I started using alcohol at age 15 and it felt like the perfect solution to my childhood trauma and dysfunctional home life. My values changed almost immediately, and I went from having LDS background to the other end of the spectrum. I got a DUI when I was 16 and many underage alcohol misdemeanors. I was kicked out of high school and was ashamed that I had a GED and not a high school diploma. I was pregnant at age 18 and was able to stop drinking but started again shortly after my daughter was born. I didn’t have any more legal consequences after that first DUI, mostly because of luck. My biggest consequence from drinking was that it stunted my growth as a human being.

My recovery from alcohol has really been about recovering from the reasons why I drank, which I can address now that I am not drinking. My threshold for being unhappy was fairly low, in comparison to others’ stories. This is not to undermine or deny what I went through. I had withdrawal symptoms from alcohol, shitty relationships, and no sense of self. When people in AA say, “If I drink, I will die,” I don’t entirely relate. If I drink, I may die eventually and my disease will continue to progress, but more likely, I will be miserable in my existence. I won’t achieve my purpose, be connected to a higher power, or have fulfilling relationships. I have learned that my addiction to alcohol is a symptom of trauma, and drinking was merely a coping skill.  Alcohol worked very well to numb my pain and it helped me disassociate. I didn’t even know I was disassociating until I started my recovery journey. It becomes more and more apparent that I didn’t know how to cope with my feelings or know how to be comfortable in my skin.

My personal work and successes have been on self-forgiveness and love, forgiving others, learning healthy boundaries, and being the best mother possible. I am in recovery from alcohol and co-dependency. I am learning how to feel my feelings, cope with life, and stand up for myself and my worth. I live in Idaho, and I am a single mom to 3 amazing, beautiful daughters. I am so proud of myself for breaking the intergenerational patterns in my family.

My curiosity about sobriety started about 3 years ago. I started listening to podcasts in the beginning of my recovery and found The SHAIR Podcast with Omar Pinto. I loved his voice and his energy. I have found his interviews to have a profound impact on my ability to see my addiction as an opportunity and not a dirty secret. I eventually became a member of his FB group and then joined the SRC where I have connected with so many amazing people in recovery. I feel the SRC group has kept me sober.

I can access meetings via Zoom which has been crucial to me since I am at home with my kids and haven’t found an AA group in my community where I feel connected. The connection with others in the group has saved me from loneliness and isolation. I have found a sponsor in one of these groups who was willing to complete the 12 steps with me which has been transformational!  I am almost 5 months in my recovery from alcohol and 95% of the time, I don’t even think about drinking. I am so grateful for the SRC, the SHAIR podcast, my sponsor, the step work, and online recovery.

Anxiety, fear, and overwhelm create a state of paralysis. How can we move past the fear and take action in our lives?

Carolyn Colleen is a PhD candidate, speaker, author and coach. Out of sheer necessity Carolyn developed the F.I.E.R.C.E. 5 method, which helped her grow from a downtrodden, scared and ragged victim, standing in a food line at the Salvation Army, to the confident and successful person she is today, living a happy life she never realized she deserved.

In this episode, she talks about her recovery from codependency and how her F.I.E.R.C.E. 5 method will empower you to transform your life in just 5 minutes at a time.

Carolyn Colleen

Born and raised in the Midwest, Carolyn is a self-described fierce mother, daughter, sister, friend. Her mother was a hoarder, who took strangers in. She gave them a place to stay and a warm meal, but her kindheartedness exposed Carolyn to sexual, physical, and emotional abuse.

As Carolyn became an adult, codependency ruled her life. She was addicted to saving those who were misunderstood. It wasn’t until her daughter was born that Carolyn realized what unconditional love really meant.

Carolyn still had a long road to recovery ahead of her, but she never gave up on finding her true purpose. She learned to trust herself, believe in herself, and practice self-love.

Today her mission is to serve other women who want to transform their lives.

Links

Get the FIERCE Action Guide

Join the FIERCE Academy

 


Like the show?
Support The Recovery Revolution

LEAVE AN ITUNES REVIEW


DONATE

If you would like to Donate to The Recovery Revolution you can do so using PayPal! The entire amount of your donation will go towards maintaining and growing the show.

To Donate now click on the Donate Button below!

HP Baby!