an ex-boyfriend and then had a miscarriage when she was four months pregnant at 20 years old.
Effects of the traumatic experience:
The experience with her ex-boyfriend deflated her self-esteem, left her with no self-worth and caused her to be depressed. She also had difficulty being in relationships, and turned to alcohol to numb all of the pain.
Overcoming the traumatic experience:
Meditation has been a big part of Natalie's healing. Also, getting sober, taking part in Alcoholics Anonymous, being around supportive people and cutting those out of her life who are not supportive have helped Natalie greatly.
What Natalie does today:
Natalie is a public speaker and writer on the topic of sobriety recovery, particularly for alcoholic mothers.
Given what you know now, if you could go back to when you were going through the tough times and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
Natalie's Answer: Love yourself.
SoberLivingSoulfulLiving.com - Natalie's website
Facebook - Natalie's Facebook page
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