Kellie Ideson joins us today on The SHAIR Podcast.

Kellie has jumped into recovery with both feet. We met when she was working with Paul Churchill over at Recovery Elevator.  Kellie is a recovery warrior, a mom, a realtor, a marketing guru, wellness advocate, and a budding writer.

Join us now as Kellie takes us through her horrific battle with drug addiction and her amazing transformational journey into recovery.

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Here are a few highlights from our interview to get the full story please join us on the Podcast now!

Kellie:  I stayed clean. You know, I guess what prevented me from starting recovery was shame. It was just, I’m a mom, I’m not supposed to be drinking wine at soccer, and no other mom must be going through this. Yeah, it was shame that kept me out of recovery for so long.

Omar:  At what point did you have a spiritual awakening, that aha moment in recovery when you accepted that you were powerless over drugs and alcohol but for the first time had developed the hope that you could recover?

Kellie:  I think that for me it wasn’t one aha moment. It’s been a series of events, and it’s not in a monetary sense, just all of my needs are being met, be it a pretty package or not. I am getting what I need through my recovery. If I stay on the path and I do the work and I stay diligent, small aha moments happen every day. I may not even realize it until the next week, “Oh, dang, that just happened, and there was a reason for that.” For me, that’s it. It wasn’t like a lightning bolt, it was just a series of events that made me have faith.

Omar:  Number three, do you have a favorite book that you would recommend to a newcomer that you read in early recovery, and also the book about grief?

Kellie:  Yes. Of course, the Big Book of AA saved my life. In early recovery I really wasn’t coherent enough to focus on that meat of the book, so I read the stories in the back, and then I slowly worked my way up to the front of the book. The book about grief that was life changing for me is Grieving Mindfully by Sameet M. Kumar.

It is a life changing book. Everyone I talk to, it comes up in conversation, like, “You should read this book.” There is one more book I’m reading right now, Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl.

Omar:  What is the best suggestion you have ever received?

Kellie:  Really, just to do the next right thing. I still use that. In early recovery, when I was not super keen on self-care, the next right thing was just brush my teeth, one day. Load the dishwasher. Then those little things add up and then you’re actually doing something like service work for someone else. But for me, that next right thing was really service work to myself, what am I going to do in the next moment to stay sober, or the next moment to get a little bit healthier today. I still love that one.

Omar:  If you could give our newcomers only one suggestion, what would that be?

Kellie:  Use your voice. I just hate the stigma. The recent death of the Sound Garden guy, and whatever happened there happened, but I just get so frustrated with the stigma and it’s not going to change until we start talking about it. Those still suffering need to talk about it. You don’t get better, and the shame is just going to swallow society at some point you got to come out. It’s just like any other thing you come out about, you just … You got to. Tell your story. Use your voice, and get help. You can’t get better if no one knows you’re suffering.

Social Media

Website – Pure Life Recovery

Facebook  Kellie Ideson

Recommended Books:

Grieving Mindfully: A Compassionate and Spiritual Guide to Coping with Loss by Sameet M. Kumar PhD

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl


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