Nicole is a mother of three from the mountains of western NC in long term recovery from drugs and alcohol. She is a graduate of UNC—Asheville and has a MA in counseling from Southeastern Seminary at Wake Forest. She is a recovery advocate, counselor and peer support specialist for mothers (and mothers-to-be) with Substance Use Disorder.
Nicole is a mother, daughter, sister, friend, partner, a survivor of cancer, grief and loss, but the hat she wears most proudly is being a woman in recovery, because of how hard she has worked for it. She believes that, like addiction, recovery has many faces, so there is no one size fits all path to find wellness and recovery, and she spends any time she can championing that message so other women can feel less alone in their journeys.
Nicole enjoys being outside in her beloved Smoky Mountains, good books, great coffee and art journaling. She is also a Sober Mommies contributor sharing her heart for all.
Melissa is a 29-year-old student and a stay at home mom to her two boys – 3-year-old Watson and her newborn Emerson. She is married to a wonderful sober man and they have created a blessed life in Southern California.
Melissa has been sober since 11.6.13 and is active in 12 step fellowships. She understands that there are no sober blueprints and different things work for different people. She wholeheartedly believes that if we chase our own solution, choose kindness, and seek out anything bigger than ourselves, our lives will change.
Along with addiction, Melissa struggles with mental health issues, an addiction to self-harm, and a habit of self-loathing. Through sobriety she has begun to overcome those obstacles.
She enjoys hiking and The Office. She loves cold brew, yoga, and horror. If she could change one thing about herself, it’d be her proneness to procrastination.
Hillary Dumas, Contributor
Hillary is a woman in long term recovery from alcohol and heroin and is from central Massachusetts. She is a survivor of homelessness, sexual exploitation and domestic violence. Hillary is a single mother to a strong willed two year old girl.
Hillary works in substance abuse treatment and is currently finishing up a certificate in Drug and Alcohol Counseling and is working on her Psychology undergrad. She is two classes away from becoming Trauma Informed Care Certified.
An avid coffee drinker, Hillary never turns down a mocha latte. She refuses to write with any pen that isn’t black, would live in black leggings if she could, and enjoys Taco Tuesdays and new experiences with her daughter.
Esther is from Wales in the UK. Sober since 2014 — after 20 years alcoholism and a hefty marijuana habit — she found her path to recovery through the Yoga teacher training she turned to following a breakdown in 2013. Esther credits Yoga with saving her life. She is the author of Bent Back into Shape, Beating Addiction Through Yoga, and a powerful and inspirational writer and speaker. She shares her experience to inspire and help others.
You can read more about Esther on her website , where you can get a free ebook sharing, “10 Tips for a Happy Recovery.”
Connect with her on Facebook, and Twitter/Instagram @esthernagle.
Raegan Smith – Contributor
Raegan is a sober mom, loving daughter, annoying sibling, and honored sister-friend to many kindred souls. She relies heavily on vulnerability, sarcasm, and colorful language to speak her truth through writing. Writing is her primary means of survival, self care, satisfaction and support.
Nicole has been a member of our support groups since day one. She has been a constant source of support and inspiration to countless moms as a group admin, and has recently accepted a position as our newest regular blog contributor! Nicole is an East Coast mama, a survivor of all the things, and a fierce advocate for women. She’s a big fan of the “f-word,” practices kindness, and loves patchwork.
Nicole’s writing is raw and honest, and her heart is always open and accepting. She bravely overshares the details of her incredible journey through medication assisted recovery to let other moms know they’re never alone.
Rachel has been in recovery since October 29, 2010, and she’s not afraid to speak out about it. She lives in Michigan with her partner and two daughters. Rachel was our very first official contributor, and continues her willingness to share her raw truth in an incredibly relatable way. She is a self-proclaimed nerd.
Connect with Rachel on twitter @racheltrm
Brittany is a person living a sober life. Having spent the better part of her adolescence & young adulthood held captive by polysubstance dependence, depression and trauma related dissociation, she was also comfortable with chaos, loud bars, and abusive men. Brittany’s personal recovery experience has shown her the value and necessity of having support available, and she has dedicated the last nine years of her sober life doing her best to give back in various ways. Today, she is a happily (not perfectly) married wife and a stay-at-home mom to three young boys.
She shares her story of surviving trauma, faith, strength and freedom on her blog Discovering Beautiful.