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Janelle (she/her)

Coach, Sioux Falls

For years, Janelle tried dealing with the addiction in her life on her own. One of her favorite phrases since finding wellness is “don’t waste the pain,” which is why she wanted to help other family members in need.

Coach type: Loved one

Coaching since: 2021

Lived experience:
Two of my sons have struggled on and off with addiction. For more than 10 years, I tried dealing with it all on my own – I didn’t want anyone to know. I just kept thinking, “I can fix it. I’m a mom; I can fix my kids’ issues.” Several years ago, I finally realized and understood that I needed help. My own health depended on it. I sought and found the help I needed and spent extensive time on my own wellness and addiction education. One of my favorite phrases is “don’t waste the pain” and that’s exactly why I wanted to start coaching other family members.

You can hear more of Janelle's story on this episode of the Isn't It Lovely podcast or read our online feature.

Professional background:
I previously worked in project management for two different Fortune 500 companies. In those capacities I was responsible for implementing new enterprise-wide initiatives, process improvement consultation and oversight for standards adherence. I traveled overseas extensively.
I started volunteering as a SMART Recovery and SMART Family & Friends facilitator in 2020.

Family recovery, international cultures, SMART Friends & Family, Emotional Freedom Techniques

I love to travel, golf, read, bake and spend time with my family.

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