In this episode I’m joined by Jaime Fessler. (Fun fact we’re both graduates of the same inpatient facility- Brighton Hospital- in Michigan.) Jamie, along with her daughter Hope, have created a phenomenal education tool- the Hope and Jamie show. A talk show-esque style engagement forum that carries am upbeat light tone while tackling heavy issues. Topics like addiction, being the child of an alcoholic, and sexual/domestic abuse. The pair also share the skills and practical know how needed for navigating such situations.
Jaime got married young, at 19 years old, and jumped right into motherhood having three children. After almost 10 years of marriage she divorced and it was then that her drinking really became an issue. After getting out of the controlling relationship as Jaime puts it, she started drinking because she could. She got into an abusive relationship and her drinking went from social and turned into a coping mechanism. It was at that point that the alcohol started controlling her. Over the next six years Jaime’s drinking progressed to the point where it became a problem.
Rock bottom came in the from of a doctor visit. The intent being to tell her physician of the addiction, while his response was adding Xanax and other sedatives. As you might imagine that didn’t go well, resulting in a hospital trip from an overdose. It wasn’t till she returned home from the hospital that she realized she had taken around 20 of them that night. Three days later she was in Brighton Center for Recovery. That was in the spring of 2014 and I’m happy to say Jaime’s been in a much better place sense. Would you like to book the Hope and Jaime Show? You can do so by getting in touch with Jaime on her Facebook page, calling at 231-218-6696 or emailing email@example.com.
What We Discuss with Jaime:
- She tells us about The Hope and Jamie show.
- Jaime shares her opinion on addiction and the stigma that comes along with it.
- She opens up about growing up in a home with an alcoholic father, her own alcohol use, and how it progressed up until the point where she realized it had become a problem.
- Jaime and I discuss substance abuse education in schools. She shares her experience with Just Say No campaign, and we share our thoughts on what a better education system might look like.
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