I get to meet this pretty lady in May (She Recovers in NYC, people--yaaas!) and share the love at her wedding in June. I'm so, so, SO, stoked. We've been friends (online) for over a year and a half now, which seems nuts when I think about it. If you're not familiar with Helaina yet, get ready to dive into the life and works of one of the most accomplished sober twenty-somethings in the world. Seriously.
Name: Helaina Hovitz
Location: New York, NY
Recovery date (turning point for addiction or mental illness): 11/12/2011
Creative niche (art, music, writing, entrepreneurship, etc.): Writing
If applicable, drug of choice (or not of choice...):
Then: Weed and definitely mostly alcohol. Now: Cookies at 2am when I can't sleep.
Recovery Story in a Nutshell:
Oh boy....a nutshell? Let's hope it's a Walnut and not a Peanut, more wiggle room....I was 22, a social drinker with a few years under my belt, high-functioning, and in therapy for PTSD and anxiety when it occurred to me that I was jogging around the finish line when it came to making a full recovery. It was only once I entered 12-step recovery that I was able to start to really become the person I always wanted to be, living a life that felt fulfilling, calm, and full of healthy people and relationships.
Top 5 Recovery Tools
- Meditation and mindfulness.
- Speaking to and being of service to other women in recovery both in personal relationships and through my writing.
- Reading inspiring literature.
- Being mindful of HALT/ strong self-care.
- Remembering that everything is meant to be as it is at any given moment, even if I don't like it!