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Chelsea (she/her)

Coach, Colorado Springs

In addition to her own wellness from alcohol, Chelsea has extensive experience as an impacted loved one. She’s all about helping people meet their goals, find what makes them happy and accomplish their dreams. She wants to be the source of hope she didn’t have.

Coach type: Person with addiction and loved one

Coaching since: 2022

Lived experience:
Even though I grew up with a lot of addiction in my family, I didn’t really understand what it was. I always thought that because I didn’t do heroin or didn’t get arrested that I didn’t have a problem. In 2019, my husband went to treatment for his drinking. For years we knew we wanted to change things, but we didn’t know how to go about it. When he went to treatment, I felt guilty and ashamed because I was doing everything he was doing – but I was a better at hiding it so no one thought I had a problem. After joining a program for loved ones, I started working my own steps of recovery.

Since we’ve both gotten well, my husband and I have helped influence a lot of other people and find treatment. Our relationship is completely different now – for the better.

Professional background:
I worked as a self-employed barber for 13 years. I loved the people I got to work with and listening to what was going on in their lives. I would be the first person to hear about baby announcements, marriage announcements – I felt like I was part of those big milestones.

Holistic wellness, mental health, domestic violence, trauma, eating disorders, step-parenting

I love camping and hiking! I also enjoy reading, meditation, yoga – pretty much anything that lets me feel balanced with the universe.

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