My background is varied. I have worked in education, counseling, fitness or the arts most of my life. My B.A. is in English Literature. My minor was in Theater. I have a Master’s of the Arts in Teaching. At one point or another I have been a Certified Mediator (Conflict Resolution), Teacher Trainer, Recovery Coach, Mad Dogg Spinning Instructor. I have held other certificates in HIV Counseling and Testing, Pool Operations, and in other various programs around supplemental education grants, Harm Reduction, and HIV/AIDS support. I doubt most of those certificates are still valid. I have no medical training (other than CPR and NARCAN). My Myers-Briggs is somewhere between an INFP (The Healer) and an INFJ (The Counselor). I am, as they say, what I am (CM).
Because recovery covers a vast area and because in my mind we all are recovering from a multitude of issues, events, medical conditions, etc., you should not take my words as being those of an expert in any field. Read with an open mind, try any suggestions that sound good to you, but depend first on the advice and prescriptions of your medical provider.
I believe you have it in you to make the necessary changes to bring about a re(dis)covery, a re(dis)covery of who you were, who you want to be, who you can be. I am here to offer my experiences, my thoughts, and my creative energy. You must do the planning, the exploration, and the hard work. We all have the potential for growth and change. When we actively seek out that growth and change, I call that being IN RE(dis)COVERY.