KAY KIMBALL, MHS, CAC III
Kay has been an Addiction Counselor and Life Coach since 2004 and has been in recovery since 1992. Bringing together the best tools and practices from the East and West, she has helped hundreds of clients navigate the sometimes turbulent waters of recovery and create success, joy, and balance in their lives. Prior to starting Bridging Recovery, Kay was a Primary Counselor and Coach for 10 years at InnerBalance Health Center, a holistic treatment center in Loveland, Colorado. At InnerBalance she worked with clients and their families to create successful short-term and long-term recovery plans and then followed clients for 12 to 18 months after their initial treatment resulting in her becoming a transitions expert.
For many of us, the symptoms that drive our addiction begin long before we pick up the first drink or drug – feeling like we don’t quite fit in or belong, judging and comparing ourselves to others, poor sleep patterns, anxiety, low energy, sugar cravings, inability to focus or concentrate and low mood to name a few. This is why in his book “In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts,” Gabor Mate, M.D. refers to addiction as an adaptation to momentarily feel calmer, more excited, or less dissatisfied with life. “The aching emptiness is perpetual because the substances, objects or pursuits we hope will soothe it are not what we really need.”
As we go deeper into our addiction, our world gets smaller and smaller until almost the only thing that brings us pleasure is our chemicals. When we recover, all aspects of our world change so the healing practices we use to focus on all aspects of ourselves with clear-seeing kindness – body, emotion, mind, spirit, environment, relationships, and work. To be able to successfully heal from addiction, it is crucial that a healthy balance is restored on all levels (see Healing and Balance Matrix).
Early recovery is a vulnerable time as one by one the doors we have shut begin to open while at the same time our body and mind are trying to re-balance and function without chemicals. My sessions provide a safe, compassionate container to learn and practice the necessary skills and behaviors to return health and well-being and enjoy Complete Recovery.
Kay Kimball has been trained in Structured Family Recovery® *STRUCTURED FAMILY RECOVERY® is a specific, well-defined program for addiction recovery management leveraging family systems conducted by practitioners who have completed the Love First, Inc. STRUCTURED FAMILY RECOVERY® Counselor training program and are certified by Love First, Inc. to conduct the program.