- Renee Claire Hargraves, a former addict, has spoken about her turbulent times through addiction
- The mother of two said the feeling of not being enough and childhood trauma made her wallow in the act
- With her triumph over addiction, she now coaches people on how to deal with a similar condition
Renee Claire Hargraves, a 32-year-old woman, has spoken about her journey through addiction and how she was able to beat it.
The mom of two, who now coaches people on how to live a free and healthy life, said despite the fact that she overused painkillers and alcohol, she hid it away from her loved ones.
She connected the cause of the addiction to her traumatic childhood experience and how she had to deal with sexual abuse.
Renee said that though she had all the love that she needed as an adult, her head always told her she was never enough.
The life coach said she began mixing alcohol with medication so as to have a sense of grandeur to ease the pain that comes with being 'not good enough'.
Having a baby after meeting the love of her life in 2012 did not stop the low self-esteem she had to deal with.
Apart from taking alcohol with painkillers, the coach also had a strong addiction to shopping, which left her with debt.
The mother of two said her experiences through the turbulent times of her addiction made her want to help people in a similar situation fight the problem.
She advised people to know that life is always filled with ups and downs and none is perfect.
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