Ep. 35 – Kelli Estes; Prescription Drugs, Addiction, & Sobriety

Ep. 35 - Kelli Estes; Prescription Drugs, Addiction, & Sobriety | Sucker Punched | BeckyLMcCoy.com

Almost 20 years ago, Kelli was a nurse and addicted to prescription pain killers. She had experimented with drugs and alcohol as a teenager, but experienced a greater high from the medication she took as an adult for TMJ than she ever did as a drunk teen. She kept her addiction a secret from her family and coworkers because she was afraid of losing her job, her marriage, and other relationships. Eventually, Kelli had to take a leave of absence and then go through a probational period in her nursing job while she got sober. As she fought for sobriety, Kelli found grace in books with stories about people living through hard things, a new job with better pay, her husband who did not leave her, and learning to have a relationship with God, not just learn about him. Kelli uses her story now to encourage people that you can’t pick an addict out of a crowd; no one is immune to addiction. She continues to be brave as she is transparent with her experience and wants people struggling with addiction now to know, “you are not alone, this does not define you, and you are loved.”

Kelli’s Answers To The Fun Questions:
? What are you loving right now? Currently reading No More Faking Fine by Esther Fleece
? What’s your favorite food/meal/snack? Sautéed veggies with mashed cauliflower
? What are you doing to take care of yourself? Changing to a healthier way of eating and going to the gym
? What are you doing to be brave? Interviewing for new jobs and taking trips

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