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She Recovers: Why We’re Better Together

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She Recovers: Why We’re Better Together

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When I reached around two years sober, my recovery felt stagnant. The prospect of a life attending endless mutual-aid meetings and working menial jobs filled me with dread. I didn’t get sober to live in church basements telling my sad story over-and-over-again, or to do a meaningless job. But I didn’t know what else to do. I just knew in my heart that there had to be more.

This Was The Beginning Of A Journey To Self-Empowerment

Starting my website, Liv’s Recovery Kitchen, was a step towards leading a more fulfilling life.  I began writing about my experience of living a holistic recovery. It was cathartic, but I knew that I wanted more for my recovery. As the months went on, I began interviewing others about how they recovered. That’s when I stumbled across mother-daughter team, She Recovers. I interviewed Dawn Nickel and Taryn Strong about their movement, what recovery looked like to them, and the importance of community.

What Is She Recovers?

She Recovers is a movement of all types of women, all around the world, who are all recovering from something:

  • Substance use disorders
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Codependency
  • Trauma
  • Sexual and physical abuse
  • Disordered eating
  • Love addiction, as well as chronic illnesses including cancer

What She Recovers provides is a sense of community and connection to other women like them. They also help women connect to their bodies and to their purpose. One of She Recovers guiding principles is that recovery is a journey to wholeness, taking care of our minds, bodies, and spirits. While many women connect online in their Facebook page and group, they also connect in-person at their retreats all around the world.

Learning what I did from She Recovers proved there was indeed more to recovery than I had been experiencing. That’s when I joined their online community. I dreamed of one day attending their events; I never thought for a minute that it would happen two years later. But it did.

A Bold Step

At four and a half years sober, I took the biggest leap of faith in my life: I quit my job, sold all of my belongings, and moved to America with just two suitcases and a dream. I think the faith I had—the knowing that there had to be more to life—is what propelled me forward, and, in part, is what I credit for my success.

From month one I began writing full-time. In month two, I booked my ticket to She Recovers first signature event, She Recovers NYC, where 500 women like me would meet in real life. I didn’t really know how it would work out—just like with my move—but it did. A lovely woman I’d never met, who was part of this community, offered me a bed in her home during the event. We quickly became friends and that friendship continues today.

I had no idea what to expect from the event. On the one hand I was excited to meet the community of women that I’d been talking to online, but on the other I was anxious. I need not have been anxious. I came away from that event like I’d been given fresh air to breathe. I met women like me, we connected, and we acknowledged each other. We celebrated who we were. I no longer considered myself to be broken, instead I saw what happened to me as a gift. I looked around at a room of 500 women just like me and saw their brilliance.

The level of empathy and connection I felt there was exactly what I was so hungry for; it fulfilled me in a way nothing else had.

Want To Join?

When I heard that She Recovers is hosting an event in Los Angeles in September, I knew I had to attend. I cannot wait to hear more powerful inspirational speakers, meet new women I’ve met online, meet friends I met last year, and share space with other women who truly understand me.

I encourage every woman to attend a She Recovers event. It will show you the true potential for your recovery, empower you to live a life that you love, and enable you to celebrate the incredible woman that you already are.



Olivia Pennelle (Liv) is a freelance writer and the creator and managing editor of Liv's Recovery Kitchen: a website focused on the journey toward health and wellness for those in recovery.

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