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Joey (he/him)

Coach, Colorado Springs

Joey grew up around alcohol addiction and started his own alcohol and other drug use as a teenager. What started as a way to build confidence became a cycle of emotional lows, isolation and suicidality. After committing to wellness, all areas of his life have blossomed.

Coach type: Persons with addiction

Coaching since: 2023

Lived experience:
I started drinking and smoking marijuana when I was 16. By the time I got to college, my addiction was getting out of control. Pretty much every drug was in the picture by then. I dropped out of school, was in trouble with the law and got to a point where I didn’t want to live anymore. I relapsed after about a year of sobriety and was drunk for probably two weeks straight. I realized it was a matter of life or death for me and I needed to truly get well. Since then, my life has just blossomed.

Professional background:
I’ve enjoyed jobs in the mental health space most. I’ve worked as a mental health technician and peer coach, both of which were very fulfilling. Being able to connect with someone and seeing their true growth is incredible.

Mental illness, suicidality, emotional wellbeing, community

I love snowboarding, playing hockey and long boarding. I also hike with my dog and listen to a lot of music.

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