I am Stephanie White, a recovering addict of 17 years and internationally-licensed addictions specialist. I’ve worked with clients diagnosed with PTSD, eating disorders, gambling, sex, and all substance addictions. Ask me anything.
EDIT: We’re now off for today! Will check back in tomorrow to answer a couple other questions, and have included our goodbyes below!
In 2003, I found myself surrounded by friends and family who came to tell me they were worried about my cocaine use. I had changed: I was irresponsible, unreliable, and absent. When I look back now, the word I always think of is “drowning”. Yet somehow, the fear of change was less than the fear staying the same.
I was admitted to treatment shortly after and my road to recovery began. Once I graduated, I knew I wanted to give back. So I began volunteering at a Toronto treatment centre. Seventeen years later, I’ve had experience dealing with process addictions (i.e. gambling, eating disorders, sex addictions, PTSD) and substance addictions. I’ve lectured at universities and in communities across Ontario. The ongoing problem of addiction and recidivism in jails lead me to write and facilitate a recovery program pro-bono for clients at Ontario Correctional Institute. In 2017, I was elected to the Renascent Foundation Board of Directors, where I advise on CPQ (client programming quality), business development, and fund-raising initiatives.
I also have two Great Danes because I’m not allowed to have horses in the city.
I have gone from addict to sitting on the board of director at one of Canada’s leading non-profit treatment centres for 50 years. To anyone reading this struggling with addiction or know someone who is, it is never too late to recover. Addiction is a disease. Having it is not your fault, But treatment is your responsibility.
September is National Recovery Month, so I’m more than happy to answer questions about how addictions are formed, how to identify signs of struggle, crisis management, how to find help in your community or within your peer group, and how to tell others that you need help.
But of course, you may ask me anything!
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EDIT: 3 PM EST: That's all for today. We'll be back tomorrow to answer a couple questions already posted, but we're signing off for now. But before we do...
We want to apologize if we couldn't answer some questions well enough for some of you.
The truth is that addiction is a highly personal problem. When we recommend resources in your area, it is a means for you to reach out to those who can personalize care for you.
We also wanted to keep Renascent’s methods at the forefront of all we said and cannot speak about treatment methods that we don’t practice.
This is our first AMA, and we want you to know that we came away from the experience having learned something.
Thank you so much for participating!