I am Julie Pike, a woman in long term recovery. For more than 24 years I have not found it necessary to pick up a drink or drug.
As a teenager I was in denial of my addictions. I believed that drinking, taking pills, and blacking out were perfectly fine and all was normal. Having little to no regard for anything or anyone, I would not listen to any suggestions about going to support groups. Then I believe those meetings were for people who couldn’t handle their life while partying.
To prove I could put down any drug – I just did it without help. However, I was clueless about how to make healthy decisions. I ended up in a very hurtful relationship with a man, who I thought I adored. My new addiction was now a toxic, co-dependent relationship. My relationship with him led to supporting him in a crime, and the result was a long time in prison.
During my prison time, I sought out spiritual direction and therapy. Both taught me how to soul search, build values, and make healthy choices. After prison, I sought help by way of a recovery home, therapy, 12-step meetings, ATR (Access To Recovery) and recovery coaching. All have helped me live a good life in the community. I know how to ask for help today, and I do ask for help. I am learning to give back, which is the best of all blessings.
Today I am further blessed to work with an amazing team at MOAR, giving back in the best positive way possible as a Recovery Coach!