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Amber Thomas

Director of First Impressions & Peer Coach, Sioux Falls

Amber loves learning about people and helping them achieve addiction wellness. She's passionate about incorporating healthy habits in interesting ways.

Coach type: Person with addiction and loved one

Coaching since: 2019

Lived experience:

My alcohol use became problematic from the moment I had my first drink. I spent more than a decade in and out of consciousness, only sober long enough to feel intense anxiety and self-loathing. No matter how many times I quit drinking, I was never actually in recovery.

I also have a lot of experience with unhealthy family dynamics; I grew up with others who battle addiction. There’s so much secrecy and shame in the world of addiction, but I have seen the amazing results that support and compassion within a family or friendship circle can achieve.

Professional background:

For years I worked for many different companies in various fields to make ends meet. It wasn’t until I really began my recovery that I could imagine a future that went beyond 30 days. I then went back to school and earned my associate's degree. I’m currently working my way up to a master’s in psychology.

Expertise:

Mental health, family support, meditation, nutrition

Interests:

I love learning about people – our politics, cultures and beliefs – these are so connected to our behavior and therefore have a great impact on our health. I believe that exercise, meditation and a healthy diet are extremely important to wellness. I’m passionate about incorporating healthy habits in interesting ways.


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