Michele NS

I didn’t become an alcoholic overnight.  My disease progressed over 22 years. It took me 11 years to get sober despite numerous treatment centers.  My disease took me to places I’d never thought I’d see and new bottoms I never imagined. Just when I thought I couldn’t get any lower, I’d dig a hole underneath my rock bottom. But I never gave up hope.  I knew that if I worked just as hard at my sobriety as I did my alcoholism, I’d eventually get clean.  I finally realized that in order to win I had to lose my battle with alcohol. I ceased fighting. I began to pick up the pieces and repair the damage I caused to myself and others. I never thought about life after drinking because so much energy went into quitting.  It took some time, healing, and forgiveness.  Not just forgiving the harm others caused me, but forgiving self-inflicted harm.  Today I practice self-care by putting my sobriety first, exercising, maintaining a proper diet, and getting plenty of rest when possible.

I have a clear understanding of chronic relapse, and how to identify behaviors associated with the Stages of Relapse.  My professional training as a Recovery Coach and Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist has given me working knowledge about substance use disorders (i.e. use, misuse, abuse, and dependency).  I've worked as a Recovery Coach in the trenches and on the front lines in Southeast, Washington DC a.k.a Ward 7 & 8. Working with women in recovery is my passion and allows me to utilize my strengths: honesty, compassion, reliable, proactive, and committed.  Practicing discretion comes naturally and so does my ability to honor confidentiality. Potential clients can be assured that as a Sober Companion I will be an anonymous provider, able to support your recovery in any situation.​

I’m here to share my experience with you and give you hope. I am not a psychiatrist, therapist, nurse, or doctor. However, I am willing to develop a close bond and trusted relationship with you, so that I can tailor services to your situation, needs, desires, and goals. I am here to help guide and support your decision not to use any substances. I will provide emotional support and help with daily living needs such as: maintaining a schedule to fulfill professional and personal commitments, hitting the gym, taking medication, and creating a supportive 

network. Being mindful of the consequences of picking up that drink or drug is all part of the process. Whether you want to hear it or not, my primary purpose is, to be honest with you and hope you will be honest with yourself.

"It Takes A Village"

Doctor/Nurse Practitioner

Alcohol and drugs can cause long lasting 

physical damage to your body.  We recommend seeing your primary care physician for routine health exams.

Psychiatrist/Therapist

Dual diagnosis clients with a history of

mental illness will more than likely have a

Psychiatrist and/or Therapist to assist with

medication management and talk therapy/counseling.

Probation/Parole Officer

If you've been arrested, charged, convicted, and/or incarcerated, you may be placed on probation/parole with guidelines such as abstaining from alcohol and drugs.  You may need an advocate like a Sober Companion to vouch for your compliance with the courts.

Attorney

Chances are if you've had a DUI/DWI, disorderly, possession charge, and/or been arrested, you have a Lawyer.

Nutritionist

A Nutritionist advises you on maintaining a

proper diet and customizes a meal plan

so you can achieve healthy goals.

Personal Trainer

A Personal Trainer will customize a general

fitness routine, motivate you and

provide feedback.

Believe it or not, you have a team of people available to assist you with your recovery.  Some of your team members may already be in place, but if not I am prepared to assemble a team of professionals to foster sustainable sobriety and the healthy lifestyle you deserve.

Social Worker

A Social Worker can assist you with accessing vital community resources.

Sponsor

A Sponsor is someone that can guide you through any 12-Step pathway of recovery.

Family/Friends

You can't choose your family, but you can choose your friends.  Most of us have burned bridges and damaged relationships. Healing begins when you get Sober and stay Sober.

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